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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Rhossili Down




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Rhossili Village

Walk Distance: 2-7 miles (1-4 hours)

Walk Level: Easy/Moderate (Strenuous if ascending Rhossili Down)

Parking: Rhossili Car Park (Charge)

Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info   - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33




Walk Description



From the car park follow the path out to the headland to have a view over Worms Head then return to the village (2 miles).
Follow the road to the bus stop and turn left to use the path behind the church.
Turn left and follow the track to the second NT gate in front of a small stone building at the base of the Rhossili Down.
Here make the steep ascent to the as yet unseen trig point on top of the Down

(OR turn left to follow the easier low level path to Hillend Caravan Park entrance via the NT vicarage).

There will be a good view of the Worm from the trig.
On a good day you can see Exmoor, Lundy, Brecon Beacons and the Preseli Hills.
If the weather is changeable be sure to have suitable clothing and that you can navigate in poor conditions.
After the trig, continue on the broad path along the ridge way, choosing either to descend to the WWII radar station
or keep to the top until both paths rejoin before descending to Hillend caravan park entrance.
This descent is steep and after wet weather is slippery.

At the entrance to Hillend Caravan Park you can either:
Return along NT vicarage path at the base of the Rhossili Down
or
Follow the caravan road down to the beach.
Turn left on the beach to return to Rhossili via the steps near the end of the beach.


Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide these routes but accept no responsibility for those walking them.

If you would like to go on a walk but would prefer to do so with a group of people then click on our Programme section to see what walks we are leading.

We have walks for varying levels of ability and you get the chance to see the countryside in places you might never go by yourself!






Maps of the Walk






Ordnance Survey map of the route to walk
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information






The optional low level path via the vicarage to Hillend







This aerial map is resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)

A 25,000 Ordnance Survey map of the area
can be viewed by clicking on the above 'View Larger Map' option
(applies only if the above is a Bing map, not a Google map )



Peoples Collection link

The route of this walk has been added to The National Museum of Wales' Peoples Collection Web site.
A choice of aerial imagery or historic Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click the map to enter their web site (opens in a new browser window)
or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/trail/718




Photographs of the Walk


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Walk one mile to view the Worms Head then return to this point to complete a 2 mile walk


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Broad path out to Worm


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Easy walking out to the headland


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After viewing the Worm, retrace steps back to car park


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Almost a mile back


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Pick up the track again


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Rhossili Village up ahead


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Views over Rhossili Bay to Hillend and Burry Holms


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Leave car park and head into village


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At the bus stop go to the back of the church


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Follow the church path


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Turn left down another track


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Ignore this NT gate that descends straight to the beach


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Go through the next (kissing) gate


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Either take the low path past the vicarage or ascend Rhossili Down


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The optional low route:
The low path can be used to go to hillend or later come back the same way
The beach can also be used to return



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The optional low route:
The low path still has fine views



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The high path:
Ascend Rhossili Down by the side of that small stone building



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The Gower Way follows part of our route


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Good views from here


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Follow the broad track to the trig point


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Trig is on a burial chamber


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Follow the ridge


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Use either the broad path down to the WWII radar site or the top path


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People on the WWII path


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Paths rejoin


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Begin descent towards Hillend Caravan Park


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Descending


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Starts to get steeper


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Steep (and slippery in the wet)
Either turn left along the vicarage path or go into the caravan park and down to the beach



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Follow the road through the caravan park


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The beach access is at the back of the car park. Watch for traffic


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Turn left on the beach towards Rhossili


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Steps will come into view


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Follow the path up to the village


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The path will turn right to ascend the cliff and emerge at the car park




More information about walking in Wales is available at:    www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide this route but accept no responsibility for those walking it

All photographs Copyright 2012 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved




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