Rhossili and Worms Head
Award winning Rhossili Bay (Wales' Best Beach 2018 and 3rd in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards) is a beautiful sandy beach on the South Wales coast. A favourite with tourists who want to explore the area with the beautiful views and the benefit of coastal paths making it a walkers/ramblers paradise.
The beach to the right of the car park, Langennith, extends over 3 miles, a long sand stretch with a backdrop of sand dunes. Accessibility isn't the easiest as you walk down a steep set of steps onto the beach, the car park owned by a local camping company charges a fee to park at the top of the cliff and there are a few shops and toilets in this area.
If you don't fancy the trip down to the beach itself you can sit in the garden of the Worms Head Hotel and enjoy a drink or a meal whilst watching the sun set over the bay. This bay is very popular with surfers and you'll frequently see them riding the waves onto the beach. We've also spotted wind surfers, paddle boarders and kayaks on our visits.
The National Trust has guidance on lovely walking routes which you can find here.
Extending out to sea, the Worms Head is a challenge in it self. A well known Gower landmark, it is only accessible via the causeway and you need to wait either side of the tide in order to get onto the island/headland. The coastguards hut usually put out a sign to inform you of when it is safe to cross and it is best to let them know you are going to be crossing. Given you only have about two and a half hours either side of the tide to reach your destination and then return, it is best not to use this as a time to sunbathe or relax for the afternoon. Being stuck on the headland means a long wait for the next opportunity to return. The name Worms Head (Wurm) actually comes from Viking times and was given due to the sea serpent type features of the island. The views are outstanding as if the Towards the end of the walk you will reach Devils Head, which is a natural rock bridge over the sea. The final part of the walk (Outer Head) when you reach the tip of the Worms head is not always accessible due to restrictions on the area to preserve wildlife, particularly birds nesting in the area, this is usually between the beginning of March and the end of August. To the sides of the island you will spot bathing seals who frequently bathe on the rocks below. You may even spot dolphins in the area and when the tide is coming in there is a blowhole on the righthand side of the island. The length of the island itself and is approx. 1 mile and the highest point is approx 150 foot. You need at least 3 hours to cover the route safely so careful planning is needed to complete the walk. The downhill walk to the causeway is uneven and rocky in parts, once you reach the causeway the terrain becomes harder, boots are recommended to cross due to the rocks, a slight climb onto the island and then you reach a grassy path which leads you across the Worms Head. You will also find some rocky areas further along, this walk is not for those who just want a gentle stroll.
Check the tide timetable before you set off.
Wear boots, this is not the type of walk where you can wear your sandals.
Take snacks and drinks with you.
There are no toilets on the island.
Make sure you take your camera.
NEVER attempt to swim across the causeway when it is flooded, there are extremely strong currents and people have lost their life by attempting to swim across.
An alternative to walking the route is to take a boat trip. Gower Coast Adventures run a boat trip from Oxwich Bay around the Worms Head throughout the summer months. The trip last approx. 2 hours and takes in stunning views of the coastland whilst you make your way to the Worms Head. With frequent sightings of porpoise, seals and occasionally dolphins too, this is a fabulous trip for the family as well as keen photographers. The tour gives you lots of information on the local area, history and wildlife as you sail along. Upon reaching the island you will see seals resting on the rocks or swimming in the water close by and a better viewpoint of the blowhole as you reach the far side of the island. Boat staff will point out the different species of birds that nest on the island and possibly even catch a crab for you to hold.
You can find out more about this trip here
If you fancy a weekend stay in the area, there are numerous Guest Houses, B&B's, Hotels and campsite which offer accommodation in the area. You will also find lots of little coves that are accessible to explore and some lovely places to eat out and enjoy a dinner.