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Gower’s Glorious Coast and Moors

June 12th - no rooms left at our hotel. You can still join the holiday if you can find alternative accommodation. Please email us to discuss options.
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Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • No single supplement (UK only)
  • Flights from local airports (Europe only)

Make an Enquiry

Do not hesitate to contact us. We are an expert team and we are always happy to talk to you.

info@secrethillswalking.co.uk

01694 723600

You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

Gower was the first place in Britain to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With cliffs and woodlands ringed by sparkling beaches, the Gower peninsula is so adored by walkers, birdwatchers, sunbathers and surfers, it’s been scooping awards ever since. Our guided walking solos holiday takes in all that the Gower has to offer.

Unlike many walking companies, our unique speciality is solos and singles guided walking. We base our holidays in the most beautiful areas across the UK and Europe. We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

  • Five Days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Four Nights
  • Max People : 20
  • Location: Yorkshire
 What you get on a Secret Hills Break
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite two nights/ three nights if the holiday falls on a Bank Holiday – Spring Bank or August Bank Holiday
  • Lunch- except first day
  • Sole Occupancy
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding- friendly, local guides that know the area superbly well
  • Transport to walks start and finish as needed
  • Flexibility
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support from the point of booking to you joining the holiday

What’s not included

  • Evening dinner

Hotel and Meals

We stay at the King’s Head Hotel. close to the coast at Llangennith –  

Sole occupancy rooms no single supplement.

We eat in the hotels dining room each evening – we have not allowed a cost for meals in our pricing as the choice of menu is extensive and it is best that you have a free choice of the fayre on offer. You pay for your dinner.

Lunch is taken at one of the Gower’s  lovely country pubs/ or is packed

A relaxed, social approach.

We can add extra nights dependent on availability.

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for singles and solo travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels. 
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

Directions

How to get to Swansea and the Gower Peninsula

The Gower Peninsula is easily accessible. The closest city is Swansea, on the east side of the peninsula, which has a train, bus station and a ferry port.  From the city of Swansea you will find it easy to reach Gower using local public transport or by car.

By Car: The M4 runs directly to Swansea (exit at junction 42).  

By Coach: Express coaches run direct to Swansea from Central London, Gatwick & Heathrow Airports; West & South Yorkshire; the West Midlands; Bristol Airport and Cardiff.

There is an extensive local bus network serving the whole Swansea Bay area.

By Train: Frequent trains run direct to Swansea from London, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff; and there are good connections from the West Midlands; North East, South & South West England. For travellers’ arriving by air, there are good rail/air links to Swansea from London Gatwick & Heathrow; Bristol and Cardiff International Airports. 

Use the frequent local buses between the rail and bus stations for Gower bus departures (see below) 

National Rail Enquiries: 

Swansea to Gower, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’

Gower has its very own quality bus network; take the Gower Explorer to get to Llangennith, Oxwich, Port Eynon and Rhossili; or First Cymru to get to Oystermouth, Mumbles, Bishopston and Pennard. 

 

 

 

Itinerary

We start walking at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon, with a four mile walk around Llangennith, Lanmadoc Hill and the Wales coast path- an introduction to each other and to your leaders.

Walking then on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday  til 3.30pm.

Walks are between 9 and 11 miles. Ascent and descent is likley to be around 400 metres in total – made up of short stretches of around 50 metres ascent and descent at a time on the Wales coast path and Llanmadoc Hill..The ground is undulating, never severe climbing or descending. Much of our walking will take in cliff paths and yes – we will wander down to the beach to walk occasionally. We walk at a steady pace- we do not rush, there is much to see and photograph- we average over a 6 hour walking day about 2.25 miles per hour. We take an hour for lunch.

We start at 9.30am- sometimes with transport to the start or from the finish, and we usually finish at the hotel at around 4.30pm.

Magnificent walking in this iconic Welsh landscape- not to be missed.

Meet New Friends

Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

How to Book

How to Book

To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.

Reserve online  – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please  contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: info@secrethillswalking.co.uk) and we will assist you to complete your booking.

Payment

Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…

  • Paypal – if you have a Paypal account, simply click on the link to the Paypal website.
  • Credit / Debit card – we use Paypal to host our credit/debit cards facility because it is a very secure system. So if you want to pay with a card, simply click on this option which will take you to our page on the PayPal website. Check in there as a “Guest” to enable your card payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account for this transaction.
  • We will also accept a Bank Transfer – you will find our account details on the booking form.
  • Finally, we will also accept a cheque payable to Secret Hills Walking Holidays and sent to: Secret Hills Walking Holidays, 35 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.

Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

Grades and Difficulty

Ascent and descent is likely to be around 400 metres in total – made up of short stretches of around 50 metres ascent and descent at a time on the Wales coast path and Llanmadoc Hill. The ground is undulating, never severe climbing or descending. Much of our walking will take in cliff paths and yes – we will wander down to the beach to walk occasionally. We walk at a steady pace- we do not rush, there is much to see and photograph- we average over a 6 hour walking day about 2.25 miles per hour.

Sample Walks

A selection of walks we may do during your visit- these are examples

Walk 1 -This walk takes us to the 3 peaks of Llanmadoc Hill (186m) Ryers Down (114m) and Hardings Down (152m). We reach Llanmadoc and the village cafe. We then head down the road to Cheriton and onto the Wales Coastal path before heading up to Ryers Down.  From the summit of Ryers Down we continue across open fields before our final summit Hardings Down. The final leg of the walk sees us dropping back down and into Llangennith.

Walk 2 This longer coastal walk starts in the small hamlet of Oxwich Green. We head down to the Wales coastal path and over to Port Eynon where we follow the coast path to Rhossili and then over to Llangennith via Rhossili down. A fantastic walk with amazing views all the way. Good underfoot with lots of ups and downs.

Walk 3 This walk takes us along old drovers routes to the 12c Penard castle before following the Wales coastal path to Pwlldu and along a limestone riverbed to the finish in Kittle.  Again this walk is full of intrigue, folklore, pirates and smugglers tales. Most of the route is good paths but the route up Bishopston valley is rocky and very slippery when wet.

Walk 4– This walk starts from Bracelet bay and follows the Wales coastal to Langland bay, Caswell bay, Brandy cove and finally into Pwlldu bay. From here we head north up Bishopston valley to the finish in Kittle. This is a walk full of intrigue and folklore with tales of pirates and smugglers. The coastal path is good but Bishopston valley is an old limestone river bed so very rocky and slippery when wet.

Walk 5 -This is a spectacular coastal walk along the best parts of the Wales coastal path. We set off from Port Eynon to Rhossili and then to Llangennith over Rhossili down. A great coastal path with numerous ups and downs and endless views.

Location

The wonderful and varied landscape of the Gower Peninsula (Welsh: Penrhyn Gwyr) was the first place in Britain to be designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the UK government, and is one of only five within Wales. 2016 saw the Gower Peninsula celebrating its 60th year as an AONB, an accolade that has truly stood the test of time.

Not surprisingly, such an enclosed Gower Peninsula surrounded by the Bristol Sea and Atlantic Ocean, has become a haven for some of the richest wildlife and varied habitats in Wales and the rest of the UK.

Scattering the landscape in Gower are historic reminders of past ‘Gowerians’, from castles medieval churches iron age fortifications, and prehistoric standing stones. All this against an awe-inspiring, natural backdrop of hills, valleys, beaches clifftops, commons, woodland dunes, marshes and caves

With its vast populated history, stretching back as far as Lower Paleolithic times (250,000 BC), long-established stories, whether they be folklore, legend or fact, are plentiful and furnish the rich and delightful tapestry of the Gower Peninsula.

The Gower Peninsula is a sacred place, imbued with myth and ancient mysticism. Its landscape contains a plethora of holy wells, standing stones, megalithic burial tombs and ritual cairns. Embroidered onto this hugely evocative series of archaeological monuments are a fascinating tapestry of folklore, ghost stories and faery tales. These enrich and bring the Gower Peninsula to life as much as any other of the region’s attractions or amenities.

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Reviews

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Mary McHugh

Solo Traveller

Guided walking – Simon and Nina were fantastic. They got the balance right throughout. They were thoroughly knowledgeable re walks which were varied and breath-taking. Hotel – Fantastic. Staff were welcoming, helpful, accommodating. They all went out of their way to do their very best for their guests. Excellent customer service. Food was abundant. Keep up the good work – the personal touches work!

August 26, 2021

Marion O'Brien

Solo Traveller

Excellent as always. Simon and Nina were fab. Good pace not slow. I absolutely loved the Gower, and the walks were a great mix of different terrain, even if inland we still got great views of the coast-fabulous, highly recommended. Hotel rooms very nice, spacious, food very good, very generous portions. The staff were all really friendly.

August 26, 2021

Jenni Griffiths

Solo Traveller

As a first time solo traveller, I was really impressed with the set up. I had a lovely time. The guides were excellent, the walks were varied and the hotel was very comfortable with excellent food and hospitality.

August 26, 2021

Sandy Baker

Solo Traveller

So enjoyed the holiday. Just watched Welsh weatherman walking and brought it all back. Very good walking. Simon and Nina made a good team with all their experience and excellent hosts. Will hopefully be booking another trip with you. Thank you all for your hard work in organising everything. Best sandwiches and chips in Rhossili. Would recommend. All good wishes, Sandy Baker.

August 11, 2021

Barbara Meads

Solo Traveller

Holiday was great. Leaders walks and room were all very good. I use secret hills one or two times a year. Thank you Barbara

August 11, 2021
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