September 14

Reinvigorate Yourself on the Gower Coast


Gower Coast - Nick Russill
Gower Coast - Nick Russill

 The Gower Coast stretches over the wild and grassy sand dunes of south Wales and offers plenty of invigorating options for an adventure weekend break.

 As Britain’s first official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower offers rugged coastal paths and wide beaches for walking along or just appreciating the view.

Surf the Gower Coast

It’s also a great place to learn to surf, or to hone your technique, as long as the waves play along. So much so, that the Observer listed it as THE best place to learn to surf in the UK.

 Llangennith is my favourite beach along the Gower. It’s wide and sandy, with an easy-going campsite and friendly café behind the dunes.

 At peak weekends, the Hillend campsite (01792 386204) becomes crowded but most of the time just turning up will get you a pitch. The area attracts young families and casual 20-somethings with a relaxed yet boisterous atmosphere that rarely settles before midnight. 

The Gower Coast - Outstanding Natural Beauty





The Gower Coast - Outstanding Natural Beauty

A Weekend on the Gower Coast

PJ’s surfshop, the lone institution on the single road to the sea, offers board and wetsuit hire as well as a surf report.

 The Kings Head, the only pub in the area, also throngs with those who’ve either forgotten their trangias or given up on the whole cooking outdoors idea.

I love the Gower Coast, but especially Llangennith, for a cheap weekend break. It’s ideal for groups of friends or families because there are so many options. Take to the surf if you want, or lie on the beach. Go for a walk or eat your body weight in ice cream. The organisation and logistics are minimal, making group weekends away that much easier.


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  1. Llangennith is a fun wave in beautiful surroundings and you’re right, it is a good place to learn. Others that spring to mind are Woolacombe and Saunton – but then I do love North Devon! It is pretty easy to reach from the M5 and probably has more choice for accommodation and importantly, pubs!

  2. Right then! I’m going to get looking into Woolacombe and Saunton (although I will always have a soft spot for the Gower 😉 )

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