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Beautiful and breathtaking views on the Gower peninsula
Breathtaking Rhossili bay, with its three mile long sandy beach, is overlooked by the Old Rectory, the most popular National Trust holiday cottage. Visible on the beach at low tide are the remains of the Helvetia, a ship wrecked in 1887.
From the top of Rhossili Down, the highest point on Gower, views of the peninsula can be seen as well as across the sea to West Wales, Lundy Island and the north Devon coast. Rhossili Down is lowland heath and home to a variety of birds and insects including the rare black bog ant. The south Gower coast hosts many rare plants and birds including yellow whitlow grass and choughs.
From the National Trust shop and Visitor Centre in Rhossili there is a level walk along the grassy cliff top to the Old Coastguard Lookout. If the tide is out, the adventurous can cross the rocky causeway to the tidal island of Worms Head, where grey seals can be seen lazing on the rocks below.
Gowers landscape has been shaped by farming since the Stone Age. The Vile, at Rhossili, is an example of a Medieval open field strip system. With many archaeological features at Rhossili and along the south Gower coast, including Neolithic burial chambers, bronze age cairns and Iron Age forts, it is an ideal place to discover these remnants of our ancestors.
Gower's Oak Leaf Challenge
Rock climbing at Rhossili and Fall Bay
For those of you seeking real adventure then rock climbing may be just the thing. The cliffs of Rhossili overlook three miles of sandy beach. The crags are old quarried faces with a fine mix of both bolted and traditionally protected lines, as well as ample opportunity for deepwater soloing.
The Fall Bay area contains some of the best climbing on Gower. This area has something for every climber from well-protected Diffs to steep, technical multi-pitch test pieces.