A walk on the 38-mile Gower Coast Path is a must-do Year of the Sea experience. Tackle the whole thing or just sample shorter sections and you’ll be struck by the sheer diversity of our shoreline. From the rugged limestone cliffs in the south, past the wide sandy beaches in the west and on to the otherworldly saltmarshes in the north, every Gower mile throws up fresh surprises. And the sea is just part of the story. The path also winds through lush green woodland and past arresting man-made landmarks like the mysterious Culver Hole near Port Eynon and 13th-century St Illtyd’s Church, Oxwich.
Stunning seaside sights come as standard round here (after all Gower was the UK’s first ‘Area of Outstanding National Beauty’). Here’s just two snapshots from Gower’s bulging photo album – the theatrical vista over mossy, hump-backed Worm’s Head (it’s easy to see why the Vikings named it after a sea-monster), and Three Cliffs Bay, a Michelin-starred panorama of dunes, marsh and (of course) trio of cliffs. But seawater doesn’t grab all the headlines. Head to mountainous Mawr for widescreen views of the Lliw reservoirs, and venture into the very green Penllergare Valley Woods to see water cascading over scenic man-made falls.