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Greentraveller's Guide to Gower

Posted by News Editor at 03:45 on Wednesday 13 April 2016

Greentraveller's Guide logoAs part of our series on the eight Protected Landscapes of Wales, we have produced a guide to Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Our guide to the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) features places to stay and eat, local attractions and activities. As well as being a comprehensive guide to all you need to know to get the most out of the area, we provide you with help on how to travel to the area and get around by public transport. On the guide's homepage you'll find an interactive map of all the featured places to stay, eat and explore.

Greentraveller's Guide to where to eat, drink, stay and explore in Gower. Photo: Visit Swansea BayGreentraveller's Guide to where to eat, drink, stay and explore in Gower. Photo: Visit Swansea BayWith its classic limestone coast and the variety of its natural habitats, Gower was the first AONB designated in the UK. Rich and diverse, its scenery ranges from fragile dune and salt marsh in the north to the dramatic limestone cliffs along the south coast, intercut with sandy beaches. Inland, the ridges of Cefn Bryn and Rhossili Down dominate a landscape of traditional small fields, wooded valleys and open commons.

Greentraveller's Video of Adventures in Gower AONB:

Pennard Castle. Photo: Visit Swansea BayPennard Castle. Photo: Visit Swansea BayWritten and researched by Sian Lewis, the guide includes some of the best places to stay in Gower, from fairytale cottages and dinky shepherd's huts to converted barn and beautiful old farmhouses. Wherever you pick to stay, you're guaranteed a warm welcome and a hearty breakfast to get you into gear for a day exploring the region.

A surfer heads down to Rhossili Bay. Photo: Visit Swansea BayA surfer heads down to Rhossili Bay. Photo: Visit Swansea BaySian writes: "Everyone's familiar with Gower's natural wonders, particularly the vast beaches – virtually empty even in the height of summer – that tempt surfers, windsurfers and kiters year round, but how about the historical treasures further inland? The region is packed with ancient castles and prehistoric sites (in fact there are 1200 archaeological sites on this tiny peninsula!) which reveal an alternative Gower to the one we all know and love."

Gower is full of amazing secrets to discover, and you'll struggle to travel anywhere on the peninsula without itching to explore another ruin, such as the glorious Pennard Castle, or follow a tiny road to an enticing-looking beach – Gower is stuffed full of them and we've picked out some of our favourites for you to enjoy.

Fairytale tipi fields at night. Photo: Down to EarthFairytale tipi fields at night. Photo: Down to EarthGower may be tiny but it's teeming with foodies producing fabulous things to eat, from fresh-off-the-boat fish and salt marsh lamb, to locally-brewed beer. The tricky bit will be deciding where to sample it: there's the idyllic King Arthur Hotel with its snug bar and fantastic local ales, the charming Fairyhill Restaurant< where you'll be treated to belly-filling hunks of Welsh salt marsh lamb to the choicest local seafood, or the award-winning Coalhouse (below), whose hake, cockle and laverbread chowder is a definite highlight. 

Gower is full of wonderful places to eat. Photo: The Coalhouse CompanyGower is full of wonderful places to eat. Photo: The Coalhouse Company

Paul Lloyd, Chair of the Gower AONB PartnershipPaul Lloyd, Chair of the Gower AONB PartnershipPaul Lloyd, Chair of the Gower AONB Partnership, says: "The Wales Coast Path, and the many other footpaths around Gower, make exploring by foot easy – from the open, rolling commons with their Bronze and Iron Age remains, to wooded valleys with small villages nestling in their shelter, and the dramatic coast, with its stories of smuggling and ship wrecks. 

"Award-winning beaches, dramatic coast and rolling downs, with traditional villages linked by small lanes make Gower a place to unwind and recharge your batteries."

Richard Hammond, Chief Executive of Greentraveller Media Group, adds: “We hope this Greentraveller’s Guide to Gower AONB will help visitors make the most of their time in this specially protected part of South Wales in a way that brings local economic benefits while conserving the glorious landscape.

"This guide is the latest of our online destination platforms that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch."

>> Greentraveller's Guide to Gower AONB

>> Greentraveller's Guide to all 8 Protected Landscapes in Wales

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