The Story of Gower
Gower or Gŵyr. The Gower Peninsula or Penrhyn Gŵyr.
Whatever you call it, it’s a place of beauty, of wonderful beaches, stunning countryside and authentic local produce.
Gower is about 70 square miles and from some of its highest points has views 360° views over South Wales and North Devon.
Gower beaches frequently appear on the World’s Best Beaches Lists – the stretch of Rhossili and iconic view of Three Cliffs Bay are some of the most stunning places in the world. A source of inspiration for musicians, poets and artists, it’s easy to see why Gower was made Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956 – there are now 46, the latest is the Tamar Valley which was announced in 1995.
The Red Lady of Paviland, since revealed to be a man, was found in 1823 and dates to around 33,000 BC showing how long people have lived on this beautiful peninsula. Gower’s history is long and intriguing and there are still 6 castles, in varying states of repair, and too many tales of smuggling to write.
Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards have been given to several Gower beaches and if you ask six people their favourite beach then you’ll probably get six different answers!
Gower is also home to 10 nature reserves, 24 wildlife trusts, 32 sites of special scientific interest and 5 special areas of conservation.
Fancy a stroll? There are around a few hundred miles of rights of way and a coastal path to inspire you if you want to walk around Gower. The Gower Coast Path runs 38 miles from Crofty to Mumbles and can be done in a couple of days. Too far? Perhaps the Gower Way is more your thing – a 35 mile long linear walk from Rhosilli to Penlle’r Castell in Mawr - few people knew that Gower stretched so far! Guides provided for some local walks have been provided by Visit Swansea Bay and can be downloaded here Walking Routes and The Gower Way.
There’s so much to see and do in these 70 square miles that it’s easy to see why so many people think of it as a little bit of heaven on earth.