The Gower Way
The Gower Way is a linear, long-distance route which traverses the Gower Peninsula from east to west
Walking on the Gower Peninsula
Inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1998, the Gower Way runs 35 miles (56km) from Rhossili at the extreme south-west of the Gower Peninsula, through to Penlle'r Castell in upland Mawr (this is a cross-section of the area covered by the ancient lordship of Gower).
Thanks to Gower's long history of settlement, the route will take you past a variety of impressive historical sites, from ancient cairns and standing stones (including Arthur's Stone, a Neolithic burial monument) and fortifications, to old consecrated wells, Norman castles and chapels.
Gower's varied geology and natural environment also ensures that the route, although relatively short for a long distance path, travels through an extraordinarily diverse range of scenery, from the spectacular beach at Rhossili, over weathered limestone plateaux and rolling farmland, to the wilder uplands and heath of the Mynydd y Gwair hills.
The route can be broken up into three sections, as follows:
South (Rhossili – Penmaen): approx. 8 miles (13km)
Middle (Penmaen – Gowerton): approx. 12 miles (19km)
North (Gowerton – Penlle'r Castell): approx. 15 miles (24km)
Maps required: Ordnance Survey Explorer 10, 164, 165