With the Gower Peninsula designated the UK’s first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and the Pembrokeshire Coast being the only national park recognised primarily for its coastline, you are guaranteed spectacular seascapes on this leisurely walking holiday – everything from pristine beaches, secluded bays, rugged cliffs and picturesque harbours, combined with a great variety of flora and fauna. Our first walk takes you along winding cliff top paths of the Gower, as our experienced guides lead the way from Southgate to Mumbles. Our second encompasses the beautiful Stackpole Estate, and takes you a little further inland to see the beautiful lily ponds of Bosherston. A steady pace and plenty of time to admire the scenery, makes this a relaxing and enjoyable Easter holiday.
Day 1: Cardiff
Your holiday begins when you board our private coach in the early morning and travel to Cardiff, making appropriate stops en route. Cardiff’s history dates back to Roman times and there are a number of castles and historic sites. The ‘big 3’ attractions are Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium and the National Museum all close to each other in the city centre. There are many other attractions as well as a generous helping of shops – Queen Street is the main shopping area and there is also St David’s Shopping Centre and the Victorian Arcades, along with plenty of places for you to relax and enjoy some food and drink. After some free time we continue to our hotel for your included evening meal.
Day 2: The Gower Peninsular guided walk
After your included breakfast we set off aboard our coach to meet our guides for today’s walk, which takes us along the coast from Southgate to Mumbles. It follows the winding cliff top path to Caswell Bay, taking in Pwlldu Bay and Brandy Cove on route. We stop for lunch (not included) at Caswell Bay and then continue along the coastal path to Langland Bay, Rotherslade Bay, Limeslade (where Catherine Zeta Jones has built a house), Bracelet Bay and into Mumbles, where there are several interesting shops, cafes and the famous ‘Joes' ice cream parlour. After some free time in Mumbles our coach takes us back to our hotel for a relaxing evening with dinner included. Today’s walk is approximately 7 miles long, with some steep and possibly muddy sections.
Day 3: Pembrokeshire coast guided walk
After your included breakfast our coach takes us to the National Trust car park, on the headland above Broad Haven South, to meet our guides. We cross the beach and continue on to Barafundle Bay which is a jewel of a beach, set between limestone cliffs and backed by dunes and woods. We continue to Stackpole Quay, a beautiful 18th century harbour where the ‘Boathouse Tea Room’ is a great place to stop for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we walk to Stackpole Estate to admire the Bosherston lily ponds, which were formed in the 19th century and now make up part of the nature reserve. The flowers here are beautiful and many species of wildlife can sometimes be seen including otters, water birds, bats and dragon flies. Our walk takes us back to the car park where we meet our coach and return to our hotel for your included evening meal. Today’s walk is approximately 6 miles long, with easy going terrain and some climbs over the headlands.
Day 4: Waterfalls Country of the Brecon Beacons
After your included breakfast we check out of our hotel and travel to the Waterfalls Centre in the village of Pontneddfechan. From here you can follow a straightforward, easy walk of 1 ½ miles each way along the Elidir trail to Sgwd Gwladus – the Lady Falls. The entrance to a fairy kingdom is reputed to be along here somewhere! Later on we set off on the return journey, arriving back in our local area in the mid to late evening.
Included in the price
Private coach travel from your local area
Three nights’ stay with three course evening meal & cooked breakfast
Full day walk on the Gower Peninsula from Southgate to Mumbles
Full day walk around the Stackpole Estate on the Pembrokeshire Coast
Visit to Cardiff
Visit Lady Falls in the Brecon Beacons National Park
Mercure Swansea Hotel
Dinner, Bed & Full Cooked Breakfast
Single room Price: £45.00 per person