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Whiteford Sands from Llanmadoc

Gower Peninsula Walk

Region - Gower Peninsula

County/Area - Swansea

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.1 miles / 8.3 km    Ascent - 250 feet / 76 metres

Time - 2 hours 50 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Whiteford Sands from Llanmadoc
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The Gower Peninsula has much scenic interest both along the coast and inland. This walk explores the sand spit jutting out into the Loughor Estuary and provides some excellent walking with views inland and along the coast. The start is the carpark on the north side of Llanmadoc Village (grid ref. SS439935).

Exit the car park and turn right and follow the lane to the hamlet of Cwm Ivy. Continue ahead through a gate and follow the tarmac lane downhill through trees to a junction (grid ref. SS437939). Bear right here and join the Wales Coast Path. You soon pass a cottage on your left and pass through woodland before emerging into open country with mudflats and salt marsh to your right beyond which lies the River Loughor. The well-defined track heads north. After a mile (grid ref. SS447952) you leave the track just after it bends to the left and continue on a narrower path still with the estuary on your right.

Reaching Whiteford Point (grid ref. SS447966) the Wales Coast Path turns south along the seaward side of the spit with sand dunes to your left and the sea to your right. Depending on tides you do have the option of walking along the broad expanse of Whiteford Sands. After just under two miles you reach the foot of Cwm Ivy Tor with its Limestone Crags and a path junction (grid ref. SS433940). Turn left here and join a clear track heading east to Cwm Ivy. You soon re-join your outward route and pass the cottages at Cwm Ivy. All that remains is to follow the lane gently uphill back to the start.

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