A short transfer (20 mins) brings you to Crofty, from where you walk beside the salt marshes on the Gower Coastal Path. Check out the ducks, geese and waders, plus wild ponies. Go through the village of Llanrhidian where you pass Weobley Castle.
Cross some stepping stones across Burry Pill (“pill” is a term used in this area to describe a tidal marsh). However if the tide is high you can take an alternate route through Cheriton. Arrive in Llanmadoc, whose name is derived from St Madoc, a 6th century saint of Irish origin. The church here is the smallest on the Gower, dates from the 13th century and is dedicated to St Madoc. If your accommodation is in Llangennith, walk along footpaths to this village from Llanmadoc.
Enjoy a warm welcome from your B&B hosts and this evening enjoy a meal in the local pub.
Check tide times before you leave as this route crosses alongside tidal salt marshes which means sections can be flooded or extremely muddy on or just after high tide. There is a 'high tide route' to avoid the sections that are completely impassable at these times but elsewhere you may get wet feet, or need to find a slightly elevated scramble around.
When walking on the road there is no pavement so be sure to walk on the right hand side to face any oncoming vehicles.
The route also passes through fields containing livestock so please close all gates behind you and do your best not to distrub any cows, especially if they have calves as they can be very protective of them.
Tips and hints
Food and Drink
There is a pub and a tearoom in Llanrhidian as well as a village shop once you reach Llanmadoc. Other than these there is nowhere else en route to get food or refreshments, including Llangennith. Your B&B hosts may be able to make you a packed lunch should you wish to take one with you.
Points of interest
Weobley Castle was the proud home of the de la Bere family until the 15th century. There aren’t many places left where you can stand at the same window as someone did half a millennium ago and witness the same unspoilt view. The vista from Weobley over the Llanrhidian marshlands and mudflats is one such rare place.
The castle is open daily between April to October from 9:30am to 6pm. Admission (at time of writing) is £4 per adult.
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EquipmentAlong with your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack a wind/waterproof and an extra layer. The weather can change fairly quickly along coastal routes and sections of this walk have little in the way of shelter.