Hael Farm cottages based in the Gower Peninsula in South Wales was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956. It was the first place to be assigned this title in the UK. It is also designated a Landscape of Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales, and the Gower Heritage Coast was designated in 1975. It may only be 16 miles long and 7 miles wide but the Gower has a rich diversity of landscapes, fauna and flora, archaeological sites, and historical features through the ages ranging from castles to churches and from agricultural to industrial relics which chronicle Man’s occupation of the Gower Peninsula from Stone Age to present day.
Picture the variety of landscapes from the north coast along the Loughor Estuary where horses standing in the shallows at high tide appear to be walking on water, to the South of the Peninsula characterised by sandy beaches punctuated by tall craggy cliffs rising out of the sea, small coves teeming with sea life, and streams meandering along picturesque valleys before eventually emptying into the sea.
It is not surprising therefore that the Gower Peninsula is a very popular holiday destination and attracts a large number of visitors every year. They come from all over the UK and the world not only to experience the cultural and historical heritage but also for beach and walking holidays or the fabulous water sports.
The Gower Peninsular may be compact, but there is something for everyone and plenty of attractions and activities for you to see during your stay. No wonder it is referred to as Wales’ “hidden gem”