Sunday, July 22, 2012

Making the most of surfing on Gower this August

Make the most of Surfing Gower this August, when the water is at it's warmest, to join in the famous GSD Junior Surfing Academy at Caswell Bay.  We are open every day of the Summer holidays.  Drop off is from 0845 and pick up at 1530.  A full day costs £30, bring your own pack lunch or enjoy the hot snacks provided by the cafes based at Caswell Bay.  For more information checkout  then click on Junior Surfing.

Supervised surfing and surf hire is also available on Gower everyday throughout the summer. Wetsuits, surfboards and bodyboards are available. You should be a good swimmer and it is advisable that have had a surfing lesson with GSD or another GB Surfing School.  You must adhere to the safety information given out by staff to you when picking up surfing equipment. To arrange hire or supervised surfing simply TXT 07739 536122 the day or evening before.

A big congrats to RNLI Beach Lifeguard  Nick Dowrick for recently winning his second Welsh Longboard Title.  The RNLI play a massive part in the Surf Gower community, keeping beaches safe and of course giving young surfers a chance of a good job with superb training.  Please support the RNLI whenever you get a chance.
Love the Beach. 

After a hot spell in May many beaches including Caswell Bay and Rhossili Beach were left in an awful state almost resembling that of a music festival site. Please keep the beach clean and tidy by taking all your trash home with you or dispose in the bins provided. Most importantly if you do smoke please remember ‘no butts on the beach’ as they kill birds and marine life.  Leave nothing but your footprints on the beach.  

Simon Jayham, SurfGSD

The Wormshead Hotel, Rhossili great place to eat and enjoy the most amazing view in the UK

Our restaurant and bar offer a taste of Wales with a varied selection of dishes to satisfy the pallets of all our customers. The restaurant takes full advantage of the panoramic views of the Worms Head and Rhossili Bay, while at the same time offering diners the opportunity to view one of the world's top ten finest sunsets as they dine. Fresh produce on the menu includes meat, poultry and game from local farms, together with freshly caught fish from Camarthen Bay. Also given 24 hours notice, we can serve, when in season, Gower Lobster and Crab, local Sea Bass and Sea Trout. Lunch and dinner are served daily and our traditional Sunday lunches are especially popular with families. Our breakfasts include Welsh bacon, local farm eggs, and for those who feel adventurous, a traditional local speciality; laverbread. We also offer meals in our fully licensed bar and we serve fresh cream teas every afternoon. Children are always welcome and we can provide high chairs for young babies.


Our garden offers fantastic uninterrupted views of the Worms Head, Rhossili Bay and Rhossili Downs. Where you can relax with a drink from our bar or a meal from our restaurant and plan your next days walk or other local activity.

Surfing Rhossili bay, information on how to get to Rhossili village

The beach is at the foot of cliffs and therefore a walk is required down to the beach which is absolutely stunning and many say is part of the surfing experience see this link for pictures and a movie of the walk to the beach.
For information on getting to Rhossili Bay see instructions below and for how to book  surfing lessons click here 'learn to surf'

Surf_and_stay_rhossili_bay_gower__2Overlooking the beach is the Worms head hotel which can provide pack lunches or lunch for the apres surf. For information on how to stay at this hotel click here surf and stay Rhossili bay
Gower_camp_and_surf_rhossili_bayIf you are looking to camp then Pitton cross is really close, click here for their information: Gower camp and surf

By Car
Leave M4 motorway at Junction 42 along the A483 to Swansea. Follow the A4067 brown signs to Mumbles and South Gower until you reach Texaco petrol station on your left. Get in the right hand lane, take next turning right B4436 to, South Gower.
Continue following the brown South Gower Signs through Kittle, then                           Pennard, you turn right at Pennard church follow signs for Rhossili,                           South Gower you are now on the A4118 South Gower road.
Continue along this road, you pass through the villages of Penmaen,                           Knelston and then Scurlage turn right here follow signs for Rhossili,                           continue for 2 miles, Pitton Cross Caravan & Camping is on the left, if you are heading straight to the beach or Worms head hotel then keep driving for about another mile which will take you straight to the beach car park in front of the hotel.

By Bus
Look out for the distinctive 2 tone green Gower buses. Take a 118 Gower Explorer from Swansea  City Centre direct Journey time Swansea to Rhossili 50-65 minutes

Coaches to Swansea direct from Central London, Gatwick & Heathrow Airports, West & South Yorkshire, the West Midlands and Cardiff. Local Buses from Swansea to Rhossili

The Gower Explorer  network of bus routes links Swansea with all parts of Gower
On Mondays to Saturdays, there are frequent services on four routes:
115 Llanmadoc Llangennith Llanrhidian to Reynoldston Scurlage Horton Port Eynon
116 Swansea Killay Gowerton to Penclawdd Crofty Llanrhidian
117 Killay Parkmill to Oxwich Horton Scurlage Port Eynon
118 Swansea Killay via Parkmill or Cilibion to Reynoldston Scurlage Rhossili Routes 115 to 118 inter-connect these connections are guaranteed, so that journeys between most places in Gower can be made at least every two hours Gower Explorer services are operated by Pullman Coaches 14 Swansea to Mayals Murton Bishopston Pennard Cliffs

This route is operated Mondays to Saturdays  daytime by First Cymru and evenings, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays by Gower Explorer

On Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays, services are less frequent

National Bus & Coach Enquiry Line: 0870 6082608;
Local travel: Traveline Cymru: 0870 6082608;

By Train
Arrives at Swansea high Street Station,  Pitton Cross Camp site is 18 miles from the train station.(see bus connections)

Trains to Swansea direct from London, Manchester,  Bristol and Cardiff with good connections from the West Midlands, North East, South & South West England. Use the frequent local bus services between the Rail & Bus stations in Swansea for
connections to Gower Explorer services.

National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50;           

Friday, June 29, 2012

Rhossili bay must be one of the most beautiful locations in the UK for surfing on it's day?

Rhossili_bay_on_the_west_coast_of_gRhossili bay is ideal for surfing due to the soft breaking nature of the waves at the bottom of the cliff, after the long scenic walk to the beach below the surfer is warmed up and ready for the surf session ahead. Rhossili offers easy parking and good bus links from Swansea. The Worms head hotel has awesome views (see Rhossili bay pictures here) and is a great place to stay if you are on a weekend break, alternatively if you fancy camping then there is Pitton Cross about 5 mins drive from this view. Click here for more information on how to visit, surf or stay at  Rhossili Bay.
The Causeway Cafe or Wormshead hotel are good places to refresh after the surfing experience and replace all the energy used walking up the stairs... For more information on our learn to surf beach locations and booking click here.

How to find us here in Rhossili, Gower, Wales

From South East:
M4 Westbound exit to Swansea J42 A483 to Swansea
Then follow signs to Sketty following the A4118.
Continue on the A4118 through Sketty and Killay
Then follow signs for the South Gower through Parkmill.
Turn off right at Scurlage on to the B4247 to Rhossili.
We are located at the end of the road opposite the car park.
From West Wales:
M4 Eastbound. exit junction 47 at Penllergaer
Then follow signs for Gower following A483
Then turn right on to A484 bare left onto B4295 following signs for North Gower.
Then turn left to join B4271 at Esso petrol station.
Follow signs for Reynoldston and Porteynon joining A4118.
Turn off right at Scurlage on to the B4247 to Rhossili.
We are located at the end of the road opposite the car park.
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