What To Do In The Gower Peninsula
August is fast approaching and with lockdown restrictions being eased around the country, it seems that the idea of a summer holiday hasn’t been lost to 2020 forever – so now’s the time to start thinking about where you want to go.
If social distancing is a top priority for you and you want to find a place to go that makes sure this is easy to achieve, then a little trip to the Gower Peninsula could be the way forward, with new research finding that the region has been named the best place to go for a staycation with good social distancing in the UK!
Make your way to Swansea and you’ll find Gower, named in 1956 as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to some absolutely incredible countryside, everything from stretches of golden sandy beaches to limestone cliffs and wild moors.
If you’re keen to try a bit of surfing while on holiday this year, head off to Llangennith where you’ll find good waves aplenty for you to put your skills to the test. Rhossili Bay, meanwhile, was voted the best beach in the UK back in 2010 and is definitely worth a visit, another hot surfing spot. The beach is expansive and you can walk right across the bay to Llangennith at low tide!
The Peninsula itself, all 19 miles of it, starts and Mumbles and moves west, covering some stunning coastline along the way and there are walking opportunities aplenty to be found here, as well as further inland where you’ll discover lots of country pubs dotted around… perfect after working up an appetite.
History buffs will love it in this beautiful part of the world, with over 1,000 archaeological sites to be explored, including churches, medieval castles caves, Iron Age forts… it’s got it all. While you’re in Rhossili, make sure you go and see the Iron Age forts and the Vil, which is a surviving medieval open field system.
To find out a bit more about local history, pop over to Neath where you’ll find the Cefn Coed Colliery Museum, which is home to a preserved 1927 Worsley Mesnes winding engine, the Neath Historical Model Railway Club and the last surviving Neath gas tram.
And if it’s caves you’re after, you’ll find Goat’s Hole (or Paviland) Cave in Rhossili, one of the most famous archaeological sites in Britain. The cave is famous for the 18,000-year-old Red Lady of Paviland – the headless skeleton of a man that was mistakenly identified as a woman, stained with red ochre.
You’ll also find the church crawl to end all church crawls in the Peninsula, with countless churches and mission chapels to be discovered. As you can see, you’ll be kept very busy indeed if you decide to head here for your next staycation!
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