Rhossili is located at the most Western part of the Gower Peninsula in south Wales. The most photographed part of Gower, The Worms Head, stretches out to sea and becomes an island when the tide comes in. The breathtaking view is completed by the long sandy beach and the towering cliffs and this makes it a popular destination throughout the year with surfers, paragliders and ramblers. However, Rhossili still manages to maintain its tranquility and unspoilt beauty.
The village and surrounding area are steeped in history. The prominent wreck of the Helvetia, which ran aground on Rhossili Bay in November 1887 bears witness to the challenging weather conditions and the tales of our ancestors, who lured boats ashore to plunder their hold. The arch over the doorway of the church dates from the twelfth century and is believed to have been moved from the lost village (built in around 1100 and buried possibly by sand storms some time in the early part of the fourteenth century).
Remains of stone age man were found in Paviland Cave and fourteen Bronze Age burial chambers and two Neolithic burial chambers (Sweynes Howes) have been identified on Rhossili Down.
Add to that a handful of Iron Age promontory forts and nobody can dispute that Rhossili is not only beautiful but full of history too! (Oh... and it can be very windy, so come prepared!)
The parish of Rhossili stretches from the village itself towards Scurlage and encompasses the hamlets of Middleton, Pitton and Pitton Cross. There are plenty of establishments that offer various types of accommodation and many coves and beaches to visit and spend an afternoon. Walkers are most definitely in their element with some of the most fantastic views on offer and try not to miss one of our sunsets! The above comes to you courtesy of http://www.the-gower.com/villages/Rhossili/rhossili.htm and if you click the link, you can see lots of great photos of the area.
I had the wonderful privilege of seeing Rhossili courtesy of my friend Liz at "Finding Life Hard" here. We "met" online blogging and on Facebook and then when she came to Vancouver a few years ago, we met for lunch at Granville Island's "Beaches" restaurant dining al fresco by the water. We continued to correspond and this summer was my turn to see her on her home grounds. She drove Cathy (my travel partner), Jane (my good friend who lives in Newport, Wales), and me to Rhossili for a distinctly pleasureable day. My first reaction to the view was utter shock and awe! Now, I must say I have seen some spectacular scenery during my travels, but Rhossili absolutely took my breath (and words) away! This time, we dined at Bar Helvetica on the patio overlooking resounding views! (photo below courtesy of Mr. Google)
I didn't get to see the churches or the Iron Age forts or even the hamlets that surround the area. Because of that, I simply must return one day to spend even longer in the area. I might even try out one of the many bed & breakfast inns or even a self-catering cottage. Rhossili is a photographer's paradise and as such, I just have to get up on the top of the downs and try to get some sunset shots! Finally, I want to be able to walk along the body of the "worm" and get out to the worm's head before high tide comes in. To do that, one has to be prepared and know the right time to give it a go. And if I can do that, I'll get to see some of the remains of the famous "Helvetia," the ship that ran aground here in 1887. You can read more about the Gower Peninsula here.
I put together a nice little slideshow showing my photos of Rhossili and put it to the music of "Epic Journey" and "Panorama". I hope you enjoy the scenery! But remember, you just have to go there and see it for yourself. In the meantime, sit back, turn up the sound and be prepared to be taken away on a cloud to the most romantic place!