Take a break on the Gower Peninsula
If you are looking to spend some time in a place of outstanding natural beauty, you can't go wrong by picking the Gower Peninsula in southern Wales. And don't just take my word for it, as in 1956, the Gower peninsula did literally receive the title of "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty." And beautiful it is indeed.
For accommodation, there
are several options in the area. You can stay at a quaint and traditional
local bed & breakfast, or a small hotel. However, if you prefer
to be a little more independent, you can choose from some lovely cottage
rentals on offer in the area. You have a choice of quiet romantic
country retreats with country or sea views, or if you prefer, family cottages
and apartments are available in busy city waterfront areas.
The area is not all about
sandy beaches, however, and offers some wonderful walking away from the
water. You can scale the heights to the highest point of Gower Peninsula
at the Beacon at Rhossili Down, which overlooks Rhossili Bay.
Stroll and enjoy Pwll Du and the Bishopton Valley, which together form
a statutory Local Nature Reserve of immense beauty in the area.
Castles and Monuments in the area
For those enjoying the historic aspect, there are several castles on offer in the area. You will have a feast on offer when visiting Bovehill Castle, Oystermouth Castle, Oxwich Castle, Pennard Castle, Penrice Castle and Weobly Castle.
Fame in the media
The area also has some fame in the UK media, with the village of Mumbles being the set for a six-part drama Ennals Point featuring Welsh actor Philip Madoc. This series first aired in January 1982 and featured a local lifeboat crew.
A film was made by Gee Vaucher and musician Huw Warren, called "Gower Boy", which was described as a "gentle, contemplative exploration of the Gower Peninsula in Wales". The film debuted at the 14th Raindance Film Festival in October 2006.
Doctor Who fans will be interested to note that the village of Rhossili appeared as a location in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "New Earth". In that episode, apparently Worm's Head could clearly be seen.
All in all, Gower is an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" with much interest to suit everyone's tastes.
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