Walkers welcome! A perfect B&B base for Gower walks

Gower walks

Conveniently located at the gateway to the Gower Peninsula, Langland Cove Guesthouse is run by walkers, for walkers. We think it’s the perfect base for Gower walks. But then we would, wouldn’t we. And that’s why we live here. The only trouble is, on a day like today, we’d happily spend the whole day stomping over our favourite trails with a lunchbox of lovely local produce and a pub supper of saltmarsh lamb to look forward too. But there would be no freshly-baked cakes in your room when you arrived… just our sun-kissed noses and muddy boots to greet you. And that simply wouldn’t do.

But ask yourself: would you want to be stuck inside, doing the laundry, when you could be here…

Rhossili Down Worm's Head on the Gower Peninsula, Gower walks credit Visit Wales

Rhossili Down and the Worm’s Head, Gower Peninsula

No, I thought not.

With easy access from the M4 and only a three-hour train ride from London, it’s easier to reach Gower than you think – perfect for that weekend away. And did you know that Gower is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? A year-round walking destination with a huge variety of ancient landscapes, dramatic coastal trails, pristine beaches and breathtaking viewpoints. In a weekend, you could tackle the magnificent Wales Coastal Path around the peninsula (see the National Trust’s Gower Super Challenge Walk pdfs, below), a traverse of the Gower Way – the spine of the peninsula – or one of dozens of lesser-trodden trails that criss-cross the peninsula’s wild landscapes away from the hustle and bustle of Gower’s headline attractions.

Here’s what Visit Swansea Bay had to say about one of our favourite routes for a walking weekend: The Gower Way:

Thanks to Gower’s long history of settlement, the route will take you past a variety of impressive historical sites, from ancient cairns and standing stones (including Arthur’s Stone, a Neolithic burial monument) and fortifications, to old consecrated wells, Norman castles and chapels.

Gower’s varied geology and natural environment also ensures that the route, although relatively short for a long distance path, travels through an extraordinarily diverse range of scenery, from the spectacular beach at Rhossili, over weathered limestone plateaux and rolling farmland, to the wilder uplands and heath of the Mynydd y Gwair hills.

Gower Walks: it’s as easy as One-Two-Three…

  1. Get ready: On arrival, browse our maps and guidebooks or pick our brains for local recommendations. In the evening, Mumbles village’s pubs and eateries are only a ten minute walk away.
  2. Get set: After a great night’ sleep in one of our boutique guestrooms, Carwyn’s hearty breakfasts will prepare you for a day of walking on the peninsula. We can accommodate early starts if you are keen to get going, and supply you with a packed lunch or picnic.
  3. Go! Whether it’s top tips on where to park or timetables for public transport, we can help you get to the trail head to begin your adventure.

Carwyn and Sarah are both trained Mountain Leaders who grab every opportunity to head out onto Gower (normally with a couple of toddlers in tow). We would be delighted to help you plan your walk so that you get the most from your time on Gower.

Our facilities for walkers include:

  • Explorer Maps for Gower, Swansea Bay, Carmarthen, Llanelli and Brecon Beacons
  • Recommended local routes and refreshment stops
  • Advice on public transport options and safe parking
  • Picnics and packed lunches on request
  • Early breakfast on request
  • Drying and storage facilities for your dirty kit
  • Quick-turnaround laundry service

Don’t forget to check out our Walk of the Month on the blog.

For more ideas, the National Trust features ideas for exploring Gower including downloadable pdf guides. Here are a selection of our favourites: