The Gower Way is a mid-distance linear footpath which The Gower Society mapped out to celebrate the Millennium. The Society owes a tremendous debt to the late Peter Thomas, then the Society’s Footpaths Officer, and Gordon Howe who did much of the work in delineating the route and pushing this project through. It follows permissive footpaths and rights of way.
An interactive map of the route can be seen here.
It was always designed to take the walker away from the more popular coastal areas and to introduce the quieter but no less interesting aspects of inland Gower. At 56 km length, the route extends from the route extends from the Coastwatch lookout near the Worms Head, Rhossili across the lordship of Gower to Penlle’r Castell high on Mynydd y Gwair.
The project was given royal seal of approval when it was inaugurated by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque on Cefn Bryn (above Penmaen) by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in July 1998. It was always the aim of this project to promote ‘green tourism’ in the relatively less visited areas of the lordship, especially the unspoilt expanses of upland Gower. Here the walker can experience far-sweeping views of the surrounding hills high above Swansea and out towards the Bristol Channel, Burry Estuary and beyond.
The route has marker stones placed at approx. 1km intervals; these stones were coping stones from Townhill Service reservoir which was constructed in the early 1900s by the then Swansea Borough Council. They were kindly donated by Welsh Water (Dŵr Cymru). They are Pennant sandstone blocks, originally from Cymrhydyceirw Quarry in Morriston, Swansea, which the Society had modified and engraved by local Crofty monumental mason, Leighton Rees. To put them in situ, the Society used John Alexander of Sluxton near Rhossili. The Gower Society also acknowledges the help and cooperation of the following:
- City and County of Swansea
- Commoners Association
- Community Councils
- Countryside Council for Wales
- Local farmers
- National Trust
- Penrice Estate
- Ramblers Association
- Somerset Trust
Since its inception, some diversions from the initial route have been necessary – these have been indicated on the ground by the local authority.
To help walkers travel along this route, the Society has published a series of three bilingual sectional leaflets. These are beautifully illustrated with original watercolour paintings by local artist, Richard Dann – of local views, buildings and wildlife likely to be encountered. To purchase the set of three in a plastic wallet, go to ‘Publications’ page.
However, in addition to the leaflets, the Society urges walkers to also use the O.S. Landranger map no. 159 Swansea and Gower (1:50,000); or even better, O.S. Explorer Map no. 164 Gower (1:25,000) and 165 Swansea.