Gower Spring Walks 2. Three Cliffs Valley, Bay and Pobbles Bay May 2013.

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already posted a walk similar to this in my Gower winter walks: Gower Winter Walks 2. Pennard Castle and Three Cliffs Bay Circular Route. I GPS tracked that trail with Everytrail and you can see that map here.  This time I took a slightly different route dropping into the valley and then climbing over Three Cliffs as the tide cut me off before I could get through the cave. This time I tried tracking my walk with Strava Run. I am trying the Strava android application because it keeps a running total of my walking allowing me to compare what I am doing each week and month. You need to sneakily tell the app that you are running as it won’t add walks to your on-going results. I am also trying this app for GPS tracking my mountain bike rides.

I went very wide around the golf course towards the Sandy Lane chalet settlement. If you haven’t been here before aim for the large water tower and be careful passing the golf course. There are white stones to follow but these can be hard to see.

Pennard Castle View

Once you are by the water tower head towards Pennard Castle. The view is magnificent. At this point I chose to go down into the valley by following the very steep and very sandy path. This is not the route for anyone with mobility issues, instead follow the boardwalk as outlined in my winter walk.

Three Cliffs Bay

You should also check the tide because the valley floods at high tide and before that the tide can cut off the cave through to Pobbles Bay. I didn’t get this right, so I had to climb up to Three Cliffs and go over the top. There is a path to do this but it is hard to find. It is in a gully in the cliff and is definitely one for the more agile walker.

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This did allow me to get some great photos of Three Cliffs Bay before moving around into Pobbles. These two bays really are Jewels of Gower and highlights of the coast in Wales. The sea is still quite cold from our unseasonal spring, 8 degrees and this was the Sunday of the first may Bank Holiday! But that didn’t stop Sadie the spaniel going for a dip.

Pobbles

 

Pobbles Bay funnels to a narrow storm beach and there is one central path back to Pennard Golf Club where it is a short road walk back to the start. This is definitely one of my favourite DimExcuses Gower walks.

 

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Rain doesn’t stop play at Bridgend Bush Waka Festival! Bryngarw Country Park April 2013

Wet puppy, aah bless :)

An unseasonably cold and wet spring saw the launch of Bush Waka, Bridgend’s first bush-craft festival. The event aimed to encourage people to get involved with their environment by exploring the world of bush-craft and traditional wilderness skills. The event was run on a particularly wet Saturday in April, but it was surprising to see how a drop of rain won’t deter families from Bridgend putting on their waterproofs and heading to Bryngarw Country Park to make the most of all the activities, like this tomato seed planting by the Community Foodie project.  Learn more about Community Foodie Here.

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There was a great turn out and Bryngarw Country Park was almost full at lunch time. Even with the rain it was easy to get involved with activities as the stalls were covered and large parachutes were suspended from trees to keep everything dry. Exciting activities included fire-lighting, campfire cooking, shelter building and chainsaw carving.

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There was also a falconry display and stalls for local crafts and conservation groups. If you managed to get around all that you could then relax in the central tipi (supplied by Cwm Tawel Yurt Campsite) for some storytelling.

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Swansea Plantasia were on hand for bushtucker trails and animal antics, but with an opportunity to have a giant hissing cockroach crawl on you , for some that was a case of ‘I’m not a celebrity, but get me out of here’!

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It was nice to see so many families doing what DimExcuses is all about, getting out, having fun and enjoying the Welsh countryside, whatever the weather, and sometimes things are more fun in the rain. A great venue, a great event and a great day out, dimexcuses.

When is it on next year?