Welcome to Rhossili
Saving the best for last, the Gower Peninsula ends spectacularly with the 3 miles of golden sand that edges Rhossili Bay. Facing nearly due west towards the very bottom of Ireland, this is one of Britain's best and most popular surfing beaches. But be warned: when the surf's up, swimming can be dangerous. At low tide the stark, ghostly ribs of the Helvetica, a Norwegian barque wrecked in a storm in 1887, protrude from the sand in the middle of the beach.
South of the village is the Viel (pronounced 'vile'), a rare surviving example of a patchwork of strip fields first laid out in medieval times.