Walking Tour: A Wild Stretch of Coast
- Start Rhossili
- End Port Eynon
- Length 7 miles; three hours
This wonderful walk takes in a precipitous stretch of Gower coastline, topped with ancient hill forts and punctuated by beautiful sandy coves. There are no refreshments en route, so take food and water.
The walk starts at Rhossili, a high vantage point overlooking a beach that’s been voted one of the best in the world. Follow the path down to Worms Head – it's possible to walk out to the headland, but only at low tide or it will be partly submerged. On the high point facing the head is a Victorian coastguard station, still very much in use, while just inland Rhossili Down offers Iron Age earthworks and incredible views.
The route follows the coast above the golden beaches of Fall and Mewslade bays. Beyond, Thurba Head has been in National Trust hands since 1933. More ancient history is evident at the Knave Promontory Fort, the largest of several Iron Age structures you’ll see on the walk. Built 10,000 years ago, it would originally have been edged by a wooden stockade. Beyond is the fossil-rich Horse Cliff. Shortly afterwards you'll pass above the Goats Hole, a cave in the cliff (only accessible from the water) that was the site of a hugely significant prehistoric burial: the Red Lady of Paviland.
Beyond this point the cliffs descend and the going is easier for a long stretch until you begin to climb to Port Eynon Point. There’s an interesting detour near the summit – a steep descent to Culver Hole, a ruined medieval dovecote crammed into a fissure in the cliff. Bear in mind, though, that it’s unsigned and a little hard to find, and the path is steep.
On the fringes of Port Eynon you'll pass the Salt House, a salt-extraction unit built in the 16th century. In the village you can stop for a celebratory drink or meal in the pub. Note: only one bus a day heads between Port Eynon and Rhossili, so you may need to change in Reynoldston if you've left your car at the starting point.