Horse Riding at Rhossili Beach

Next up, that stunning, seemingly endless beach. That’s Rhossili on the Gower Peninsula, winner of numerous awards for the best British beach and the best sunsets in the world. Most recently, Rhossili was the first beach to be awarded Britain’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor's Travellers’ Choice for the second year running, not to mention the 3rd best beach in Europe and 9th best in the world!

It’s a fantastic place for walking short sections of the Wales Coast Path. If you head in the opposite direction to the beach, you can scramble out to Worm's Head which looks like a huge basking Welsh dragon (the name itself 'Wurm' means 'dragon' and was named by those pesky Viking raiders.) It’s accessible at low tide via a causeway and makes an invigorating walk – though be sure to check on the tides at the Coastwatch Centre before you attempt to cross. If your return journey is cut off by high tide, don’t attempt to swim back to shore.

Horse Riding at Llangennith Beach

Horse Riding at Rhossili Beach

We chose the location for another great attribute. You can ride on horseback for miles along the beach. Watch out for the wreck of the Helvetia which was shipwrecked here in 1887, it’s a Gower landmark. If you carry on to Burry Holms, a small tidal islet at the end of the beach, you can make out the remains of a medieval chapel half buried in the sand. 

Where to stay:

There’s a National Trust cottage you can rent right on the beach.  It's called the Old Rectory and it used to be the home of the parson who covered the parishes of Rhossili and Llangennith. You need to book ahead; this is one of the Trust’s most popular properties. Get yourself on that list, it’s definitely worth the wait! 

Find out more about Horse Riding in Wales.