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The Gower Peninsula

Walk Wales' Gower Peninsula with arguably some of Britain's best coastal scenery!

  • Wales

  • 4 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

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  • Average group size: 10-12

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Grade 5

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths and tracks on the walks each day are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some of the views you will encounter have been described as spectacular. All walks visit a beach and on one walk we cross the peninsular from the north to the south and visits two castles, an ancient burial chamber and walk a section of the Gower Ridgeway. Walks will last up to 7 hours including stops and will involve between 300m and 500m of cumulative ascent and descent and daily mileage between 9 and 11 miles. Within the selection of walks that we have chosen there will be opportunities to see a wide selection of the aspects of the area for which Gower is justly famous.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Rhossili Village, a gateway for walkers and beach lovers.
  • Dramatic coastal walking with views of the coastline and cliffs.
  • Walking in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
  • Climb the Gower Ridge to enjoy the views from the highest point on Gower at Cefn Bryn.

Jutting out from the South Wales coast, the Gower Peninsula is a microcosm of the best that Wales has to offer. Beautiful beaches, cliff paths, ancient castles and pre-historic burial sites.

The Gower was Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and has some of Britain’s best coastal scenery. Spectacular beaches and coastal walks, golden sand, geological outcrops, sandy shores, caves, Norman castles, pretty villages and much more. 

You will be accommodated at the Morgan’s Hotel in Swansea, which is located close by the waterfront and revitalised marina. We use private hire transport each day to make sure the walks cover the best of the peninsula. You will start on the Mumbles and walk a fine section of the coast path to Caswell Bay and beyond. You will discover Rhossili Bay and one of the finest beaches in the country. For stunning views, the Gower Ridge is hard to beat. It is hard to imagine a more diverse set of walks in such a small geographical area.

Please note: you can extend your time by adding on our walking tour exploring the Wye Valley. Please see our 'Gower Peninsula and Wye Valley' tour with one way transport included between centres.


  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

79704

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to Morgan's Hotel in Swansea. Check in is from 3pm. 

Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. If time allows it is well worth taking a stroll around the marina, a short distance from the hotel. It makes a pleasant introduction to the city.

Day 2

Mumbles to Bishopston (the Wales Coast Path)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    533/472m

Transport takes you to start the walk on the seafront at The Mumbles and Oystermouth Castle. Start with a quick stroll through the castle grounds and then continue over Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve, with great views of Mumbles Head lighthouse. Turning west along the coastal path we head to sandy Caswell Bay for lunch and a quick paddle. This afternoon, continue along the Wales Coast Path before turning inland; passing through the impressive limestone geology of the Bishopston Valley to Kittle where we meet the transport back to the hotel.

Day 3

Ilston to Llanrhidian (the Gower Way)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    414/413m

Today’s walk offers fine views encompassing the entire Gower Peninsula and on a clear day the South Wales hills across to the Brecon Beacons. Starting at Ilston we descend to Pennard Castle, hidden in the dunes, then down to the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay. Cross the Pennard Pill on stepping stones then climb the Gower Ridge to enjoy the views from the highest point on Gower at Cefn Bryn. You will make a short detour to Arthur’s stone, a Neolithic burial chamber connected with all manner of local folklore. Finally, descend  to Llanrhidian village with the possibility of a quick drink before meeting the transport back to the hotel.

Day 4

Walking the Western Beaches

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    425/419m

Today you take in one of the finest beaches in Wales. Start in the hamlet of Pitton and walk down Mewslade to meet the coastal path. The path takes you to the look-out station above Worms Head. Head north along the bay, over Rhossili Down to Rhosilli beach, 3 miles of golden sand. Look out for the surfers; this is one of the best surfing beaches in Britain. After exploring the islet of Burry Holms, tides permitting, we turn inland to Llangennith village to finish the walk.

Day 5

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10am. 

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Apr 2024 - 25th Apr 2024 (4 Nights)

3rd Jun 2024 - 7th Jun 2024 (4 Nights)

5th Aug 2024 - 9th Aug 2024 (4 Nights)

1st Sep 2024 - 5th Sep 2024 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, is included.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Morgan's Hotel

Set in an ornate Harbour Trust building dating from 1902, Morgan’s Hotel is the only four-star hotel in Swansea. It has been imaginatively converted from its previous incarnation. The hotel now occupies various buildings all of which are full of character. Elegant rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD player, hairdryer, a minifridge plus tea & coffee making facilities. All classic bedrooms are uniquely designed to give its own character. Please note our allocation of bedrooms will either be in the main hotel building or in the Morgans Town House across the road from the main hotel. All rooms are similar, the only difference with the Town House rooms is room service is not available. 

Full Welsh breakfast is served daily. There's also a traditional restaurant serving European fare in a glass-roofed atrium where evening meals are served, along with a modern cocktail lounge and a sophisticated champagne bar. 

The hotel is conveniently located between the marina and Swansea's main shopping area with all facilities within easy reach.


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths and tracks on the walks each day are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some of the views you will encounter have been described as spectacular. All walks visit a beach and on one walk we cross the peninsular from the north to the south and visits two castles, an ancient burial chamber and walk a section of the Gower Ridgeway. Walks will last up to 7 hours including stops and will involve between 300m and 500m of cumulative ascent and descent and daily mileage between 9 and 11 miles. Within the selection of walks that we have chosen there will be opportunities to see a wide selection of the aspects of the area for which Gower is justly famous.

Walks & Excursions

The wonderful and varied landscape of the Gower Peninsula (Penrhyn Gwyr) was the first place in Britain to be designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) and is one of only five within Wales. In 2018 the Gower Peninsula celebrated its 62nd year as an AONB, an accolade that has truly stood the test of time.

Gower is quite a small area just 25km long and 13km wide but within this small area are found some of the UK’s most spectacular beaches and coastal walks, golden sands, geological outcrops, standing stones, caves and gullies, wildlife habitats, Norman castles and ancient churches and pretty villages. Within the programme of walks that we have chosen, there will be opportunities to see a wide selection of the aspects of the area for which Gower is justly famous.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel in Swansea:

by car: Leave the M4 at Junction 42, which will take you into Swansea. Follow the A483 and continue following signs for the city centre. The road turns into the A4067 as you go over the bridge of the River Tawe. At traffic lights turn left into Somerset Place, then first right into Adelaide Street. The hotel will be on your left. There is car parking at the hotel.

by rail / coach: The nearest railway station and coach station is Swansea. There are direct trains from London Paddington station and Cardiff Central amongst other places. It is possible to walk from the railway station directly to the hotel as it is only 0.5mile. 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the lounge bar half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

We offer half board en suite accommodation on this holiday. Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the hotel. Please note that picnic lunches are not included on this holiday.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25,000 Series 164 Gower / Gwyr

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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