The UK’s First Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Regularly voted as having the best beaches in the UK, the Gower maintains a rugged and remote nature – a quality that continues to inspire a sense of discovery in visitors. We’ve built up an extensive knowledge of the Gower Coast Path over 20 years; even those familiar with the area can benefit from our firsthand experience.

Highlights
  • Three Cliffs Bay, a dramatic stretch of coastline that needs to be seen to be believed
  • Rhossili Beach - voted one of the best coastlines in the world by National Geographic
  • See the Wreck of the Helvetia, the remains of a Viking ship on the shores of Rhossili
  • The iconic Worms Head - a distinctive rock promontory separated by a causeway near Rhossili
  • The beautiful scenery of the Mumbles, from the pier to Mumbles head and Bracelet Bay
  • 5 to 6 nights
  • 43 mls (view km)
  • Penclawdd, South Wales
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Feb to Nov
  • £445

 Walking the Gower Coast Path

The Gower is widely celebrated for its natural beauty, but the landscape is rich in heritage too. While admiring the breathtaking view from the Cefn Bryn ridge which dominates the Gower landscape, you'll be able to follow traces of Bronze Age worship, amongst them the ceremonial Arthur's Stone. Fossils found in this area established the study of the Cambrian Period of prehistoric history (Cambria being the Latin form of Cymru - the Welsh word for Wales).

As you descend the ridge you'll be able to reach Broad Pond, a freshwater pool with a unique acidic environment which attracts amphibians and wetland birds. This is typical of a place which is characterised by its harmonious blend of landscape, nature and history.

Rhossili Bay on the west coast of the peninsula is the most famous of the local sites, with its dramatic promontory at Worm's Head and tidal beach sweeping across the landscape. That makes it an excellent starting point for exploring the area further, perhaps by climbing the steep stairs to the picturesque Old Rectory to follow the Wales Coastal Path, or by wandering over to the peaceful Mewslade Bay-only accessible by low tide.

 Award-Winning Coastline

There's no better place to appreciate the tidal landscape than Three Cliffs Bay, with its continually changing maze of pools, dunes and marshes dominated by three majestic limestone cliffs jutting out into the sea. From there it's a stone's throw to the the many secluded bays that the south coast is dotted with. They will appeal to those seeking remoteness and shelter - and they did so historically too, with nearby caves attracting 18th century bootleggers. With us you can follow the trail of their illicit 'business activities' and visit the self-explanatory Brandy Cove.

The historically inclined can follow a trail linking the many castles scattered across the peninsula, taking in fortified manor houses and imposing ruins, while the sprawling marshy landscape of Llanrhidian Sands abounds in wildlife and will dazzle even seasoned birdwatchers. With us you'll be able to explore all this and more at your own pace, and be able to truly enjoy and understand an area so rich in natural and cultural heritage.

For more information or advice on walking the Gower Coast Path, please call our walk team  today –  they will be delighted to help you with your holiday plans.

Celtic Trails Walking Holidays is Wales oldest walking company and has 20 years’ experience providing tailored, high-quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate good service, comfort, and organisation.

Path Walkthrough

Walking Map for the Gower Coast Path
Our Gower Coast Path holiday leads around the peninsula from Pen-clawdd to the Mumbles

The Gower Coast Path meets a variety of beaches and coves, between which are stretches of marsh, forest track and field. Hillsides covered with gorse overhang the shoreline, and from here the route often drops and weaves up and over the dunes. There can be long stretches of dune walking (the path between Port Enyon, Rhossili and the Mumbles), but walkers should find that the variety of terrain breaks up any feelings of monotony on this path.

Whereas the route has few steep sections, the going underfoot can become uneven, with tumbled stone paths a common occurrence. Indeed, a lot of the path is quite wild in between the regions beaches, with long stretches out in open landscape. Around the beach-side areas, you can expect crowds at the height of the summer season, but also somewhere to recuperate with a cup of coffee and cake along the way.

 

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Gower Coast Path Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Penclawdd to Mumbles

Length: 43 miles/69km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
GCP16 nights, 5 days£535 (pp)View Itinerary
GCP25 nights, 4 days£445 (pp)View Itinerary

Please note that due to the circular nature of the Coastal Path and the topography of the Gower Peninsula we find that several stopping points may be served by one accommodation, particularly in high season.

This is also due to some accommodations only accepting 2 night bookings at busy times or where there is no accommodation in more remote areas. In such cases, transfers between the path and your accommodation will be included in your holiday cost.

Penclawdd to Mumbles

Six nights, Five days
Price: £535 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: GCP1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Penclawdd
Day 2:Llanmadoc9 miles/14.4km
Day 3:Hillend8 miles/12.8km
Day 4:Port Eynon9.3 miles/14.9km
Day 5:Southgate9.3 miles/164.9km
Day 6:Mumbles7.5 miles/12 km
Day 7:Depart Mumbles

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five walking days. Arrive in Penclawdd on day one, walk from day two and depart from Mumbles on morning of day seven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Feb to Nov. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Penclawdd to Mumbles

Five nights, Four days
Price: £445 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: GCP2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Penclawdd
Day 2:Llanmadoc9 miles/14.4 km
Day 3:Rhossili10.2 miles/16.3km
Day 4:Oxwich11.6 miles/18.6km
Day 5:Mumbles11.9miles/19 km
Day 6:Depart Mumbles

Itinerary Information: Five nights accommodation with four walking days. Arrive in Penclawdd on day one, walk from day two and depart from Mumbles on morning of day six.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Feb to Nov. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses and B&B’s with ensuite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Route planning
    • Walk pack including route description and map, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.
  • Price Info.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges

    Rest Days: From £45.00 pp per night

    Single supplements 

    Solo person bookings: £35.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

  • Getting There

    Rail - Railway stations are located in Gowerton and Swansea (for Mumbles)

    www.nationalrail.co.uk            

     

    Bus – Bus stations are located at Gowerton, Penclawdd, Swansea and Oystermouth (8 minutes walk from Mumbles)

    www.traveline-cymru.info

     

    Airport – Nearest airport is Cardiff International

    www.tbicardiffairport.com

    If you prefer to arrive by car, we can advise on car parking arrangements.

  • Best Time to Travel

    Although winter brings with it its greatest deluge of rainfall, as is so often the case with Welsh weather - conditions can be changeable and bringing waterproofs in your day pack is always encouraged, especially when travelling along the coast.

                                                                   Walking weather Wales                                                             Rainfall when walking in Wales

Client Reviews of Our Gower Coast Path Walking Holiday

Our past clients rated this walk 4.7 out of 5, read a selection of 2 reviews below.

"Thanks Nathan. You were great & we enjoyed dealing with you. Next time Ireland!"

4.6 out of 5

August 2017

"Other than the odd minor niggle (no pub directly on the path) we had a brilliant time. Thank you."

4.8 out of 5

July 2013

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