Our hotel is great. But if you want to get out and about and explore the Swansea area, pull on your walking boots a warm coat, and go on a walk. The route from Rhossili Bay to Penmaen is one of the best, and passes through Britain’s first area of outstanding natural beauty.
Essential Walking Information
Suitable For: Experienced walkers
Distance: 8 miles
Time: 4 to 5 hours
The walk from Rhossili Bay to Penmaen is known as the southern sector of the Gower Way, and is a popular walk among visiting ramblers to the area. This is mostly due to the stunning scenic views out across the sea, and the many terrains the walk passes through, including farm land and tracks, woodland and moorland.
The walk may be rather long for the inexperienced walker and therefore is defined as a strenuous route. But if you are in it for the long haul, this walk will reward you with picturesque views and panoramas, perfect for taking a few photos.
If you are planning on driving to Rhossili there is a private car park near the beach, which you can pay a small fee to park in or there are many public transport routes that pass by the area. There is also a small shop next to the car park, where you can pick up light refreshments to enjoy along your walk, as well as some public toilets, should you need them.
The walk starts off at the former Coastguard lookout near Worm’s Head, which has now been transformed into an information center. The Worm’s Head is a small tidal island, that itself is a must see attraction that brings many visitors to Swansea.
The walk is mostly in land, but will start and end at some of the best picturesque sandy beaches in the area. Along the way, keep an eye out for some of the 50 stone waymarkers that line the Gower Way. These are numbered and inscribe with the Gower Rambling Society logo, and mark the way to ensure walkers do not get lost.
The highlights of this walk are of course Worm’s Head and the two beaches either end. But there are also beautiful views out over the South Gower coast, where you can see Oxwich and Three Cliffs Bay, as well as a number of small villages.
And if you are interested in plants, you may also enjoy seeing the many indigenous flora and fauna that frequently appear along this walk.
To find out more about walking in Swansea, ask at our hotel reception, or for more information on this specific route pay a visit to the Swansea Tourist Information Centre. There are plenty of activities in Swansea, so take a look at a few of the other Dragon Posts for ideas.