The Gower National Landscape on The Gower Peninsula in Swansea Bay was the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956 and remains just as unspoilt today. There is such a variety of environments on this one small peninsular, from wild open moors to dramatic cliff lined bays. Even the beaches are diverse with from the broad sweeps of sand at the huge Rhossilli Bay to golden sandy bays. The Gower is a holiday goldmine with inspiring landscapes for walkers and mountain bikes and a captivating coastline for holiday makers.
The Gower Peninsula was designated the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956 and is now Gower National Landscape. It’s easy to see why. With long, sandy beaches, tall limestone cliffs, and open moorland, the landscape is varied and beautiful. Keen bird watchers will be in for a treat in the Gower National Landscape as the stunning scenery attracts a vast array of seabirds to its coast.
Beaches like Rhossili Bay have been a haven for surfers for years, some say the best surfing in Wales. Those who prefer a relaxing day at the beach will love Rhossili as well because it has been voted consistently as one of the best beaches in the UK. If you’d prefer to get your heart racing, Coasteering may be perfect for you. The cliffs and waters of the Gower make it an ideal place for Coasteering, which involves climbing cliffs and jumping into the water below. Always do this with a professional, many hostels will be happy to recommend an instructor or guide.
Walking on the Gower National Landscape
Walkers love the peninsula, whether they stay here or are just passing through. One of the most beautiful sections of the Wales Coast Path goes through the peninsula, allowing walkers to take in the rugged beauty of the coastline. It’s not just the sea that you’ll encounter, head inland to be greeted by ancient woodlands and open moorland. The variety is what makes the peninsula such a fantastic place to walk.