Walking

Walking trail

Serpents, seascapes and shipwrecks walk

Walking trail

Follow our circular walk past the National Trust shop, along one of Wales best beaches taking in the beautiful views as you go.

Surfers on the sand of Rhossili Bay, Gower, Swansea, Wales.

Map

Map route for Serpents, Seascapes & Shipwrecks walk

Start:

Rhossili, grid ref: SS413881

1

With your back to the bus stop, turn right and walk along the road, continuing between the car park and the Worms Head Hotel. The National Trust shop is a little further on your left.

2

The National Trust shop is in one of the former coastguard cottages. The powerful tides and shifting sands caused many ship wrecks. The remains of the Helvetia can still be seen on Rhossili beach at low tide.

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3

Continue to follow the path through the gateway on the surfaced path.

4

To the right of the path there are a series of mounds. These are the remains of an Iron Age fort. The magnificent views from here meant the inhabitants of the fort could see their enemies for miles around.

5

As you continue along the surfaced track you will see fields and hedge banks which are part of a medieval open field strip system. The Normans introduced this system of farming in the 12th century.

6

Where the surfaced track bears sharp left, walk straight on following a wide grass path towards the coastguard lookout where you will have spectacular view of the Worms Head.

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7

The coastguard lookout was built in Victorian times and is now manned by volunteers.

8

Once you have reached the Coastguard lookout, you can make the choice to cross onto the island or return to the start by the route you've travelled.

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End:

Rhossili, grid ref: SS413881

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Serpents, seascapes and shipwrecks walk

Terrain

The walk is on a gentle gradient sloping downhill from the start and uphill on the return leg. The coast path here is a disabled access track and therefore level and even. The final 110yds (100m) or so to the coastguard lookout is on very short/flat grass and uphill. Accessible to all. No stiles to cross, one gate at the start. Dogs are allowed as long as they are under control as livestock (usually sheep) graze here most of the year round.

Serpents, seascapes and shipwrecks walk

Contact us

Serpents, seascapes and shipwrecks walk

How to get here

Address
Rhossili, Swansea, SA3
By train

By train: The nearest train station is Swansea or Gowerton. Rhossili is 19 miles (30.5km), 45 mins by road

By road

By car: From Swansea follow A4118 and B4247. The car park is situated at the end of the village. Please be aware the car park is privately owned and a fee will be charged on entry. Post code SA3 1PR

By bus

By bus: Gower Explorer No. 118 and 119. For up-to-date bus times call traveline Cymru on 0871 200 22 33. The bus stop is two minutes from the start of the walk. Information from Traveline Cymru.

Serpents, seascapes and shipwrecks walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets - between car park and National Trust shop and visitor centre (not National Trust)