Gower Circular – Langland, Caswell

With cabin fever reaching boiling point the weather was looking favourable for Friday. Whilst in the Lake District and a visit to Cicerone, I acquired their guide book “Walking on Gower” and a plan was launched for a visit. Paul was also suffering from a lack of fresh air and so we drove to the Gower and parked up in Bracelet Bay.

Route (Viewranger)

Route (Uk Hills)

Fully kitted up and within yards of starting, Fortes cafe called to us and we sunk a nice coffee. The coastal walk through Langland and Caswell was along a tarmac path with good views of the coast. The sun was warm and we and others were soon walking in shirt sleeves. We stopped to pass the time of day with two chaps and although they are Osprey supporters, together we put the rugby world to rights.


Looking towards Langland

At Caswell the route turned inland via Bishops Wood where although we arrived at the correct path to Clyne Common we took an alternative path  in the wood than that suggested by the guide book author.

Turf roofed building in Bishop Wood

Following lunch we turned south where the guide book made mention of a boggy area leading to a field gate. Not so much boggy as flooded! With hindsight it may have been better to remove our socks as the depth of water was well over our boots. On reaching dry land we emptied our boots and squeezed excess water from our socks!

Watery scene


We now walked down through Mumbles passing Paraclete Congregational Church where Dylan Thomas’ uncle was the preacher and then onto the path running alongside Swansea Bay.

Oystermouth Castle

At the George Inn the route went steeply uphill to the Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve but there were good views of Swansea Bay and over to Port Talbot. From here it was downhill to the car.

Regular readers may wonder what has happened to the “Navigator”, well he has forsaken wet Wales for the Canary Islands where no doubt he is sprawled on a beach in his speedos’ reading some trashy novel.

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