Launching the new footpath network on the Vile

A family walking at Rhossili, Gower

This spring we opened a new network of footpaths throughout the Vile, at Rhossili.

These new paths will take you on circular routes through the Vile, giving you the chance to witness first hand, what we're doing to restore the landscape to make this area a haven for wildlife. 

The footpaths can be accessed from the overflow car park or from the main path that heads down to the Worm, once you’ve made your way through the gate follow the waymarkers.

Walking the new footpaths on the Vile
Walking the new footpaths on the Vile, Rhossili
Walking the new footpaths on the Vile

These footpaths were opened on Thursday 22 March 2018, the launch was a great success with over 50 people joining in the walk around the Vile and others getting involved in archaeological sampling. 

We shared information about the way we’ve changed our farming practices to improve the value for wildlife, especially pollinators and birds, whilst keeping these fields active in a productive agricultural system. 

Over the last year, we’ve created new hay meadows, planted wildlife friendly arable crops and reinstated historic boundaries, key features of this ancient landscape. 

Opening up these footpaths, the habitat improvement and landscape restoration are all part of a five year project to improve the Vile for future generations. 

A patchwork of small strip fields on the Vile, Gower

The Vile, providing for nature, culture and you 

Opening up the footpaths is only one aspect of this exciting five year project. It’s one of our biggest habitat creation projects in Wales.