With the fiftieth anniversary of the Neptune Coastline Campaign in mind, we are making 2015 the year of the Welsh coast with events and new projects to demonstrate our care for some of the most beautiful coastline in the world.
Flying a kite in Rhosili Bay, Gower, Swansea, Wales.
©National Trust Images/John Millar
Along with a special booklet, the Trust in Wales is planning a stunning new video presentation of the coastline from the air, which will be available online. We’ve been working with Keep Wales Tidy to further develop the Welsh Coast app and there will be events at coastal sites around the country.
The Trust in Wales looks after 157 miles of the coastline you love, which is an amazing achievement only possible through on-going public donations – that’s an average of two miles of coast a year saved since the campaign began in 1965. Thank you for your support, without which we could not protect special places for everyone, forever.
Worm’s Head at Rhossili is my favourite place on Gower to escape to for a ‘get-away-from-it-all walk’. On a weekend, when the tides are right (it’s accessible a couple of hours either side of low tide), I love to just pack up a picnic and head to Rhossili, across the rocky causeway and have lunch sitting on the outer head.
Walking on the Gower
Out there the views over Rhossili Bay are the most amazing you’ll get anywhere on Gower. The first time I ‘walked the Worm’, my children were about six and ten. Even though the terrain is uneven and craggy in parts, my kids managed to scramble over the causeway much more easily than I did. The blow-hole on the outer head always fascinates the kids – nature’s own hairdryer as I like to call it.
If you are lucky, you’ll get to see grey seals basking on the rocks below, and there’s always a great selection of seabirds to be found – guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, oystercatchers, and also the occasional puffin on the sea. Worm’s Head truly is magical – my special place! Kim Boland