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Rhossili Circular Walk: Rhossili Bay & Headland

Rhossili Headland Walk, Wales

Back in 2018, Britain’s 100 favourite walks were featured in a 2-hour ITV special called Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100. And, given the spectacular scenery on Wales’ Gower Peninsula, it’s no surprise that Rhossili Bay came in as Britain’s 28th favourite walk!

Rhossili Bay is one of Wales’ most iconic beaches, boasting a huge expanse of golden sand, surrounded by colourful heathland, grazing sheep and semi-wild ponies.

This Rhossili circular walk will take you up to the highest point on the Gower and through the Rhossili Down, showcasing fabulous views across the entire peninsula, before descending onto Rhossili Bay.

Rhossili Circular Walk logistics and map

Start: Rhossili.

Finish: Rhossili.

How to get there: Rhossili is a 45-minute drive from Swansea, and there are also buses across the Gower that go to Rhossili.

Distance: 4.2 miles.

Time: 2-3 hours.

Difficulty: Moderate; a steep ascent up to Rhossili Down at the beginning of the walk, and a steep descent down to Hillend Campsite.

Rhossili Circular Walk route details

1) Start from Rhossili village. If you’re coming by bus, the bus stop is a great place to start. If you’re arriving by car, you can park at the National Trust car park in the centre of the village, or at St Mary’s Church. Just past the church is a signpost pointing the way to the Coast Path. You’ll want to follow this until you reach the gate marked with a National Trust sign for Rhossili Down.

2) Follow the path up the hill. It’s quite steep but the views across Rhossili village and the bay are spectacular.

Views over Rhossili Bay, Wales
Views over Rhossili Bay

3) Once you’ve reached the top of the hill, you’ll spot The Beacon, which marks the highest point on the Gower Peninsula. It’s also the site of a Bronze-Age cairn built roughly 4000 years ago.

4) The path will take you along the ridge over the top of Rhossili Down. If you’re lucky you might spot some native Welsh Mountain Ponies grazing, as well as plenty of sheep. The hillside all around you will be covered in purple/pink heather from summer to early autumn.

Rhossili Headland Walk, Wales
Sheep on Rhossili Down
Welsh Mountain Ponies on Rhossili Down, Wales
Welsh Mountain Ponies on Rhossili Down

5) Halfway along Rhossili Down, you’ll see the remains of a WWII radar station on the right side of the trail. This radar station was built to warn of threats to Swansea from German bomber planes.

6) The path will begin to steeply descend into Hillend Campsite. You’ll need to walk through the campsite towards the beach, passing by Eddie’s Cafe. This would be a great place to stop for a cup of tea if you fancied it.

7) Once you reach the beach, turn left to head back towards Rhossili. Rhossili Beach is one of Wales’ most iconic beaches; it’s a huge expanse of golden sand so why not take off your shoes and enjoy the sand beneath your feet as you walk?

Rhossili Beach, Wales
Rhossili Beach

8) As you near Rhossili village, look out for the remains of the Helvetia, which was shipwrecked on the beach in 1887 while carrying wood. Once you have passed the Helvetia, look out for steps on your left, as they’ll take you back up to Rhossili village. The steps are steep but you’ll have more great views across the beach as you climb.

9) Once at the top of the steps, you’ll be back in Rhossili village and will have completed your Rhossili circular walk! There are a number of pubs and cafes to choose from, so why not treat yourself to a nice lunch?

Looking for more Gower walks? Try this Port Eynon to Rhossili Coastal Walk.


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