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The Beaches, Cliffs and Castles of Gower Peninsula coast WEEKEND

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Price: £112.00 /per person

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Summer time and how about a more relaxing weekend with a couple of 8-10 mile coastal walks, staying on a sandy beach. Well, I say on, but there are sand dunes that separate our hostel from it, so it is about 90 seconds walk over them. Did I mention that we're staying on the tip of the stunning Gower peninsula that juts out into the sea with great hiking out of the hostel door. We have some superb and dramatic coastal hikes planned for both days. Let's add one of Britain’s cleanest sandy beaches with fresh Atlantic water and perhaps a ruined castle on the coast. If we get sun, this could be the perfect coastal weekend break but that's something I can't guarantee!

As well as having secured exclusive use of what may be the best located hostel in the UK, it's also only 31 beds so a smaller trip size and with a maximum of 4 people per room.

Come and join us for our legendary Gower peninsula trip - this trip is fully catered as well.

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Video - This third party video shows many of the places we'll see: http://youtu.be/LgprfQiZcGk

Photos - please note: With the exception of the hostel photo, all photos were taken by the hike leader from previous trips, so are of the views that you'll see on the actual hikes that we do

Weekend Description

The Gower Peninsula in South Wales was the first area in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and it’s easy to see why the concept was created for this area. Gower has attracted people for a long time and was where the worlds first human fossil was found (carbon dated back to 33,000 years ago)

We'll have a couple of picturesque and stunning coastal hikes on both Saturday and Sunday. Each hike has a varied landscape from dramatic and rugged cliffs, to long and dreamy sandy beaches with plenty of wildlife to be found and we’ll even explore the ruins of a Castle perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. As well as some of the best, Gower Peninsula has also won awards for having some of the cleanest beaches in Britain.

After our hike on Saturday we'll return to the hostel for an "everyone helps out" barbecue before having a relaxing evening to enjoy our idyllic beach setting.

On previous trips people have made beach bonfires, gone swimming in the sea, played beach games or even gone for evening hikes from the hostel. If you fancy something less strenuous then enjoy a drink and chat or just read a book as the sun sets over the waves. You have some tough decisions to make on Saturday evening!

ITINERARY

Friday 6th June
Head over to our exclusively booked hostel cottage on the tip of the Gower peninsula, with only sand dunes separating us from the beach.
Saturday 25th May
Saturday's hike: Port Eynon to Rhossili via Hillend (2 length options)
Distance: 9 or 13 miles (14 or 21km) two versions of this hike are available
Rating: Medium/tough, some hills, a good level of fitness required.
Ascent: 490m (for 9 mile version)
Most of this linear coastal hike will be walking along the cliffs and in places beaches of the peninsula and we’ll finish up with a ridge walk with some far reaching views both to the sea and inland. We'll pass the tidal island of Worms Head and will take in Rhossili Down too (at 196m this is the highest point on the Gower)
After the hike we’ll head back to the hostel to have a barbecue and enjoy our evening on the coast
Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version (http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y493/Outdooraholics/Rhosilli_zps64c34ff3.jpg)<):
Sunday 26th May
Sunday's hike: Oxwich Bay to Pennard Castle
Distance: 8 miles (12km)
Rating: Medium, two main tiring hills
Ascent: 370m
We shall explore a different but equally picturesque section of the coast again today with some lush vegetation. An 8 mile walk that will take us past cliffs, heavenly beaches and into a hidden valley to the ruins of Pennard Castle where we'll have lunch overlooking the bay.

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/Outdooraholics/media/ThreeCliffs_zps96c3b4ed.jpg.html)<):
Payment
All payments are non-refundable and non transferable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled. Once full payment has been received you may sell your space to a member of the same sex, however if you miss the final payment deadline or pull out of the trip before final payment is made your space will be lost and your deposit will not be refunded.
For details of how to make payment and the account details as well as details of how to pull out/buy a space, please see the link below:
http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/FAQ/
Transport/lift shares
This trip starts and ends in Port Eynon, Gower. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from the trip, the return journey from Saturday's linear hike and also to get you to the hike on Sunday. With the nearest station being over 45km away, public transport is not viable for this trip. Whilst Outdooraholics cannot get involved in private lift share arrangements, to help people with this, we have set up the following lift share discussion:
http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/43079982
Food
Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday and Sunday. You will need drinks for the trip.
We can cater for vegetarians if we are advised at least 4 days in advance. Any other dietary requirements, intolerances, allergies, dislikes etc need to be checked and confirmed with us before booking a space on this trip.
The price includes:
• 2 nights in single sex dormitory accommodation (4 bed rooms)
• Healthy continental style breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
• Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday
• An everybody helps out barbecue on Saturday night
• Two hikes by an experienced and trained guide (both Walk Group Leader (http://www.mlte.org/content.php?nID=31)(MTE) and Mountain Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/mountain-leader-award) (MTE) who is also a qualified outdoor activity First Aider.
• An additional choice of hike each day by a second hike leader with an Outdoor Activity First Aid qualification
• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.
The price doesn’t include:
• Transport between London and the Gower and during the trip
• Drinks and personal expenses
Safety
Your safety is very important to us and the main walks are led by a very experienced and also trained hike guide - both Walk Group Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/walking-group-leader-award) (MTE), Mountain Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/mountain-leader-award) (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. In addition each day we have a second hike led by an experienced hike leader who has an Outdoor Activity First Aid qualification. We detail our hikes so you can see what you're signing up for, but in the rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury or death and you need to be aware of this risk and come equipped for the activity you've chosen to participate in.
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