This was our first walk of 2019 and the first "practice" walk for the AOG in July, and what a cracker it turned out to be.
Some people were still on New Year holidays and this walk on Gower was probably a bit too far to travel at this time of year for our further flung friends in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire so a happy band of 7 assembled for this beautiful walk on the Gower coast.
From Blackpill we drove to Caswell the end point of this walk to drop off a car and then onto Penmaen for the start.
Surprisingly the free car park was nearly full but we managed to squeeze our two cars in.
We walked towards the coast and down the steep sandy path onto Three Cliffs Bay.
Then proceeding on a newish path beside Pennard Pill we walked towards Parkmill before ascending to Pennard Castle where the views were absolutely fantastic, down to the prominent three cliffs itself, after which this Bay is named, and great views too, over to Oxwich.
We continued up high, before decending near Pobbles beach and then we had quite a steep ascent up onto the Cliffs again.
On we went to Southgate and beyond, before descending the stony path down to the secluded and wonderful Pwlldu Beach. As you can only walk to this beach, as usual, it was quite deserted.
Neil told us about the 4 pubs that used to be in this lovely spot.
We stopped for lunch on the beach which was an ideal choice.
We then walked across the beach and scrambled up some rocks back onto the coast path.
Brandy Cove was our next point of interest with tales of smuggling, and then we could see Caswell beach, the end of the walk in the distance.
Continuing up high for a while we contoured around and then walked down the steps and onto Caswell beach, a large open expanse, which we walked right across.
Several of our group disappeared to pick up cars whilst a few others enjoyed a well earned coffee in the very busy cafe.
Everyone eventually went thier separate ways with Russ and I catching the bus home from Caswell.
What a wonderful walk this had been.
We were very lucky to have a dry day and even though it was cloudy throughout it still brought out the beauty of this area in abundance.
Many thanks to Neil for all the preparation put into this walk and to David S who had reccied the route with Neil and did an excellent job as backstop on the day, redirecting Neil back on track at one point.
Many thanks to everyone for their support, particularly Ian and Bert who had had a very early start coming from Cardiff.