In the Shadow of the Sunset. DimExcuses Mid Winter Walk 2016.

Shadow of the sunset. Pwll Du

Last year we started a new tradition, the DimExcuses Winter Walk. You can see all the photos from 2015’s winter walk here. It is the sister walk to the DimExcuses End of Summer Walk, which you can read about here.

Winter Sunset Sun, Gower 2016

Starting where the summer walk ends, in the Joiners Arms in Bishopston, we headed down to Pwll Du Bay, Gower. We got onto the Wales Coastal Path at Pwll Du just after half past two, which gave us two hours of low winter sun to walk the Wales Coast Path all the way to Mumbles.

Low Winter Sun, Gower 2016

It was a fantastic afternoon, cool crisp and sunny. Eight of us and two dogs made the walk with the low sun at our backs.

Brandy Cove Winter 2016

We were soon in Brandy Cove, and on our way to Caswell Bay.

Caswell Bay Winter 2016

With a low tide and low sun, lots of people were walking off their Christmas mince pies on Caswell beach. In the shadow of the sunset behind us it was important now to get around to Langland Bay while we still had the light.

Shadow of the Sunset Caswell Bay

With a four thirty sunset, we didn’t have much time. The sun was rapidly setting behind us as we made our way passed Langland Bay, Rotherslade Bay and on to Limeslade Bay.

Winter Sunset Gower 2016

The light was incredible as the sun set behind us as we finally reached Mumbles.

Last light Gower 2016

The walk was about 12km, and as we regrouped for a pint by the fire in the Park Inn, Mumbles, we had one very big, very tired dog on our hands.  Oakley has a few DimExcuses Gower walks under his belt now.

Oakley

And we also had one little dog who really didn’t know what to make of the one big dog!

When Molly met Oakley

It was a great walk, that proved that the Gower Coast is for life not just Christmas Summer. We will definitely going again next year, DimExcuses.

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Gower Winter Walks 1. Rotherslade to Caswell & back, racing the dusk.

Here is the first in my series of Gower winter walks that you can do in an afternoon.  The days are short and the weather terrible at the moment, but that is no excuse for not getting out and about.  The Gower Coast is full of great walks but these can be a bit muddy at this time of year.  So I tend to choose the surfaced coastal paths when I am walking in January.  This is a great walk from Rotherslade (Mumbles) to Caswell Bay and back, taking in Langland Bay on the way.  I parked on Higher Lane, Langland, but you can make this walk a bit shorter by parking in Langland Bay.  It was a bit of a forced march to make it there and back before dusk as we sent out about 3pm.

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I tracked the walk with Everytrail and you can see the map and stats for the walk here.

It was just over 4 miles long, and although it was on any easy access surface it included climbing 295ft in elevation, so it may not be for everyone.

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Looking out through the reeds at Langland Bay you can really what the surf is like.  A bit cold today though.

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Langland is famous for it’s beach huts, which make quite an unusual sight.

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South Gower is predominantly limestone geology and you can see plenty of limestone jutting out of the cliffs as you make the walk from Langland Bay to Caswell Bay.

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As I mentioned previously the great thing about this winter walk is the way the path is surfaced to make it accessible to most people in all weathers.

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Once you get to Caswell Bay it is a matter of turning round and making your way back.  There is a Cafe and toilets at Caswell and at Langland Bay.

So that is my first Gower walk.  I hope to do a few more over the coming months, I have some good circular ones that you can do.