A bit of a miserable start to the day but the weather forecast says it will brighten up later in the day on the Gower Beaches. Gower has some of the most beautiful coves and beaches in the UK, and notably Rhossili was recently voted the 3rd best beach in Europe and 10th in the world. My pal Clive Jenkins has taken some brilliant black and white photos of the beaches and features around the Gower, which you can see at www.clivejenkins.com . Clive was born and bred on the Gower and really understands the most effective way to portray the beautiful Gower. He has turned his hobby into a business and I’m sure he would be pleased to help you if you would like a momento of your time in the Gower, or simply a great photo of a great view. Just tell him Jon sent you and I’m sure you’ll enjoy a good discount.
There are lots of beaches to choose from, ranging from long sandy ones with acres of space to small coves with interesting rock pools teeming with sea creatures, particularly just as the tide recedes. Some Gower Beaches have strong tides and currents, so be careful to check weather and tidal conditions before going out too far into the sea. Gower Beaches have great histories, some of which are famous and some infamous. Brandy Cove is a secluded spot with stunning scenery, so named for obvious reasons. Pwlldu Bay is accessed from Bishopston Valley, and as Heather Holt’s excellent history “Pwlldu Remembered” recounts was an important landing point for legitimate and contraband trade. Hael Farm and Hael Farm Cottage at the head of one of the footpaths leading down to Pwlldu was one of the stashes for the illegal goods imported at the dead of night. More Gower Beaches next time.