A New Tradition, The DimExcuses Christmas Coastal Walk, December 2015.

Pwll Du, DimExcuses Christmas Walk

Happy new year! This is my forth year of blogging and sharing my enthusiasm for getting out and about in Wales and further a field.

Rotherslade Bay

Our DimExcuses Big Gower Walk in September is now a strong tradition, you can read about this year’s walk here. But I felt that we needed something similar for the winter holidays. Yet that brings challenges in terms of shorter days, wetter and colder weather. Challenges that Molly and Darren were happy to take on as we headed to our first Gower beach, Pwll Du.

Spot the Bulldog, Pwll Du

We chose the Monday Bank Holiday (28/12/15), and started where we finish the DimExcuses Big Gower Walk at the Joiners Arms in Bishopston, Gower. From there it is a short walk to Pwll Du Bay. Setting off at 2 pm we had about two and a half hours of light before the winter sun set.

The Usual DimExcuses Suspects, Pwll Du to Brandy Cove

The weather has been so wet lately that we had all got new waterproofs and planned for the worst. On the bright side this winter has been very mild. Very, very mild and very wet, from a climate change point of view it is extremely concerning. So far this winter we have had only one frost. From a DimExcuses walkers point of view at least it wasn’t going to be cold.

Darren & Paul, DimExcuses Christmas Walk

Miraculously the rain held off for the whole walk, but it was windy! A strong wind blowing the Christmas cobwebs away. Wind in our faces we went from Pwll Du, around to Brandy Cove.

Brandy Cove

From Brandy Cove we continued on the Wales Coast Path to Caswell Bay. At Caswell Bay it was clear that the recent winter storms had taken their toll with bricks from the sea front strewn across the beach entrance.

StormWatch Caswell

Caswell allowed us a quick comfort break, before we pressed on against the setting sun towards Langland and Rotherslade Bay.

Langland Bay DimExcuses

From Langland and Rotherslade there was just one last home stretch of the Wales Coastal Path to walk around to Limeslade and Bracelet Bay.

Rotherslade Bay DimExcuses

The light was now fading and we were relying on street lights as we finished the walk in the village of Mumbles. It was then just a case of finding a (bull) dog friendly pub and having a real ale and tall stories with friends old and new. The Park was happy to accommodate us and even lit the fireplace to warm up us weary walkers.

Laughs by the Pub Fire

A great success and now a new tradition, we will be undertaking the DimExcuses Christmas Coastal Walk again next year. You should come, DimExcuses.

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After the boys of summer have gone. DimExcuses Gower Walk 2013.

Gower Walk

It has become a bit of a tradition.  Every year at the end of summer, several of us get the first Gower bus to Rhossili and start a mammoth walk back.  We quickly take in the awesome Rhossili Bay and Worm’s Head before cutting across land, over looking Mewslade and Fall Bay, to get to Port Eynon in time for a full cooked breakfast. Much needed fuel for the rest of the walk.

Fall Bay

We weren’t the only ones walking the cliffs.  Have a look at the sheep in the left of this photo, right on the edge of the cliff.

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Leaving Port Eynon we followed the Wales Coastal Path towards Oxwich Bay, taking in the spectacular Gower coast on the way.

Gower Cliffs

Checkout Paul Jones striding confidently in this picture, which I have entitled ‘nature is my bitch’.

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Arriving at Oxwich Bay we are 10 miles into the walk and in need of a pint in the Oxwich Bay Hotel.  It is a cosy break as we sit out the only real shower of the day.

Oxwich Bay Hotel

The back of the walk broken, we then walked across the beach at Oxwich Bay walking past Little Tor.  Unfortunately the tide was blocking the walk past Great Tor.

Gower Walk

With the tide in we had to climb over Great Tor.  Not needed with now tired knees and ankles.  Here is Ade Price at the top of the Tor before we start the decent into Three Cliffs.

Ade Price

I quickly took this photo of Three Cliffs as it is quite an uncommon angle to see Britain’s most photographed and painted beach.  For lots of great photos of Three Cliffs Bay go to 3cliffsbay.co.uk, you may see some of mine.

Three Cliffs Bay

Once across Three Cliffs Bay, which features in my previous Gower Walking blogs, we headed up through Pobbles Bay to the Southgate Pub for a much needed break.

Above Pwll Du

 

We then walked through Southgate and onto East Cliff overlooking Hunt’s Bay, before walking down into Pwll Du.

Pwll Du

It was then just a matter of climbing out of Pwll Du and up into Bishopston for a well earned pint of ‘Three Cilff’s Gold’ in the Joiners Arms.

The Joiners Arms

So 9 hours, 19 miles, 3 pubs and a cafe later we had completed the DimExcuses Gower Walk 2013.  Next year you should come, DimExcuses.