The Gower Peninsular

“In July the sun is hot

 Is it shining? 

 No it’s not!” 

This was certainly the case when we arrived at Gower, a west facing a peninsular fifteen miles long and seven miles wide stretching out into Swansea Bay in South Wales.  We were en route to Ireland and due to catch the Pembroke – Rosslare ferry later that week.

We arrived at Llangenith in the rain; not pouring rain but a damp mist that managed to get you soaked, even if you were out in it for just a few minutes.  We couldn’t see the beautiful green hills, the huge sand dunes nor the wide sandy beach, a favourite with surfers.   Finally the weather cleared long enough for us to take a walk along the wide beach to admire the surfers who appeared undeterred by the wet weather.  There was a bistro / cafe on the campsite where we hoped to get something to eat but they were closing early (4 pm) due to the poor weather.  We wondered whether it had occurred to them that inclement weather would bring the restaurant more customers needing shelter from the rain and something warm to eat.  There were plenty of people about.

The following day brought beautiful sunshine and we had a long walk along beach and the coastal path towards Rhossili.  We then cycled to the nearest village for a pub lunch accompanied by a pint of their local beer, Gower Gold (recommended).