Gower Spring (Bulldog) Walks – Rhossili March 2014

Misty Worms Head

It is official, spring is here, and last weekend was a glorious Gower classic.  With forgotten clear skies and crisp double figure degrees C to look forward to, we had to grab Molly the Frenchie and head to Gower’s most awe inspiring beach, Rhossili Bay. Seeing as our van is getting pimped up for summer, we scrounged a lift with Ade and Nancy in their VW T4, tidy like. Ade let Molly ride shotgun in the van, so it was only polite that she show him the view of the bay.

Rhossili Molly & Ade

The great thing with Rhossili is you can drive down, take in the view, get an ice cream, and go home…

Rhossili Spring Mist

…or you can climb down into the bay. But remember what goes down has to climb back up! At the moment the climb down is complicated by the winter storms and record storm surges not only eroding the sand but actually washing away the steps to the beach. National Trust have put in a diversion that involves walking across the grass to almost where the white cottage is. On a serious note the climb up and down to Rhossili is challenging and this diversion has added to that, there is no shame in just sticking to that ice cream / view combination.

Molly the shipwreck hunter

The storm sand erosion has led to one bonus, the shipwreck in the bay is very exposed at the moment. Molly really took it upon herself to be a wreck hunter. Several posts have also been exposed across the bay, I would love to know what these are? Are they left over sea defenses from World War II?

Rhossili Wreck

Shipwrecks aside, as well as the sun there was a gentle offshore wind which was making the most of a moderate swell. I was jealous of two lads walking down to make the most of the empty sets, until I saw them gloving up and pulling their hoods on.

Rhossili Spring Surfer

Molly was straight in with them…

Rhossili Molly & Surfer

…and straight back out! Brrr Molly and I will leave it unitl April (#AprilCool).

Run away Molly!

Then we took that long climb back to the cliff top. In the spring sun it would have been rude not to grab a pint of ‘Gower Gold’ in the Rhossili Hotel beer garden. Molly couldn’t believe we had been all the way down there.

Rhossili Hotel Beer Garden

Unfortunately with a busy day, long walk and a few beers in the beer garden, there is always one who gets grumpy and starts kicking off.

Beer Garden Monster

So we got Molly back in the van before she started trouble. But spring is here, summer is to follow and Gower didn’t get totally washed away in the winter storms. So get out there and get exploring, DimExcuses.

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4 thoughts on “Gower Spring (Bulldog) Walks – Rhossili March 2014

  1. Another beautiful blog, and Rhossili is one of my favourite Gower beaches. The oak posts are the remains of the shipwreck Helvetia, although I’ve never seen them this exposed before.
    The walk back up to the car park is a killer, especially after a long day on the beach, but the reward of a pint at the top keeps me going!

    • Certainly Suzanne. The whole idea of the blog is to share my love and enjoyment of the Gower and South Wales. If it is informative for your guests, all the better. Thanks Mark.

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