The National Trust have joined forces with Natural Resources Wales and Carmarthenshire County Council to produce five new trails around the Dolaucothi estate including a cycle path and bridle way.
Launching in time for our Great Welsh Walk in September, each path is colour coded, allowing visitors of all abilities to find a trail that suits them.
The 2,500-acre estate provides an ideal environment for wildlife including red kites, badgers and pine martins. There’s even a chance to catch a glimpse of some of Britain’s more elusive mammals. Red squirrels were recently spotted by a group of walkers enjoying a well-earned drink at the newly opened Dolaucothi Arms in the village of Pumsaint.
Dolaucothi is famous for being the only known Roman Gold mine in the UK. You can follow the story of the Romans quest for Gold on the Roman audio trail. Ask at reception for details or visit the website.
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