This section of your walk is incredibly varied as you walk through dunes, forests, on cliff tops and along one of the Gower’s finest beaches.
Starting in the centre of Llanmadoc head on out of town passing Cwm Ivy Cafe and then across Hill Tor, enjoying amazing views over Whiteford Sands and it’s Nature Reserve.
Continue across the cliff tops to Burry Holms, a small tidal island whose name is Norse in origin, suggesting that it may have been a base for Viking raiders.
Here is where you turn left and walk along the long sandy beach of Rhossili, one of the most spectacular beaches in Britain. Further along the beach you can keep going, or walk along the crest of the ridge above the beach when you reach Hillend. Here you can see numerous ancient stones, evidence that there was a human presence on this peninsula in the Neolithic period (4,000—2400 BC).
Watch the surfers as they ride the waves and pass the Old Rectory, a white house, apparently used by smugglers in the past and now rented out by the National Trust. As you approach Rhossili you can see the iconic tidal headland at Worm’s Head, nicknamed Gower’s “Land’s End”
Before your transfer to either Port Eynon or Oxwich after your walk make sure to sit on The Bay Bistro terrace (or inside if the weather isn't being kind) where there are terrific views to absorb while partaking in a local brew.
If you're feeling peckish, and it's the right season, there are many blackberry bushes between Broughton and Hillend Beaches....even the odd wild strawberry growing if you've a keen eye for it.
The route passes exposed cliffs in places so take good care during low visibility and never walk close to the edge as they can be prone to collapse. When passing the clay pigeon shooting range be sure to take notice of any warning signs in place and avoid venturing into the range altogether, even if it looks empty.
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.
Food & Drink
Llanmadoc has it's Village Shop and Cwm Ivy Cafe, both able to supply you with sandwiches and snacks for your walk. There is nothing else en route until you reach Rhossili with a small selection of cafe's and a bar.
Points of interest
This small tidal island located at the northern end of Rhossili Bay used to sit 12 miles away from the sea, although that was almost 9,000 years ago when it was inhabited by nomadic Mesolithic hunters.
Flint tools found on the island in 1919 provided the first evidence of their existence, since when charcoal, charred hazelnut shells, and tools made out of wood and bone have also been found. An excavation in 1998 by the National Museums and Galleries of Wales found that Burry Holms was used as a Mesolithic seasonal camp. Iron Age people subsequently built a 5-acre hillfort and ditch on the island, while in Medieval times it was home to a monastery.