Rhosili Ranger Run, Gower

Running trail

This varied 10km trail run follows the Wales Coast Path alongside Rhosili Down and back over the golden, 3-mile stretch of the beach, with the second half looping out towards the dramatic headland at Worms Head.

The fields in this area are one of the best examples of the traditional open strip field farming system in the country. We’re farming in a wildlife friendly way by creating new hay meadows and sowing traditional crops, creating perfect habitats for arable plants, birds and pollinators. This route has been created in collaboration with expert trail runners and adventurers Jen and Sim Benson, as part of our Ranger Run Series.

Running across the beach at Rhossili, Gower


Map for 10km run at Rhossili, Gower


National Trust car park at Rhosili, SS 414880


Turn right out of the car park entrance and follow the road east using the footpath alongside the churchyard, rejoining the road at a track junction.


Turn left here onto the Wales Coast Path (WCP) and follow it north, forking left to contour along the hill on the seaward side of The Beacon until you reach the road at Hillend.

A couple running across Rhossili Down, Rhossili


Turn left, still on the Wales Coast Path (WCP), and follow it west to the beach. Then leave the WCP turning left onto Rhossili beach and running south on firm, flat sand all the way back to the steep path below Rhossili village at the south-eastern corner of the beach.

Running across the beach at Rhossili, Gower


Climb the steep path back to the start but turn right at the car park and follow the Wales Coast Path which is also the Gower Way along a track towards Worms Head. Follow this past the Old Castle with meadows to your left to reach the lookout station.

A couple running across the headland at Rhossili, Gower


Turn left following the Wales Coast Path (WCP) around the headland to an inlet and path junction. Turn left off the WCP and head inland along the edge of some ancient strip fields. Turn left at the next junction and follow the path along the edge of fields back to the start.

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A patchwork of small strip fields on the Vile, Gower


National Trust car park at Rhosili, SS 414880

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Rhosili Ranger Run, Gower


You’ll be running through heathland, coastal grassland, along the sand on the beach and on pathways through farmland. 

Rhosili Ranger Run, Gower

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Rhosili Ranger Run, Gower

How to get here

Rhosili Car Park, Rhosili, Gower. SA3 1PR
By road

From Swansea (J42) take the A483 to Swansea. Continue on to the A4067. At Black Pill, turn on to the B4436. Turn right to keep on the B4436 at Pennard before turning left on to the A4118. At Scurlage, take the B4247 to Rhossili.

From Swansea (J47) Take the A483 and then take the A484, Turn left to Gowerton. At lights, take the B4295 to Llanrhidian. Then take the B4271 and follow signs for Reynoldston. Continue to A4118 and turn right. At Scurlage, take the B4247 to Rhossili.

By bus

There are regular services from Swansea to Rhossili. (Monday-Saturday, Sunday (summer service only). Services 118/119 (NAT) and 114 (Sundays First Cymru). Additional services connect quieter parts of Gower with the 118 and 116 (Swansea-North Gower service).

By bicycle

Take the National Cycleway Route 04 to Upper Killay from Swansea or Gowerton. From there, switch to the A4118 to Scurlage, Take the B4247 to Rhossili. Please note that Gower’s roads can be busy and are not suitable for family cycling.

Rhosili Ranger Run, Gower

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park at starting point
  • Toilets in car park (not National Trust)
  • National Trust shop & Visitor Centre
  • Refreshment van in car park (main season, subject to availability