The Sunniest Day of 2015 so far, Sunday February 8th.

Molly in the Three Cliffs Sun

After a mild start to winter, it has been cold. The end of January and the start of February has been a prolonged cold period with temperatures not tending to reach double figures in the day.

Three Cliffs Valley

But this Sunday we had a glimpse of spring sun to come. A beautiful crisp day without a cloud in the sky. Molly the Frenchton and I took our usual circular walk to Three Cliffs and Pobbles that takes in Three Cliffs Valley from Pennard Castle.

Pennard Castle

Molly loves this walk, especially the sandy paths along the river.

Little Bulldog

Three Cliffs river is called the River Ilston and it has some textbook meanders along the bottom of the valley.

River Ilston

Looking back at this meandering river you can see Pennard Castle on the hill edge looking down on the valley.

Pennard Castle overlooking Ilston River

Three Cliffs was looking majestic in the sun…

Three Cliffs

…as was Molly, showing her French Bulldog and Boston Terrier roots.

Beach Bulldog

Am I the only one who thinks looking at Three Cliffs from Pobbles it looks like a lying dragon? From left to right the cliffs themselves are like crocodile nostrils going into a long nose and a head and eyes in the headland and the shoulders being the hill up from Pobbles to Pennard Cliffs?

Three Cliffs Dragon

Molly wasn’t up for much debate on the subject, preferring to focus on her ball in the sand.

French Bulldog and Ball

Eventually she got tired out and had to lie down in the sand she had churned up.

Tired Bulldog

It is still cold, but what a relief to see a hint of spring to come. Definitely the sunniest day this year, and what a day to get down the beach, DimExcuses.

StormWatch Gower January 2015.

StormWatch Molly

So, we have had a few storms here in Gower, South Wales, but luckily we haven’t had the tides.  The storm surge conditions of big storms on very large tides that devastated the UK coast last year fortunately haven’t occurred.  yet I am still seeing a lot of sand movement and some quite substantial erosion at the top of the beaches.

Pobbles Winter Sand Levels

Molly and I now have a regular 5 km loop of Three Cliffs Bay and Pobbles Bay.  I have mentioned the route before in this link. It is my default exercise route for the little Frenchton (French Bulldog / Boston Terrier) on a Sunday when we are racing to make the most of the short Winter light.

DimExcuses Bulldog Molly

It always starts with a stunning view over the UK’s most photographed and painted view, Three Cliffs Bay.

Three Cliffs Valley

This time we were able to drop into the valley(it is tide dependent), and make our wave down to the cave through Three Cliffs itself to get to Pobbles Bay. The tide cuts the two bays off from each other so it is important to keep an eye on the tide,

Three Cliffs Valley

There has been quite a bit of high tide erosion as you enter Three Cliffs Bay, I can’t see the footpath above this collapse lasting another few storms.

Three Cliffs Erosion

Some quite big chunks of Gower hillside have come away.

Gower Erosion

There is definitely some retreat here in the face of Winter storms.

Storm Erosion

After getting our Storm Watch photos Molly and got through the cave and entered Pobbles Bay. Molly concentrated on her new obsession, playing stick…

Molly & Her Stick

…Before going on the lead so she couldn’t bother her other obsession, horses.

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We did a longer than usual walk climbing up to the Pennard Cliffs rather than our usual walk up to Pennard Golf Club. This allowed me to get some shots of Three Cliffs from an angle I don’t often photograph from.

Moody Three Cliffs

The sweeping beach was almost untouched.

Sweeping South Gower Bays

Three Cliffs are fantastic from any angle, especially in the light of a bruised Winter’s sky.

Rugged Three Cliffs

The view from Pennard Cliffs is of pure rugged beauty.

Pennard Cliffs View of Three Cliffs

All in all January hasn’t been too bad, the storms we have had haven’t coincided with high tides that caused so much damage last year. Molly and I have got out on the beach most weekends, you can see more photos on my @DimExcuses twitter, or you can get down there and see those views for yourself, DimExcuses.