Journeys 2019

Spring on Gower (Full - reserve list open)

South Wales

Date

Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May

Nights

3

Cost

£380 for single occupancy, discounted to £340 for a shared room when booked with a friend or partner. Please note on the booking form the name of the person you will be sharing with.

Description

A place of wild moors, magnificent coastline and breath-taking views, the Gower peninsula is also a sacred place, a thin place where heaven and earth seem close. It was here that the Celtic saints of old found sanctuary; St Teilo, St Cadoc, St Illtyd, St Cenydd... We will encounter all on our journey and visit the likely place of St Cenydd's sixth century retreat; Bury Holm Island. In medieval times a Chapel was built on this tidal islet, known as 'the Church of the isle'. The remains of the Chapel can be seen today.
This is an inspiring landscape famously known for its lovely bays and beaches; Oxwich Bay, Three Cliffs bay, Rhossili bay...Travel Magazine named Oxwich beach the most beautiful in Britain.

Walks and Excursions

Gower offers a number of superb walk possibilities. During our stay we'll enjoy two longer walks of about seven miles each, to include Oxwich Bay, Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili Bay. We also plan two shorter evening strolls; to the moors behind Nicholaston House and magnificently set Pennard Castle.

On Saturday evening we'll visit Port Eynon, most of the population of which during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, appeared to have been involved in smuggling... Reminders of their exploits are evident in and around the village.

And of Gower's many special places of worship we visit two; St Illtyd's Church, almost hidden from view, nestling beneath the looming shadows of Oxwich bay woods and where reputedly a Christian building has been present since the 6th century, and 12th century Rhossili Church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. A memorial tablet in white marble, dedicated to Petty Officer Edgar Evans, RN, who died in 1912 with Captain Scott on the tragic return journey after they reached the South Pole, lies within the Church.

(The longer walks are mostly coastal and graded medium in length with moderate terrain. The shorter walks; short in length with moderate terrain).

Accommodation

We have three nights at spacious Nicholaston House, standing in its own grounds overlooking Oxwich Bay. Accommodation is in single, twin and double rooms, all en-suite and with tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast is self-service. We have a packed lunch on the Saturday and Sunday. Evening meals are back at the house. A modern Celtic Chapel built in the grounds in 2010 to a medieval design, has within it a small cross carved from stone picked up from under the waters of the Sea of Galilee. It was there under the water when Christ walked on that water. It is here now.

Getting there

Please arrive at Nicholaston House from 3 p.m. Car parking is available. We can pick up from Swansea Railway Station during the afternoon, if preferred.

Contact

David Gleed (0789 628 5839 davidgleed2@gmail.com) and Huw Riden.