A Week on the Gower Peninsula. Day 6. Crossing the Fields to the Coast.

The beautiful Gower coast.

Here’s the post about day 6 of our visit to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll find day 1 here, day 2 here, day 3 here, day 4 here, and day 5 here.

The weather forecast was for heavy rain likely to cause local flooding on the roads around us. We’d left our car parked since our arrival and this news did nothing to persuade us to use it. Instead, we set off through the village to some paths the National Trust marked on their handy map showing routes through their fields toward the coast. It was local, so we could quickly return to shelter should the early rain prove too heavy as we progressed.

As it happened, we walked only half an hour in the wet and the rest of our walk was under grey skies with occasional bright patches.

The first track, in the rain.

The tracks included partially gravelled trails suitable for vehicles, field paths, and an interesting slow rise up what had been turned into a minor watercourse by the weather. We passed grazing ponies, wind-flattened trees, and a field striped with rows of lavender, planted no doubt to serve the shop in the visitor centre.

Crossing one of the fields.
More a small watercourse than a path, but passable.
A tunnel through trees.
Ponies graze in one of the fields the route crosses.
The wind blows fierce up here!
Neat rows of lavender grow in one of the fields we crossed.

The coast came into view and we happened on a craftsman repairing one of the tumbled drystone walls. I’d have liked to pick his brains, as I need to build a very short length of such wall at the foot of my home garden. Unfortunately, as is the way with those engaged on such work, he preferred his own company and disappeared from sight until we’d passed by.

The coast appears.
Repairing a fallen wall.

Our track opened onto wild clifftop heath and we gazed along the long line of cliffs before descending, via a path we’d seen on an earlier walk, to the rocks of the coast. From there, we turned and walked along the coast path back toward Worms Head, past some fascinating rock formations on the seashore.

A series of headlands and bays make up the coast looking southeast toward Mumbles.
Looking back along our route to the coast.
Another wind blown tree beside the path.
Bracken edges the track and an old field boundary comes into view.
Sea views are rarely missing from the coast path.
The path passes the old field and we encounter other walkers.
A careful descent took us to the shore with its flat rocks.
The work of geological eons laid out along the coast.
Bright succulents survive among the shore rocks.
Valerie emerges from behind the rocks after a short exploratory venture to the sea’s edge.
And she captures me descending another track after we left the sea behind for a spell.
Oddly, this was the first large ship we spotted in the time we were out walking.
The trail winds and wanders up and down as it takes walkers along the coast.
And, eventually, Worms Head reappears.
Some startling rock formations form the shore here.
I love the way the sea has worn the rock into interesting shapes.
Signs of erosion along the popular route to Worms Head.
Once on the headland, the bay and Burry Holms appear.
Looking back along the enginered path that leads most down to Worms Head.

We climbed back up the headland and caught our first sight of a group of people filming a scene for an episode of a drama called ‘A Discovery of Witches’, due for release on Sky TV, as we’d learned from our hotel receptionist. We’d spotted their large collection of trailers parked on the far side of the car park previously (you couldn’t really miss them!) Not subscribers to Sky, we’d no idea what the crew and cast were up to. It seemed to be a scene involving a rowing boat in the shallow surf of the incoming tide. I took pictures from our distance because the small figures made interesting shapes against the sand and water.

Our first, unexpected, view of the film crew and actors.

We travelled further up the hill and came across an odd piece of ancient timber surrounded by a rusting iron cage. Looked intriguing, so we asked about it at the visitor centre and discovered it’s the remains of an old winch used many decades ago in rescuing people in trouble at the foot of the cliffs.

The site of the ancient reacue winch.
And the preserved timber.
Further along the clifftop we came again upon the filming.
The crew had their various vehicles and ancilliary equipment on the beach and the lower path beside Rhossili Beacon.

As we progressed along the clifftop, we had different views of the filming on the beach below before we finally made it to the village. Again we lunched at the Lookout. Back to the hotel, as the rain had then set in with a vengeance and we’d definitely had the best of the day.

I liked the line of figures across the wet sand.
And a final shot of the bay before we went for our late lunch.

Day 7, and our day of departure will follow shortly.

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