Landscape group at the Gower - trip report

10 June 2016

SIG: Landscape

Image (c) Peter R Douglas-Jones ARPS

It was very helpful that Paul and Shirley Graber came to Gower. Paul is our events organiser. We had made plans for the weekend, but chiefly we made it up as we went along, taking soundings and doing what members wanted. We are particularly pleased that we found a parallel programme for two who could not walk far. They were good company and I hope they would say that getting out of puff was a price worth paying. (We had a fall-back plan for rain.)

Gower lacks outright grandeur. It is, instead, a diverse and intimate peninsula with a run of dramatic limestone cliffs to the south. There are beaches, inland commons, woodland, an extensive estuary cum salt marsh, Norman castles and churches, and two lighthouses.

The conditions on Saturday 4th were dry but bland with a high overcast and hazy air. Rhosili and Mewslade in the morning provided our divided group with opportunities for small scale landscape – but not the big vista. After a pub lunch we went to Three Cliffs Bay, where the light disappointed us. In the evening we ate together.

Sunday promised sunshine, which we had in full measure. The haze continued to be a blight. With friends of mine (LRPS and FRPS) as local scouts, we had a morning catering fully for different levels of mobility. Burry Holm, Spaniard Rocks and Broughton Bay satisfied the larger group. The less active party saw Cheriton Church, Weobley Castle and the salt marsh at Landimore. We lunched again at the King Arthur and then went to Arthur’s Stone (a cromlech with commanding views of the estuary) followed by Oxwich Bay and marsh.

If it all sounds tiring, that is probably what it was.

Now we are asking those who came to contribute suggestions for improvements.

Peter R Douglas-Jones ARPS

A gallery of images from this trip can be viewed at http://rps.org/technical/gallery?a={154F2A53-8AD6-4107-BC92-EC41764A9483}