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A Week on the Gower Peninsula. Last Day. A Final Walk Along the Coast Path.

From the coast path looking along the Gower coast.

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

The weather forecast promised an improving day, starting with light rain and overcast skies. We set off, trusting the good old Met Office to get it right. Having eschewed the car for the rest of the week, we decided to make our last day another local walk. Earlier, we’d attempted a route suggested by the map provided by the National Trust in their visitor centre. Somehow, we’d lost our way on that and ended up on a slightly different path. We thought we’d try it this time walking the other way round.

The first part was along the road in the village and then a path we’d already used. We turned off this and travelled toward the road again to pass through the villages of Middleton and Pitton, where we were able to return to more rural tracks.

Looking back toward the village from the track.
The first part took us through walled lanes in the wet.
But we soon found the coast path and our first sight of the sea.

The walk took us on a route we’d already travelled for a short distance before we came upon the new part, presumably where we’d gone astray the first time. It took us south of Mewslade Bay toward Thurba and we soon left the walled track for open fields and our first view of the sea.

The coast is rugged, looking toward Mumbles.
It’s also rugged looking in the other direction!
We descended toward Mewslade Bay.
The well made drystone wall snakes along the valley approach to the bay.
The wild nature of the scenery contrasts with the orderly boundary wall.

The weather remained grey, but the rain stopped as we explored the headland ahead of us. That gave fine views of the rugged coast in both directions. We continued along the path down toward the well-built drystone wall that flanks the path leading down to Mewslade Bay and then kept to the waymarked Wales Coast Path back to the visitor centre.

Behind the visitor centre, a large field provides picnic tables and benches. The rain had let up and the sun re-appeared.
From the road that ends at the visitor centre there are good views over Rhossili Bay.
And Worms Head can be seen as a destination.
Love the rural nature of the protective fence here.
Local wildlife takes shelter from the wind behind the timbers of that fence.

Lunch was at the Bay Bistro again; tasty food, and good coffee and tea, served by friendly staff.

We spent a while around the visitor centre, viewing the scenery from that point, and enjoying the brighter weather the afternoon brought.

Back in our room, Valerie did most of the packing in readiness for our departure in the morning. Our final dinner at the hotel allowed me to step into their garden area to get a few shots of the sunset; the first we’d witnessed during the week.

The sun setting over Worms Head.
And a beautiful cloud formation hid the orb just before it sank below the horizon.

Morning brought our last breakfast in the dining room reserved for that meal with its views across the headland to Worms Head. I took a final shot from the bedroom window, capturing the scene with the early morning sun on it, before we checked out.

The hotel dining room where breakfast is served.
And the sunshine of our final day as seen from the bedroom window.

It was a good week, in spite of the often inclement weather. Some great walks in beautiful scenery, good food at the hotel and other eateries, a pleasant room with a stunning view. All in all, it had proved an excellent place to spend the week of our wedding anniversary. I’ve no doubt we’ll revisit the Gower Peninsula.

It seems appropriate to end the series with this sunset picture.

9 Responses to “A Week on the Gower Peninsula. Last Day. A Final Walk Along the Coast Path.”

  1. delphini510

    Your trek is just so filled with beauty and charm. Makes me long to do something similar. I read a book about a couple who walked this route –
    back packing. It was hard on them but changed their lives.

    Thanks for sharing the beauty

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    • stuartaken

      Thank you, Miriam. Backpacking is a no-no for me these days – ostioarthritis in spine, hips and feet make such trekking too difficult. But I was pleased to be able to complete the walks we planned from the hotel and to share the experience. Beauty is so vital in a world turned ugly by politics.

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