JUL 2022 – DAY 2 – THREE CLIFFS BAY + OXWICH BAY (GOWER PENINSULA, WALES)

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Second day of my birthday treat in Wales and looks like more amazing activities have been organised.


Total Distance: 16 Miles
Steps: ~38,500
Highest Point: 32 Feet
Total Realistic Time: ~8 Hours

Part 1 – Three Cliffs Bay

Three Cliffs Bay is a bay on the south coast of the Gower Peninsula in the City and County of Swansea, Wales. The bay takes its name from the three sea cliffs that jut out into the bay.

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

Oxwich Bay is a bay on the south of the Gower Peninsula, Wales.

Its landscape features sand dunes, salt marshes and woodland. Oxwich Bay includes a 2.5-mile (4 km) long sandy beach, accessible from the village of Oxwich.

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

Started at 9:30am and headed to Gower Heritage Centre car park to start the walk from there.

It is a pay and display car park with toilets, you pay at the Gower Heritage Centre shop. 
It was Β£4 for all day parking whilst we were there, very reasonable indeed.

Route of the walk

From the car park we headed up to Pennard castle which led us through the edge of a golf course, and then down to Three Cliffs Bay.  The tide was high at the time so we walked to Oxwich through the woodland by the side of the coast.

Pennard Castle is a ruined castle, near the modern village of Pennard on the Gower Peninsula, in south Wales.

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

Remains of Pennard castle

While on the trail which was quite sandy in some areas, very green too, there are some areas you get to overlook the coast line with an amazing view.  

A view around the Three Cliffs Bay from the woodland area

When we got to Oxwich we found a place which sold gifts, fish and chips, panini, coffee and ice cream, all in one building.  So we stopped off for a late lunch, I had a lovely tuna melt panini with a coffee and an ice cream, that hit the spot.

Sat outside on the picnic benches to have a rest before we set off back towards Three Cliffs Bay along the beach this time as the tide was now low by this point.

These are just some of the views we got on the beach.

Oxwich Bay – day was so clear

To finish – the Three Cliffs at Three Cliffs Bay πŸ‘πŸΌ

We then headed back to the Gower Heritage Centre car park, we are not finished for the day yet though.

On the drive back to our apartment in Llanelli we stopped off to see if we could see Whiteford Lighthouse.  

Part 2 – Whiteford Lighthouse

Whiteford Lighthouse is located off the coast at Whiteford Point near Whiteford Sands, on the Gower Peninsula, south Wales. It is an unusual cast-iron lighthouse built in 1865 to a design by John Bowen (1825–1873) of Llanelli.

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

We parked at Whitford Beach car park – an honesty box car park for the Whiteford Lighthouse

Unfortunately we did not see much of the lighthouse as the tide was high by this point but if you get the chance it is worth a visit. We still had a good walk on the clear sandy beach, we had a glimpse of the lighthouse from afar, but not in much detail as you can see.

We were very tired by the end of the day and we did not realise we had done almost 40,000 steps 😳.  On the way back to the apartment we stopped off for food at a Brewers Fayre by the Premier Inn in Llanelli which was just down the way where we were staying, we were too tired to be fussy about where we wanted to eat by the end of the day.  

HIGHLIGHT

Another great day out, did a lot of walking again, the weather was hot so sun protection is important especially by the beach.  Great views of the cliffs, the coastline, the woodland was very green and lush too. We all slept very well that evening.


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)
  • ibuprofen (helping hand if you have any aches and pains)
  • Food and snacks (fuel to keep you going)

 

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