From the southern side of the headland there are magnificent views of
the South Gower coast to Port Eynon Point, with cove after cove receding
into the distance, battered by rolling waves. Below is Fall Bay, with
its raised beach of conglomerate shells. Beyond it is secluded Mewslade
Bay, dominated by the white limestone pinnacle of Thurba Head, which
is crowned by the remains of an Iron Age hill fort.
The Head © Chris Gill Jones
Rhossili Bay, the largest expanse of white sand on
Gower, stretches for three miles to the islet of Burry Holms and is
regarded as one of Europe’s great beaches. It is broken only by
the skeletal remains of wrecked ships, most notably Gower’s best
known wreck, the Norwegian barque Helvetia, which was driven onto the
beach in a gale in 1887.
The bay was carved out by the Atlantic Ocean from the imposing Rhossili
Down, whose green bulk looms over the whole vast arc of sand. The sandstone
Down, at 633 feet the highest point of Gower, is a favourite launching
point for hang-gliders. On a clear day there are fine views of Lundy
Island, and on a clear evening there are breathtaking sunsets.
Helvetia © Neil Collier Photography