Friday, 10 April 2015

Swansea to Oxwich. A Walk in the Sun.

It has been a pretty warm Easter this year, and the idea of a day walking along the Gower section of the Wales Coastal Path sounded pretty epic.

We set off from base camp in Swansea, heading straight to the first beach of the day overlooking Mumbles and rest of Swansea. The cycle/walking path is right next to the beach, making it a super easy and very popular walk straight to Mumbles.

The next stretch takes you from Mumbles to Langland Bay. It starts to get a bit steeper at this point, and is the first real part of the walk that requires an extra bit of effort.
The coastline from here on is just stunning, and the path is well kept so literally anyone can experience it for themselves without risking their safety.

From Langland you head to Caswell along another easy well maintained path.

If the tide is out at this point you can cut straight across Caswell beach, and pick up the path on the otherside. This is where it starts to get a bit more tricky, as the nice concrete path from earlier is replaced with a steeper dirt track and uneven stones underfoot.
This is totally worth it for the views though, as you head on to Brandy Cove and Pwlldu Bay.

Oxwich Bay starts to come into view at this point, and once you've got to Three Cliffs Bay you are pretty much home free.

If the tide is still out at Three Cliffs, you can cut out a huge part of the walk by going straight across the beach which links to Oxwich Bay.

As you get closer to the end you can start thinking about what you're going to order at the bar, and if you're sticking around for a BBQ and bonfire in the evening like we did it's not a bad idea to collect some driftwood as you go.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Llangorse Kayak Fishing Competition 2015

Founded by the South Wales Kayak Anglers, the Llangorse Kayak Fishing Competition has become the largest freshwater kayak fishing event in the UK.

This year the event gave anglers a chance to compete in the British Championship, and the turn out was tremendous with people travelling from all over including one competitor who travelled all the way from Sweden!

The day started off slowly, with strong winds and showers that did not encourage many onto the water. The competition was delayed to 11am, when luckily the wind dropped and the clouds turned a lighter shade of grey. Grant and Tom were straight out on the water, making the most of this gap in the weather and burning off the full English breakfast from the cafe.

Mike Harpur took 1st place with the 3 largest Pike on the day, and our Grant is sure he was robbed of the prize for biggest Pike!