Do you ever dream of adventure but worry that it’s not possible with kids in tow? Or maybe you’re desperate to show the kids some adventure but don’t want to jump on a plane in search of it.  With award winning sandy beaches and beautiful unspoilt countryside, coupled with the adventure of smugglers coves and shipwrecks, the Gower Peninsula in South Wales is a perfect choice for a family holiday full of adventure.

I first visited Gower aged 10 on a school trip. A group of 30 inner London school kids exposed to the fresh air, beauty and adventure. With Mr Redmond (our slightly grumpy but super adventurous teacher) we walked for miles, explored caves, clambered over cliffs to discover smugglers hideouts, and ran free on the vast beaches.

Those fond memories stuck with me and so when I was 8 months pregnant with Baby DaisLikeThese, and didn’t want to travel too far for our summer holiday, we decided on a ‘staycation’ to Gower with our two boys and the dog. I could finally pass on and relive the fun and excitement through the boy’s eyes.

So, here are our top 5 family adventures on the Gower Peninsula

Discover a real shipwreck at Rhossili Bay

At Rhossili Bay you will not only find one of the UK’s top rated beaches, with over three miles of beautiful wide sandy beach framed by lush green hills, if you are patient with the tide you will also discover a real life shipwreck! The last remains of the wooden hull of the Helvetia, which wrecked in 1887, rise up out of the sand at low tide.

We parked at the National Trust car park and made the long walk down the footpath onto the beach – not massively easy when 8months pregnant (and even harder to get back!). But it was worth it, the beach was massive and we had plenty of space to play and explore.

On our first visit we had to leave before the the tide went far enough out but we vowed to return the next day at low tide. And we weren’t disappointed! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as lovely the following day, but we wrapped up and it didn’t detract from the excitement and anticipation of the boys, which was a pleasure to watch.

Clamber over the causeway at low tide to Worms Head

Rhossili doesn’t only have a shipwreck, it also has an adventure island!

Only accessible at low tide is Worms Head, which you can get to over a causeway. So check the tide times at the coast guards office (we checked the day before which was helpful for planning) and head off on an adventure to discover sea birds and a natural blowhole.

Being 8 months pregnant, this was a bit too adventurous for me, but Mr DaisLikeThese and the boys set off for a boys morning out and from the look of the pictures, they had fun!

Scramble down the cliff side at low tide to discover a smugglers hideout at Culver Hole

One of my lasting memories from my trip as a 10year old girl all those years ago was of our visit to Culver Hole. Back then it was sold to us as a smugglers hideout and we were encourage to imagine and write about what life would have been like as a smuggler. I vividly remember a procession of us 30 kids a scrambling down a steep cliff path until we found Culver Hole!

For our adventure, we parked at Port Eynon and headed off on the footpath behind the Youth Hostel. It took a bit of finding (using our map, Google maps on my phone, and asking the local life guards!) but when we finally got there, it was so exciting!

The last climb down the rocks was too steep for me and my bump so I waited back a bit with the dog while the boys headed down. It was a true adventure, which hopefully the boys enjoyed as much as I did!

Adventure over the sand dunes to Three Cliffs Bay

The beauty of the beaches in the Gower is that they are not over developed. There are very few beaches with shops, cafes and ice cream vans, meaning they retain their natural beauty. None more so than at Three Cliffs Bay.

The lack of facilities does mean that parking and access to the beach are limited, but this becomes part of the adventure!

We visited on two different days and found parking spots near to the main road (the A4118) and made our way through country lanes and eventually sand dunes. There is also parking available at the Gower Heritage Centre.

The beach is truly a sight to behold and totally worth the walk!

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The view on our walk down to the bay – this is not a postcard!!

Not only were there masses of beach to enjoy, there was also the the Pennard Pill stream making its way to the sea (which the boys enjoyed wading across, jumping over the stepping stones, and attempting to build dam), Pennard Castle over looking the bay, and rockpools and caves to discover.

Search for caves and go rock pooling

When we’re at the beach my boys love nothing more than taking their nets and clambering over the rocks to hunt for crabs and other creatures or searching out caves. The beaches of the Gower are perfect for both. We were spoilt for choice really but our two favourite spots had to be Mewslade Bay and Port Eynon.

Mewslade Bay is lovely secluded little beach. We enjoyed a nice walk down through the hills until we were literally climbing down rocks! It was quite a windy day so we had the bay to ourselves which was fabulous.

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At Port Eynon, when the tide goes out there is a vast section of the beach that is covered with seaweed strewn rocks that have an abundance of pools to explore. The boys went from pool to pool, excitement at every one.

We certainly had some amazing adventures on The Gower Peninsula and I was so pleased to be able to share it with the boys after all those years!

This post is an entry in to the Trips100/Family Adventure Company blogger challenge.

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37 thoughts on “5 Family Adventures on the Gower Peninsula

  1. My husband also grew up near to the Gower and for some reason it’s a place we have never been to visit. He always says how beautiful it is, and looks as if you had a great few days exploring the beaches x

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  2. Can you believe this is the first time I hear about this peninsula (shame on me, I know)? Have to say it is a neat place full of natural beauty and interesting sites. Now, I have a new place to add to my bucket list! #MondayEscapes

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  3. I remember you telling me about this! I love the pirate cove and seeing your greyhound and all the family having fab adventures. This is going on the list, not that much of Wales I haven’t explored at least a bit of, but this remains untouched! It totally looks like a postcard too – lovely lovely pics!

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    1. Definitely pop it on your list – it is great.
      Yep, Buddy had fun clambering over rocks with us!! The beaches all seemed to have dog friendly stretches too which was great, although he wasn’t allowed off lead to run that week because he had fresh stitches – we need to take him back to let him go wild!
      Thanks so much for reading. x

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  4. What a great collection of recommendations. We love days by the coast and I’m particular excited to read about these ones as we are heading to this area of Wales in just over a week. I hope we get to see some of these lovely places. Good luck in the competition! #MondayEscapes

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  5. This is probably the most diverse family holiday spot I’ve come across; sand-dunes, cliffs, caves, beach, it seems to have it all and you’re right that it can cover almost all ages and even bring about the adventurous side in kids. I think the fact that you mention that they aren’t yet fully developed with only a few shops is so great. Over commercialisation is really killing it these days and it’s nice to see places that put nature first. Thanks

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  6. Such a beautiful post and a booster for people like me who has not gone on a single adventure since I had a kid. But this one , my kid would definitely love. I wish there was something like this available in my hometown

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    1. Oh, travelling with kids is so daunting, isn’t it? but my last trip I did two flights on my own with all three children. If I can survive, anyone can!!
      I hope you manage to get on an adventure soon.
      Thanks for reading. x

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  7. What a neat place, would like to check this out, it reminds me a Duluth at home, with the beaches and caves and crevices all kinds of fun things to discover. I bet your children really enjoyed the adventure plus it gives your a change of scenery to get away.

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  8. The views are so beautiful! They all sound like fun activities for kids and adults alike! I don’t have children yet, but it’s interesting to know that there are options to travel and discover the world (be it close or far) with them! 🙂

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      1. I love this, the world is your oyster! I may actually be looking forward to traveling with kids.. haha 🙂

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  9. What a fantastic staycation. My parents are from the UK and often used to regale me with memories of their trips to Wales. I did a few day trips myself when I was last in the UK. Being from New South Wales (Australia) it only seem right that I should visit the area my great state was named after 😀

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