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2022 Admiral Swansea Bay 10k
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BLOG | January 13, 2022

This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Wales Coast Path!

Wales is one of the few countries that has a continuous walking route around its coast; to encourage residents and visitors to make the most of our incredible and varied coastline – for exercise, fresh air and of course, for the views!

The Gower Coast Path is like the national path in miniature! Along the Swansea Bay section of the route you can walk along clifftops, promenades, across beaches, through marshlands and dunes. It’s a varied and scenic route along 51 miles of coastline – 39 miles of which is in the first region in the UK to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Gower Peninsula.

So whether you’ve set yourself a New Year challenge to walk the entire Gower coastline or just have time for a Sunday afternoon stroll – here are some of our Coast Path highlights.

Swansea Bay Promenade

A gentle and flat route, the Promenade running from the city centre to Mumbles is a shared cycle path, so keep a lookout for other path users.  Very accessible, this section of the path is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.  Treat yourself to an ice-cream from one of the cafés en-route.

 

Limeslade to Langland Bay

Another popular section of the Gower Coast Path, in some sections suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.  Only a short hop from the city centre and you’re on a craggy clifftop, watching the waves crash below – you may even see an inquisitive seal looking back at you!  For a longer walk carry on past Langland to Caswell Bay.  There are cafes and restaurants in Limeslade, Langland and Caswell if you need to refuel on the way.

 

Pennard Cliffs and Three Cliffs Bay

Take a walk along windswept Pennard Cliffs and be rewarded by the famous view of the Three Cliffs.  Walk on a little further to see the ruins of Pennard Castle.  This route needs walking shoes and is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.  (And the cafes in Southgate don’t mind a muddy boot or two if you need to refuel after your walk!)

 

Rhossili

A ramble along the Rhossili section of the Coast Path is rewarded by epic views from the top of Rhossili Downs, but there is also a relatively flat and easily walked section which takes you to the edge of the causeway to Worm’s Head.  If you’re venturing out onto the causeway – check the tide times with the Coastwatch station before you head out!  There are also plenty of places in Rhossili to enjoy a well-deserved lunch with probably one of the best views in the world as a side order!

Whiteford

Head North to Cwm Ivy and Whiteford beach and the view changes – as you begin the walk you’ll see glimpses of the dunes and beach through the trees, before the beach is revealed as a wide and open vista across the Burry Estuary. Look out for Whiteford Lighthouse – the UK’s last remaining iron, wave-washed lighthouse (but check the tide times carefully before going for a closer look, the tide comes in quickly here).  Cafés in Cwm Ivy and Llanmadoc welcome you and your best friend (the one with four legs!).

Walk Safely, Tread Lightly

  • Experiencing our coast and countryside is the best way to stay fit and find some inner calm when life gets hectic. But please take care, be respectful of the tides – they turn quickly here and you can become cut off.  If you plan to go walking on the beach below the high tide mark, always check that you have enough time before the tide comes in.
  • Seeing the Gower coastline from the heights of a clifftop walk is breathtaking, but please ensure you keep to the path and tread carefully. After rain or bad weather the edge of the cliff can become unstable – so it’s always best to stick to the path.
  • Please look after our countryside and coast; take all litter home, keep to paths, leave gates as you find them and keep a good distance from wildlife such as seals or nesting birds.
  • Finally, always dress for the weather (it does get wet – sometimes!) and take a snack and a drink to keep you going – ‘til you reach your destination and that ice-cream!

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Walking away from the Coast

We also have some awesome inland walking routes, including the challenging Gower Way.  Walk through woodlands, moorland, beside lakes and wetlands….

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