Gower National Landscape / Tirwedd Cenedlaethol Gŵyr
Small in size, rich in nature. Gower's scenery ranges from sand dunes and salt marsh in the north to dramatic limestone cliffs and sandy beaches along the south coast. Away from the coast, the hills of Cefn Bryn and Rhossili Down dominate the landscape of small fields, wooded valleys and open commons.
Gower’s richly varied natural environment of heath, grassland, fresh and saltwater marsh, dunes and woodland, is internationally important. Gower has five Special Areas of Conservation, one Ramsar site, three National Nature Reserves, two Local Nature Reserves and many Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Gower has been settled since prehistoric times and is packed numerous with ancient sites. The western end is listed for its Neolithic and Bronze Age features and its medieval open field system. Almost all the coast is in the protective ownership of Swansea Council, the National Trust, Natural Resources Wales or the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
Beach Sculpture Festival, Bracelet Bay 2018
Gower is still traditionally farmed with small, mixed arable and livestock enterprises, many exercising ancient commons grazing rights. Many of the 10,000 population of Gower commute to Swansea, Wales’ second city. Gower is a highly popular area for overnight and day visitors, with tourism forming the backbone of the local economy.
A major water sports and family holiday destination for the urban areas of South Wales and beyond, Gower is within four hours travelling time of 18 million people. The network of footpaths and bridleways is extensive covering 431 km (268 miles) and is heavily used by both visitors and local people as it offers a wide variety of experiences reflecting the diversity of the landscape.