A relaxed loop walk passing through woodland and along the flat sandy bay of Whiteford Beach.
Today combines inland and coastal walking at its best. Head out to Whiteford Point and through the nature reserve. This low-lying peninsula which is sandwiched between the sea and the estuary is one of the most remote spots on the Gower and you will walk through a variety of habitats including dunes, beach, salt marshes, mud flats and woodland. At low tide it is also possible to walk across the sand and rocks to Whiteford Point Lighthouse. Built in 1865 it marks a dangerous shoal lying just off the point.
Stop by the village shop in Llanmadoc and pick up a bottle of Welsh cider or beer to sip on Whiteford Beach.
Check tide times before you leave as this route crosses Whiteford Beach, although it's still passable at high tide the walking will be much easier when the tide is low.
The route also passes through land that used to be used as a military firing range. Avoid straying from the pathways and DO NOT pick up any suspicious objects.
Tips and hints
Food and Drink
There are no stores in Llangennith although your B&B hosts may be able together a packed lunch for you for the day. Otherwise Llanmadoc has the Village Shop and Cwm Ivy Cafe, both great places to stop by for food and refreshments.
Points of interest
Whiteford Lighthouse and Nature Reserve
Whiteford reserve consists of mudflats, saltmarsh and sand dunes. Together with Burry Inlet this forms one of the most important areas in wales for ducks and wading birds during winter. Be sure to carry a pair of binoculars with you when walking through here as birds such as oystercatchers, plovers, lapwings and Ospreys can often be seen. Spring through summer the dunes are rich in wildflowers and butterflies just adding to the joys of a stroll out to Whiteford Beach. On rounding Whiteford point you then pass Whiteford Lighthouse, this is Europe's last remaining iron lighthouse.
Along 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.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.