Aug

9Fri

The Sandy Beaches, Cliffs and Castles of Gower Peninsula coast WEEKEND

Graham@graham4

Borfa House - Wales
SA3 1NN

Fri, Aug 9 at 6:00 PM - Sun, Aug 11 at 2:00 PM, 2019

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We have one single occupancy room available, if you are interested please email us to check availability first: info@outdooraholics.co.uk Dive into the rugged beauty and remoteness of the Gower peninsula with miles of diverse coastline to explore. Designated the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956, Gower’s protected landscape has thankfully changed little ever since. We’ve lined up a couple of superb and dramatic coastal hikes along some of the best beaches in Britain. Add to those a National Nature reserve, truly spectacular cliffs, Europe’s 3rd best beach and a ruined castle and we’re surely in for a memorable weekend. Come along and experience Gower peninsula’s unbeatable charm and beauty! Trip Highlights: • Stay on the tip of the spectacular Gower peninsula • Hike through the Gower Coast National Nature Reserve with its tidal island of Worms Head and the Rhossili Down - the highest point on the Gower peninsula (196m) • See the ruins of the majestic Pennard Castle built in the 12th century • Explore a remote and rugged stretch of coast from Port Eynon to Rhossili - owned by the National Trust • Hike to breathtaking Rossilli beach - one of the top beaches in Europe • Hiking from the hostel door on Saturday • Small group of just 31 people with 2 hike leaders • Hike out to the tidal Worms Head Island (tide permitting) Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcmNzM7HaH4 Click here to join our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Weekend Description To put it simply, there’s no way to fully appreciate Gower’s natural beauty, history and geology unless you take on one of the numerous footpaths which run across this stunning piece of rugged countryside. That’s why we’re exploring the Gower Peninsula in traditional Outdooraholics style - through spectacular hikes and viewed from the hiking trails. Both Saturday and Sunday will be exhilarating hikes through landscapes ranging from dramatic and rugged cliffs to long and dreamy sandy beaches. We’ll explore the sanctuary for rich wildlife, habitats and the historical sights of Gower, while being surrounded by awe-inspiring coastal, hill, woodland and clifftops scenery. Saturday night is saved for a tasty group dinner after a day of hiking. ITINERARY Friday 9th August Head over to our exclusively booked hostel cottage on the tip of the Gower peninsula, with only sand dunes separating us from the beach. Saturday 10th August Saturday's hike: Port Eynon to Rhossili via Hillend (2 length options) Distance: 9 or 13 miles (14 or 21km) two versions of this hike are available Ascent: 490m (for 9 mile version) Grading: Intermediate/challenging, some hills, a good level of fitness required - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 4 to 5 hours of actual hiking Saturday will be a memorable hike in one of the most spectacular areas in Wales rewarding us with stunning and varied coastal landscapes. The stretch of coast from Port Eynon to Rhossili is rugged, wild and remote - mostly owned by the National Trust. This craggy coastline is a mixture of dramatic and towering cliffs interspersed with picture postcard sandy beaches. We'll hike through the Gower Coast National Nature Reserve which consists of the tidal island of Worms Head and the Rhossili Down - the highest point on the Gower peninsula (196m). We’ll also pass the spectacular Fall Bay Cliff and hike the Gower way to reach Rhossili Beach - regularly on best beach in the world lists. Rhossili Beach has been voted by Tripadvisor as one of the top 10 beaches in the world: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-26625340 Sunday 11th August Sunday's hike: Oxwich Bay to Pennard Castle Distance: 8 miles (12km) Ascent: 370m Grading: Intermediate, two main tiring hills - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 3 to 4 hours of actual hiking Today we shall explore a different but equally picturesque section of the coast with some lush vegetation. Accompanied by the deep-blue waters of the Atlantic, we’re off to an 8 mile hike through the Nature Reserve of Oxwich and Nicholaston Burrows. Our hike will take us past cliffs and heavenly beaches to eventually reach the hidden valley with the ruins of Pennard Castle. Perched high over the stunning Three Cliffs Bay and Penmaen Burrows, this 12th century castle is considered one of the most picturesque ruins on the Gower Peninsula making it a perfect stop for lunch. Cost and Payment The trip is £127 per person. To join us please RSVP Yes and pay by PayPal. All trip payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once full payment has been received for the trip and the trip is sold out (full), then you may try to sell your space to a member of the same sex by advertising it for sale on this page. For details of how to advertise a fully paid for space for sale (and the process of selling/buying it) please click here: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/FAQ Transport, Accommodation Address and Start Time The trip starts at the venue and you will need transport to, from and during the trip to the hikes. Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help members arrange this, we have set up the trip specific lift share discussion below where you can offer/request lifts: Click here for the Lift Share Discussion: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/51909189 The accommodation address is listed at the top of this event page along with the start time. The start time is the earliest time when you can arrive at the accommodation although you are welcome to arrive at any time after this or throughout the evening. Food Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday and Sunday. You will need money for drinks on the trip and dinner on Saturday night. We have healthy options for breakfast typically porridge with fresh fruit, berries nuts and seeds, fresh fruit salad and cereals, free range eggs, yogurt, toast and coffees, teas etc. For lunch we provide a range of options to make your own sandwiches typically tomatoes, cucumber, houmous, peanut butter, honey, jam, ham, cheese and salami. After the hike we enjoy our signature treat of Cream Teas - an English delicacy consisting of scones, clotted cream and jam, a very tasty treat! The price includes: • 2 nights in hostel accommodation (mainly 4-bedded single gender rooms with a double room available for couples) • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday • Tea (including herbal) and coffee • Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday • Hikes by trained guides (most of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained as a minimum and are qualified Outdoor First Aiders) • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection The price doesn’t include: • Transport to, from and during the trip • Drinks and personal expenses • Dinner on Saturday night Safety The hikes are led by trained hike leaders - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (https://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aiders. We detail our hikes to help you choose, but in rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/3458542/TermsConditions © Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted