Last Christmas I bought Husband Ashley's Walks, detailing walks around Gower; this morning we finally got round to trying one.
According to the book it was 4.3 miles but allowing for our, um, 'detours' we must have covered 4.5 if not 5 miles! It's a good job Husband can navigate by the sun otherwise we'd still be going round in circles. On the whole though it was easy to follow the route until the promised signposts didn't materialise.
Starting and finishing in the Southgate car park the route took us east towards Pwlldu Head, the highest headland in Gower. The photo bottom left is looking back across the sea at the length of Oxwich Bay; top photo is looking down onto Pwlldu.
It was a gorgeous morning for a walk, especially a guided one that informs. If you look carefully just to the left of the centre of this photo you'll see a circle of stones.
In 1760 the Caesar was shipwrecked off Pwlldu Head. The crew saved themselves but ignored the 62 men and 3 women, who'd been press-ganged and were shackled below decks. When the locals went the next day to salvage what they could they were horrified to find the rocks strewn with bodies. The villagers buried them in a common grave marked by the stones.
What makes it worse that at an inquiry into the wreck nobody mentioned the lost men and women and nobody was punished.
There've been numerous shipwrecks off Gower and Gower folk have never been slow to take advantage of the bounty but that day they must have regretted their enthusiasm.
On a brighter note, I felt I deserved an ice cream at the end of the hike. And now I'm off to sit in the hairdressers' for 3 hours. Shall I take a good book or use the time to catch up on the celebrity gossip mags they usually have there?