When I first learned we were going to Wales for a few days, I got very excited at the prospect of finally seeing some Puffins. There is apparently only a few months of the year (ideally May to July) when it is best to see Puffins, as this is when they come in to land and raise a family. Unfortunately it also turned out to be the best time of year (the 2 days I was here) to do a bird count – hence access was restricted. Instead I hired a car and with Sophie, we explored the Gower Peninsula.
Gower Peninsula is known for its beaches and hiking. With vast kilometres of hiking trails, reserves, public access lands, historic buildings and monuments it is a nature- and history-lovers paradise. One of our stops – Three Cliffs Bay – provided a lovely walk down to the beach, albeit via a very steep drop to the beach. Cold but very crystal clear water makes its way out to sea between two cliffs – could not figure out where the third cliff was however!
When asking the locals what we should see, Rhossili Beach was given a resounding nod of approval. It was not hard to see why when we rolled into town. A windswept plateau with uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. A wide soft beach as far as the eye could see. Gorse bushes providing a lovely aroma and bright yellow to contrast with the green rolling hills and brilliant blue sky and water.
Wales was cold! It was May. Even with summer approaching the air up here was chilly. Horses were roaming about, sunning themselves and eating. While paraglider’s were riding the cold air currents (you can spot a couple in the above photo).
It is a place for contemplation, not swimming (too cold). A place of rolling hills and hiking paths. A place to enjoy the sun while escaping the cold winds. Narrow country lanes and towering cliffs. A place where you can escape the city and feel refreshed.