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A - Hillend Campsite (Llangennith). B - Pitton Cross (Rhossili).
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- Carregwlyd Campsite
(Port Eynon). D - Nicholaston Farm (Nr Three Cliffs / Tor Bay).
E -Three Cliffs Bay (Three Cliffs Bay).

   

Extract from Practical Motorhome July 2009
Article title: Gower Power

In three nights of bombing raids in 1941, hundreds of years of Swansea's history were reduced to burning ruble, Now portions of the reformed city of the 1950s compete with the medieval. In fact, Swansea has many surprises - it boasts the largest indoor market in Wales ans was the first c ity to have a passenger railway, a pupose built museum and a tidal barrage across a river. It's also the birth place of Catherine Zeta Jones and Dylan Thomas, Wales's most famous literary figure, who was born in 1914 and lived here until his 20s. You can discover various landmarks associated with his early life and writing throughout the city and its award-winning gardens.

The closest sites to Swansea are Riverside Caravan Park near the motorway or Gowerton Caravan Club site.. But after a long day we ventured further into the Gower Peninsula to Three Cliffs Bay Caravan Site, as we had heard it was in a stunning location. It certainly is, but the ground is far from level and booking is essential. The ever-changing views as the bay was slowly covered by the incoming tide made up for this, however.

At just 18 miles across and eight miles wide, the Gower Peninsula juts out into the Bristol Channel with nearly 400 miles of public right of way and 23 nature reserves. It's a breathtaking mix of spectacular, unspoilt scenery, with golden beaches fringed by dramatic cliffs, while the interior landscape is totally different, being either salt marsh or thickly wooded valleys.

Prehistoric burial chambers and ancient remains are dotted around, pointing to Gower's colonisation by the Celts and Romans. If you only visit one site within the Gower - one of the UK's Areas of Outstanding Nartural Beauty - it has to be Arthur's Stone. A Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500 BC. A 25-tonne lump of quartz is perched upon a set of small pointed supporting stones. Before 1693, the boulder was some ten tonnes larger; many theories exist as to how ir was cleanly broken.

You could walk from our site along the dunes to Oxwich Castle, re-built as a Tudor manor house in 1541 and incorporating relics from the 14th century stronghold: we did this on a wet and windy day. The next day, in brilliant sunshine, we rested on the beach and paddled in rock pools with few other people around.

Another view, and a stunning walk, can be found to the far west at Rhossili. Ghosts are said to race across the sands, under the midnight moon, and the area is awash with smugglers' tales. Pitton Cross Camping and Caravan Park offers a pitch near here, and even has its own stone circle. Rhossili Downs towers 632ft above a three-mile arc of golden sands - it is absolutely stunning. At low tide, golden sands reveal the remaining timbers of the 'Helvetia', pounded by Atlantic rollers.

Our final base, Gowerton Caravan Club site, was to the north. Driving sometimes along narrow lanes, we stopped off at Weobley Castle, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. The substantial remains are gathered around a courtyard but its pretty setting belies its war-like function; it too has been rebuilt as a fortified manor house. The glorious views out over Llanrhidian Marsh made us want to walk onto the tidal salt marsh among the lambs, but time was tight so we returned the next day. It's a walk not to be missed.

It was time to head home to the Midlands the following day with many happy memories.

   

 

Rhossili Bay Hillend Campsite



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The Gower peninsula, Britain's first designated area of outstanding natural beauty, extends 20km westwards from the city of Swansea.

The peninsula is an ageless delight, with its attractive landscape of cosy villages, farms, castle ruins and common land, bounded by 40km of awesome coastline and world renowned beaches.

Situated on the western edge of the peninsular, you will find the most breathtaking of all Gower's beaches, Rhossili Bay. From Worms Head in the south, to the tidal islet of Burry Holme to the north, the three mile sweep of golden sands is a constant reminder of the splendour of Gower.

It is here, at the foot of Rhossili Down, 200m from the beach, embraced by farm and moor land and an extensive sand dune system, that you will find Hillend.

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Rhossili Pitton Cross Campsite

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Pitton Cross Caravan and Camping is a family run touring park on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, and is approximately 16 miles from Swansea and being the only caravan and camping park near Rhossili and Worms Head.

Catering for touring caravans, tents and motor homes All pitches are on level ground, well spaced around the field edges, and sited through out 6 paddocks.
We have both 'family only' and 'dog free' areas and several hard standing for motor homes.

With many pitches offering extensive sea views, the park is set amid scenic coastline, rugged cliffs, (ideal for climbing) sandy bays & secluded coves (endless walking opportunities), together with excellent surfing beaches, kite flying, hang gliding and Parascending opportunities.


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Port Eynon Carreglwyd Campsite

 



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Carreglwyd is a busy, beach-side Park on the South Gower Coast, overlooking the picturesque village and Bay of Port Eynon. The
fifteen acre site is surrounded by steep cliffs to one side and magnificent coastline on the other, and accommodates caravans, motorhomes and tents of all sizes in five well-drained and
maintained fields.

The 300 pitches are non-marked or specified, enabling visitors to choose their own spot in relation to the facilities and the beach.
Two modern sanitary blocks serve the Park which comprise of toilets, showers, laundry and dish-washing areas. All daily needs are catered for at the on-site shop; groceries, camping accessories, hardware, beach goods and off-licence as well as gas bottles and appliances. Direct access to the beach makes this the perfect location for families, particularly those with young children


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Nicholaston Beynon's Nicholaston Campsite

 



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Just off the main Swansea to Port Eynon road on the Gower Peninsula, Nicholaston Farm & Caravan Site is situated in a gradually sloping meadow facing southwards and overlooking Tor Bay and the beautiful coastal regions stretching westwards in to the Bristol Channel.

The farm has Pick-Your-Own fruit, together with a farm shop restocking daily with fresh produce. The on-site facilities include toilets, showers, washrooms for both clothes and dishes, fridges and deep freezers and electricity hookups. Nicholaston Farm is a working family farm that has accommodated visitors from 1920.

There are three inns within easy reach of the site (one by a walk along the beach), all of which serve excellent bar and restaurant meals. Also nearby is the Gower Heritage Centre and Archery and other local attractions.


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Penmaen Three Cliffs Camping

 



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One of the major appeals of the park is the spectacular position with the panoramic views of Three Cliffs Bay.Named as the “Number one view from a campsite in the World”by The Independant in 2006. It is situated overlooking Three Cliffs Bay with a public footpath leading down to the beach. The public footpath will take about 10 minutes descending to enjoy the beautiful golden sands. There are also some 52 acres of cliff-land which is ideal to exercise dogs. We welcome families and couples, and enjoy a warm friendly atmosphere with many visitors returning year after year.

Beyond Three Cliffs Bay, you have Tor Bay and Crawley Woods, also, Oxwich Bay whose sandy beach is always popular with young families. Here too, there is Water Ski-ing, Sailing and Wind Surfing and for the nature enthusiast, a 540 acre National Nature reserve

 

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Three Cliffs walk
Penmaen to Three Cliffs and Tor Bay
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Nine pages of detailed information with 37 photographs and a series of maps that will give a step by step guide to one of the most scenic and variety filled walks on Gower that incorporates Marshes, Beaches and a Castle. Ten pages of detailed information with 48 photographs and a series of maps that will give a step by step guide to this dramatic walk that has excellent panoramic views over Three Cliffs Bay, Tor Bay and Oxwich Nine pages of detailed information with 48 photographs and a series of maps that will give a step by step guide to this dramatic walk that has excellent panoramic views over Mewslade, Fall Bay, Worms Head and Rhossili Bay.
 
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