Start in the waterfront city of Swansea before heading along the coast to the cosmopolitan Mumbles and Limeslade Bay. Head to Caswell Bay before arriving at Pennard Castle. Journey to Oxwich Castle and before enjoying the coast at Worm’s Head and Rhossilli. Then head to Weobley Castle to finish the trail
A waterfront city offering a walk along the beach, fish and chips and ice cream on the pier and city centre shopping all on foot. Within the city are the ruins of the castle, the Marina, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Museum, the Dylan Thomas Centre, the National Waterfront Museum, and the Market, which is the largest covered market in Wales filled with lots of local food outlets.
A vibrant seaside village, you’ll find over 120 shops, restaurants and pubs hugging the west side of Swansea Bay, with a Pier, promenade and famous lighthouse. On the headland overlooking Swansea Bay is Oystermouth castle The Mumbles Oyster Festival is one of many attractions and decide which is the premier ice cream parlour.
A small sheltered cove west of Mumbles Head and Bracelet Bay. At high water the beach disappears, but as the tide falls it reveals rock pools and gullies. The rocks here are unusual with red and white veins running through them. From here you can walk around the coastal path to Rotherslade and Langland Bay.
Caswell Bay Beach
A sandy beach popular with families, and surfers, regularly achieving Blue Flag status. East is a well maintained coastal path leading to the neighbouring Langland Bay. To the west is a more rural path leading to Brandy Cove and Pwlldu Bay. The Bishop's Wood nature reserve sits behind the bay, a rare example of a limestone woodland.
On the hillside overlooking the sea is ruined Pennard Castle. The castle was built in the early 12th century as a timber ringwork following the Norman invasion of Wales and rebuilt in stone at the end of the 13th century, including a stone gatehouse. Encroaching sand dunes caused the site to be abandoned.
The magnificent Tudor mansion stands on a headland above the wide sweep of Oxwich Bay. The house is known as Oxwich Castle, and there indeed appears to have been an earlier true stronghold on the site. The ruins we see today are of a mock-fortified elegant manor house, built during the peaceful and prosperous years of the 16th century.
Voted the best beach in Wales it offers 3 miles of fine golden sand with watersports benefiting from the Atlantic swell. The views are best enjoyed from one of the many walking routes. You may even see some basking seals or dolphins playing in the surf. At one end of the beach is the stunning scenery of limestone rocks known as Worms Head.
Shaped like a giant sea-serpent and marking the most westerly tip of the Gower peninsular the island is joined to the mainland by a rocky causeway and features a large flat-topped Inner Head, towards a natural rock bridge called Devil's Bridge, a Low Neck leading further out to the Outer Head.
The substantial remains of a fortified manor house were begun in the 14th century and continued into the 15th with more emphasis on elegance. The views from Weobley over the north Gower salt marshlands and mudflats extends to the Loughor Estuary.