Nothing beats a brisk walk by the sea to energise yourself on a dull day, so get yourself down to one of Gowers spectacular beaches and blow the cobwebs away with a winter walk.
Here are our top 3 Gower winter walks, guaranteed to stretch your legs and let you take in the breath-taking scenery.
1. Rhossili Downs
Park in the National Trust car park, and as a warm-up follow the track to catch a close-up of the Worms Head without crossing the causeway. Once you’re back in the car park you can either take yourself into the beachy haven that is The Bay Bistro for a coffee, or get stuck into action and make your way back towards the village, taking the path that leads you behind the church. Keep left and you’ll stumble upon the National Trust gate which sits in front of a stone building at the foot of the steep (and slightly daunting) Downs! Set-off up the somewhat long and winding path to the top (the good news is it flattens out eventually) and you’ll be greeted by the bright white trig point which sits proudly at the summit. The rest is easy, downhill whichever way you turn. Continue onwards to Hill End Caravan Park in Llangennith, and make your way back across the beach. Voted the eleventh best beach in Europe this year, it is easy to see why this beauty of a beach retains its TripAdvisor top title year-on-year.
2. Mewslade to Fall Bay
If you haven't yet discovered the gem that is Mewslade Bay, then take the signposted turning at Pitton, and follow the narrow road down in to the farm car park. Take notice of the discrete signs as you make your way between the farm buildings and through the woodland and down the valley that leads you towards the sea. A tidal bay, Mewslade only gives up its sandy shore for part of the day, so be sure to check the tides before making a trip. That said, you can skirt around the shore and stay within the confines of the cliff-top path which leads you all the way to neighbouring Fall Bay, a short distance away.
3. Pennard Castle
Turning right from the car park at Pennard Castle will bring you out on to the best vantage point for taking in the awe-inspiring spectacle that is Three Cliffs Bay. Make you way down the valley and back up the other side which leads you via a wooden walkway and you will gain a different perspective and notice Pennard Castle in the distance. The path will take you around the edge of Pennard Golf Course and past the water tower. Where Linkside Drive meets the road, take yourself through the kissing gate at the bottom of the school playing fields. Take this path alongside the houses and follow the hedgerow through three fields, woodland and a water treatment plant. Keep right and the lane will bring you out back at the car park.