The Gower Peninsula, South Wales

File0003The Gower Peninsula (Welsh: Gŵyr) is one of the UK’s major tourist attractions and is the best-known district in Wales after Snowdonia. It was the first area in the British Isles to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Not surprisingly, such an enclosed peninsula surrounded by the Bristol Sea and Atlantic Ocean, has become a haven for some of the richest wildlife and varied habitats in the UK.

Scattering the landscape are historic reminders of past ‘Gowerians’, from castles, medieval churches, iron age fortifications, and prehistoric standing stones.

All this against an awe-inspiring natural backdrop of hills, valleys, beaches, clifftops, commons, woodland, dunes, marshes and caves.

43bfec79With its vast populated history, stretching back as far as Lower Paleolithic times (250,000 BC), long-established stories, whether they be folklore, legend or fact, are plentiful and furnish the rich and delightful tapestry of Gower.

At Paviland Cave on south Gower, a human skeleton (named the Red Lady of Paviland, though he is actually a male) was discovered by Victorian archaeologists, and has since been dated to an age of about 25,000 years

About seventy square miles in area, Gower is known for its magnificent coastline, popular with walkers. The southern coast of the peninsula consists of a series of small rocky or sandy bays: Langland, Caswell, Three Cliffs, etc.