200 m
28 m
12,64 km

Переглянуто 66 раз(и), завантажено 6 раз(и)

біля Llangennith, Wales (United Kingdom)

On Sunday, 13th May, Pat and David Bush led the Carmarthen Ramblers on an eight mile circular ramble on the Gower peninsula with some fabulous scenery. This was a walk that had been postponed on the winter programme due to bad weather. The weather on this occasion was just right for rambling and paragliding - fine and sunny but with a fresh breeze blowing, keeping the temperatures down. There were dazzling displays of blue bells and wild garlic in full bloom in the banks and hedgerows along the way, and a beautiful aroma from the gorse on the headlands.

The walk started from the car park from the Kings Head car park in Llangennith, from where they headed down to the church to locate a stile that led into a field and the start of a climb out of the village through the fields heading in a southeasterly direction through Upper Hardings Down. This led onto Hardings Down where they stopped briefly to examine the two Iron Age forts near its highest point at 152 metres, and to appreciate the scenery with excellent visibility allowing views of the surrounding countryside and as far inland as the Carmarthen Fans and the Pembrokeshire coast in the opposite direction, as well as several paragliders floating effortlessly along the ridge on top of Rhossili Down. They left this hill aiming for the derelict farm of West Cathan, where they located the route that was to lead them in a southerly direction through fields and footpaths for about two miles to reach the derelict farm of Kingshall where they connected with a farm track. They took a ninety-degree turn here and after a quarter of a mile along the track they emerged onto the edge of the moor on Rhossili Down.

Their route continued southwards on the farm track for about a half-mile as it skirted around the edge of the moor to reach Fernhill Farm on the brow of a hill, where they met a footpath that led downhill for about a quarter of a mile to reach the B4247 road that links Rhossili to Swansea at Pitton. On the other side of the road they picked up a footpath that led down to Mew Slade, through woodland heaving with wild garlic in full bloom, and then met the coast path. The route turned westwards as they now followed the coast path along the cliff tops high above Mewslade Bay for about a mile until the next bay – Fall Bay - came into sight, and then turned inland along a permissive path that led them into the newly revamped National Trust carpark in Rhossili where they had the view of the full stretch of the beach below. They walked past the Worm’s Head Hotel to meet a footpath and pass behind the church, then out of the village onto Rhossili Down with a steep climb, now heading northwards stopping halfway up the hillside for a lunch break under the flight path of the paragliders, with a view over Rhossili Bay with Worms Head and its causeway uncovered by the tide.

In the afternoon the group continued northwards uphill on the southern end of the moor on a footpath, and continued to climb until they reached the trig point at the Beacon at a height of one hundred and ninety three metres, the highest point of the day, from where there were stunning scenic views of the three-mile sweep of Rhossili Bay, and way out at sea the outline of Lundy Island could be seen. There were also the most magnificent panoramic views across Carmarthen Bay of the Pembrokeshire coastline with the Preseli mountain range just in view. Heading northward along the ridge for about a mile they passed the remains of the wartime observation post before they descended the hill, crossing the moor at Bessie’s Meadow, and following a path that dropped gently to reach a stony lane that led off the hill into Coety Green. From here there was a half-mile walk along a quiet country road uphill to Llangennith to complete the walk. A debriefing was held at the Kings Head.


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