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.
The great thing with Rhossili is you can drive down, take in the view, get an ice cream, and go home…
…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.
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?
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.
Molly was straight in with them…
…and straight back out! Brrr Molly and I will leave it unitl April (#AprilCool).
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.
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.
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.