After a night of torrential rain, the Gowerton site resembled a lake, and we were vindicated in choosing an all-weather pitch. As the water slowly disappeared the birds had a field day. Almost everywhere you looked there were birds scouring the grass and flying back to their nests with mouthfuls of worms and grubs. The forecast although not good but with a suggestion of bright periods forecast for the afternoon we decided on trip to Oxwich Bay Nature reserve.
Oxwich bay provides a variety of habitat, enormous sandy beach, Sand Dunes Marshes, and Woodland hillside. From the Car park (£4 for the day) we strolled along the beach under an overcast sky towards the point where the marsh runs into the sea. Crossing the stream, we ascended the wooded slop and walked under a canopy of green to the sound of birds and little else. The little woods walk is a circular walk which under normal circumstances is classed a moderate. On this occasion due to the heavy overnight rain 2 trees had fallen across the path which involved a bit of climbing to avoid a long walk back (My wife’s choice of words was shocking). After 2.5 miles we crossed back over the stream to the marsh and continue our walk around the dune. A haven for wildlife the wild orchids from May to June are abundant. Birds such as ducks, water rails, little grebes and moorhens are abundant, together with butterfly’s and insects.
The sun had returned again and the sky had cleared (so much for the forecast and it made for a hot walk through the loose shifting sand.. So we stopped periodically to sit and listen to the quiet songs of the birds and muted sound of the sea before finally arriving back at the Car Park.
Opposite the car park the Oxwich Cafe provided a well-earned ice cream and drink to end our Day.
Locally as well as the beach and nature reserve, you can visit Oxwich castle towering above the wide sweep of Oxwich Bay, although it once may have been a 14th century castle It is really a magnificent Tudor manor house which can be visited on a family ticket £12
The Oxwich Bay Hotel is a popular venue for weddings, and the garden menu provides a varied lunch time break at reasonable prices. For something a little more upmarket the Beach House Restaurant offer a fine dining experience with a 3-course lunch menu for £30 per head.
There is much more to see and do on the Gower peninsula, when the weather is good there is no finer place for the beach lover in the UK. A great mix of Beaches, sand dunes, walks, and the wonders of nature it certainly can be called Glorious Gower even in the rain.