Jun
22

A Summer Weekend in the Glorious Gower (39185)

Event Overview

Back in 1956 the Gower Peninsula was designated Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s not hard to see why. It boasts 34 miles of breathtaking coastline and 50 unspoilt beaches. And of all the coves and bays thereabouts, Port Eynon is amongst the finest.

The village of Port Eynon (which is around 18 miles from Swansea and 24 miles from J47 of the M4) is on the most southerly point of the Gower peninsula, with an award winning beach. It’s backed by a wooded headland for shady walks and sits on the Wales Coastal Path, ideally situated for walks to the stunning Rhossili and Oxwich beaches.

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Back in 1956 the Gower Peninsula was designated Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s not hard to see why. It boasts 34 miles of breathtaking coastline and 50 unspoilt beaches. And of all the coves and bays thereabouts, Port Eynon is amongst the finest.

The village of Port Eynon (which is around 18 miles from Swansea and 24 miles from J47 of the M4) is on the most southerly point of the Gower peninsula, with an award winning beach. It’s backed by a wooded headland for shady walks and sits on the Wales Coastal Path, ideally situated for walks to the stunning Rhossili and Oxwich beaches.

Dramatic limestone cliffs, interspersed with sandy beaches and rocky shores, dominate its southern coast. Along the coastal path is Worm’s Head, historically named 'Wurm' meaning 'dragon' by Viking invaders, it’s a tidal island and marks the most westerly tip of the Gower.

To the north is the village of Rhosilli, famous for its surfing, the beautiful sandy beach is three miles long and is backed with sand dunes. In June 2011, almost four hundred people attempted to break the world record for the largest number of people skinny dipping at one time in the sea at Rhosilli!

Whilst skinning dipping is off the cards there’ll be plenty more sights to see! So come and join us for a glorious weekend in the stunning Gower.

Itinerary

Friday Evening: Arrive, meet the rest of the group and socialise. We'll be having a traditional OutdoorLads buffet for the evening meal, followed by a welcome meeting and a possible evening activity.  

Saturday Day: After breakfast (which is included in the event cost), we’ll head out into the local countryside for a good walk, perhaps with a stop off on the way for some refreshment in one of the local pubs, depending on the walk route!

Saturday Evening: Relax, socialise & chill out before, during and after an evening meal – all things permitting a summer garden barbie. (Included in the event cost.)

Sunday: After breakfast (also included in the event cost), we’ll tidy up the hostel and then you are free to go home or join a leisurely activity and/or Sunday lunch, before heading home.

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Meeting & Times

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Accommodation

Borfa House is in the heart of Port Eynon, situated in grounds bordering the sand dunes and beach; it has a large garden with picnic benches and a BBQ. 

There are 32 beds arranged across 11 rooms, nine of which have their own private bathroom. In total there are nine showers and 11 toilets.
There are two large multi-activity rooms - a TV lounge and a dining room which seats 32 people. There is also a table tennis table. 
There is a large garden at the back of the property with a barbeque and picnic tables. 
The house has been completely refurbished and is centrally heated throughout, though hopefully we won’t need it!

How to get there

By Car: Exit the M4 motorway at junction 42. Take the A483 towards the centre of Swansea and then follow the A4067, to Gower and Mumbles. Approximately 2 miles outside Swansea turn right onto the B4436 sign posted to Bishopston. 
After approx 4 miles turn right after Kittle, and then left on to the A4118 at the next junction. Continue on A4118 until you reach Port Eynon. 
Turn left to YHA Gower, sign-posted “Borfa House”. 
The distance from Swansea City Centre is 18 miles.

 

By Public Transport: Frequent trains from London (direct) and Birmingham (change at Newport) every half hour to Swansea – journey time approx 3 hours. In Swansea New Adventure Travel operate a bus service from the bus station, Number 118 directly to Port Eynon.

What to bring

All bed linen is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel, your washing kit and clothes to wear about the hostel. In addition remember that although it's June, the weather can still be changeable, so please be prepared with waterproofs. And just in case it’s a scorcher – your shorts and sun cream!

Here’s a check list: Hiking boots, Walking socks, and Walking trousers (not jeans or joggers please), Waterproof trousers, Waterproof jacket, Hat, Rucksack. Non essentials include any personal emergency equipment or medical supplies and map/compass if you’d just like to know where you are.

Food and Drink

Friday night: Please bring something for our usual Friday evening buffet.
No need to go overboard, just enough to feed 2 to 3 people will be plenty.

Saturday breakfast: Included in the event cost - usually a continental style breakfast.

Saturday lunch: Please bring your own packed lunch. (There are shops in the village.)

Saturday dinner: Included in the event cost.

Sunday breakfast: Included in the event cost - usually a cooked breakfast.

Tea & coffee: Included throughout the weekend.

Other drinks: Please bring your own.

My First Hostel Event

If you have not been on our hostel weekend events before, you can find lots of really useful information on the My First Hostel Event page.

If this doesn’t answer your questions, then please send a message to the Event Leader and he will be very happy to help.


Event Reference No:
39185