JUL 2022 – DAY 1 – WORMS HEAD + RHOSSILI BAY (GOWER PENINSULA, WALES)

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Family organised a lovely belated birthday trip  for me, staying in South Wales for 3 days.  Over 3 days the plan was to do some of the amazing walks we have seen – covering some parts of the Jurassic Coast, today we are doing Worms Head and some of Rhossili Bay.


Total Distance: 11 Miles
Steps: ~27,000
Highest Point: 269 Feet
Total Realistic Time: ~6.5 Hours

Worms Head (Welsh: Ynys Weryn) is a headland, at Rhossili, part of the City and County of Swansea, Wales. It is the furthest westerly point of the Gower Peninsula.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worm%27s_Head

Rhossili Bay curves along an arc running northwards from the village. The 2.8-mile (4.5 km) wide sandy beach is backed with sand dunes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhossili

Started early at 8am, picked up by family and chauffeur driven straight to the Worms Head walk.  The drive down to Rhossili was about 5 hours from Manchester which took us through small winding roads, very scenic and very green. No service stops but managed to find a Tesco supermarket for toilet and refreshments, also a very small village shop for snacks along the way.

There was a section where cows and sheep freely roam, a big herd of cows (VERY BIG herd of cows) just happen to be crossing the road at the time and it was very stressful for my sister as it seemed like we were going to be stuck there for a very long time. She did not know whether to put her foot down and go as they looked very harassed by the cars. We eventually managed to get out of there (with sister a bit flustered) but still on time to be able to make the walk across to Worms Head πŸ‘πŸΌ

PART 1 – Worms Head

Headed for St. Mary’s Church car park, Β£3 or Β£5 all day parking depending if visiting in the summer or winter months, this was near the Worms Head walk.  

St. Mary’s Church car park – Β£3 or Β£5 all day parking

There is also a national trust car park nearer to the start of the Worms Head walk.  There are toilets available and many eating places. There are also hotels, holiday homes and camp site in the area.

Toilets, shop, car parking and camp site by the National Trust

The Worms Head challenge activity

When heading near to the Worms Head crossing area there is an information office which displays the safe tidal crossing times.  Usually gives you roughly up to 6 hours to enjoy the walk to the end of Worms Head and return back safely. 

Stones and cockles, very green moss in-between the rocks.

Takes you to the first hill walk which is a grassy ascent, nice and soft on the feet a good little workout.

Then on a grassy path that takes you towards the jagged rocks you have to cross to head to Devil’s Bridge, so you have to be extra vigilant, they do scratch.  Gloves would help protect your hands from the sharp sections.

Views as you go to cross the Devil’s Bridge

Follow the path and a few bits of scrambling to do to get to the top of the end of Worms Head.

The surrounding view at the top of the end of Worms Head. We made it. πŸ’ͺ🏻

Looking back to the end of Worms Head that we just completed.

On the way back after the ragged rocks, there is a path which takes you to the lower side of the hill where we walked up at the beginning.

You will see a bell for emergency if needed and tidal times for your information.

Information board on tidal times and bell for emergency. Luckily we had enough time to get back across safely and the weather was great too.

When you get back onto the main land, it is more of a workout walking back up towards the National Trust car park.  

A well deserved ice cream at the end.

PART 2 – Rhossili Bay

After ice cream break, we headed to the side towards Rhossili Bay, not finished for the day just yet.

Views from the path of the beach was vast, clear blue skies and clean sand lines, beautiful.

There are still pieces of the Helvetia ship wreck on Rhossili Bay. If you like more history on this, click the following link https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/273914/


One more look at Worms Head and Rhossili Bay before we headed back to the car park and retire for the evening in Llanelli.

HIGHLIGHT

It was a packed day of activities, so enjoyable completing the full length of Worms Head after the long journey down, it felt like a challenge as you had to get back before high tide.  

Then a leisurely stroll on the beach taking in the view of the beach, sea and coastline, the weather was amazing, ice cream was amazing, food was amazing.  A great warm up for the next day of activities.


GENERAL EQUIPMENT

  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro (for taking photos/videos and mapping using OS Maps)
  • Comfy walking shoes (most important)
  • Altruist sun lotion at least SPF 30 (https://altruistsun.com)
  • Flask with Hot/Cold drink (a good cuppa is always welcome)
  • Sunglasses (by SunGod)
  • ibuprofen (helping hand if you have any aches and pains)
  • Food and snacks (fuel to keep you going)

 

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