The Gower Coastal Challenge
- When Friday 13 - Sunday 15 July 2018
- Where Gower Peninsula, Wales
- Type Walks and Treks
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About the walk
The coastal scenery of the spectacular Gower Peninsula is some of the finest in Britain. With magnificent views over the sea and dramatic landscapes, it’s little wonder that it has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Our challenge will be to walk the finest 22.5 mile stretch of this headland from Rhossili on the west, along the cliffs, around headlands and across hidden bays, through quaint fishing villages and over the sands to Caswell Bay in the East. To top it all off, our base for the event will be the stunning Diplomat Hotel and Leisure Club.
The WalkWise team have been creating bespoke events for Breast Cancer Now supporters of all abilities for many years. As their walks are exclusive to our cause, you’ll be in fantastic company, with a maximum of 50 walkers on each trek all sharing the same goal.
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Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on this event.
For more details about the challenge and route download our event brochure (PDF).
Day One: Saturday
Oxwich, Three Cliffs Bay to Caswell Bay
The challenge starts in Rhossili, at the southern end of Rhossili Bay. We turn away from this majestic sea view, leaving behind the village with its tempting pubs and cafes, and instead stride out to the impressive Worms Head. Along the way we pass inlets, smugglers caves, and secluded sandy coves.
The path is good but there are lots of little ups and downs along the coastline. Eventually we reach Port Eynon for the chance to pick up some refreshments. After a short rest there is a pleasant stroll across the sandy bay to Horton, before a beautiful walk around Oxwich point concludes the day. There may be time for a mellow on the beach with a drink or ice cream, before heading back for a well-earned dinner.
Distance: 12.5 miles (19km) with 1200 ft (390m) of ascent
Day Two: Sunday
Hailes Abbey, Winchcombe, Sudley Castle, and Cleeve Hill
Sunday's route begins at yesterday’s finishing point, and leads us through a thriving nature reserve and shady woodland, before returning to the beach at Three Cliffs Bay. The route continues its idyllic meander along the ever changing coast, with a series of towering cliffs, craggy headland and sandy bays.
The walk concludes at Caswell Bay where the beautiful untouched coastline gives way to the town. At the end of the walk there will be time to take in the sea air, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery before we hop on the coach back to the hotel.
Distance: 10 miles (16km) with 1,250 ft (400 m) of ascent
What do our 2017 Team Now members say?
The facilities at the hotel enabled me to relax and recharge ready for the second day and I feel so proud to have achieved the complete walk. The encouragement from the rest of the group was great and we cheered each other as we received our certificates.
The weekend was well organised. The guides were excellent and inspired us with their wealth of experience and good humour.
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Location, venue and travel
The starting venue
Day One: Oxwich, Three Cliffs Bay to Caswell Bay
Day Two: Hailes Abbey, Winchcombe, Sudley Castle, and Cleeve Hill