Our recent Gower holiday was made all the more memorable with our days spent close to nature.
Before the hours of daylight got too short and the days a little too chilly to sit for hours, by the crashing waves, watching the end of a fishing rod we planned a short holiday for a few days of fishing on the Gower peninsula.
We started each day of adventure and exploration before the sun rose above the horizon and meandered back late each evening. Every day memorable in its own way and each with new discoveries about Gower.
We had fished off breathtaking Rhossili Bay beach before and know you can reach the small headland at Burry Holms and some great, quiet fishing spots but only at low tide. High tide was 7.30am that day so to get over to the headland and back safely before then meant an early start…
The 5am alarm was certainly a memorable part of our holiday; jolting us out of a deep sleep in this peaceful place on Gower. We thought about snoozing but knew that getting up in time to see the sunrise over Rhossili Bay would be more memorable than a lazy morning.
We were far from disappointed; even stepping out of the cottage in the lane, where few street lights pollute the sky, the stars were bright in the still black and clear sky.
After a walk through the dunes in the twilight we were rewarded with a truly beautiful and memorable sunrise over the Gower coast and along deserted Rhossili Bay.
As we sat, mesmerised, on the rocky outcrop at Burry Holms we both gasped as we spotted an otter peak out from the rocks below then sprint across the sand. The returning tide was just starting to wash our foot prints away on the beach where the otter dived into the waves lapping on the sand. We were both so excited to be so close to nature and to share such a memorable experience.
Finally with bait in the water we were joined by other natives and were close to nature again when a couple of seals popped their heads above the waves just in front of us. The seals were certainly more interested in our fishing rods and bait than any fish and for the next few hours followed us to each new fishing mark.
The morning was one of the most beautiful and memorable on our Gower holiday even despite the lack of fish.
We explored the paths to Worms Head in the afternoon. A crisp clear day meant the view from the coast walk of Rhossili Bay beach towards Burry Holms was spectacular and certainly will be memorable.
Another twilight walk along the long winding path from Rhossili village to the National coast watch hut, looking out to the causeway to Worms Head, we explored the various beautiful bays along this stunning part of the Gower coast.
Each day different paths, different rocky outcrops, different vistas, always a wonderful sunrise. Each day also the same attention from the seals which equally amused and frustrated but made each day unique and overall a very memorable holiday on The Gower peninsula.
We gave up fishing and instead enjoyed a few pints of locally brewed Gower Gold ale, delicious and dangerously quaffable. In the pub we got a few handy tips for fishing spots and bait from the locals that Adam put in his memory banks for next time.
Yet again Gower amazed us; a small corner of Wales where the stunning coastline helped us to experience a very memorable Gower holiday and enjoy, as we always do, being close to nature.