To the north-east of the city centre is Penclawdd. 6.5 miles from J47 of the M4, Penclawdd is known throughout West Wales for its cockles and is a village that has a charming blend of modern and traditional buildings, all skirting the estuary that ebbs and flows each day. With nearby amenities such as supermarket, shops, cash points and takeaway restaurants, Penclawdd is equidistant to two of Gower’s most popular local eateries; the Rake & Riddle and the Purple Badger. Both venues serve home cooked, traditional food at great value, are welcoming to all ages, have play areas within their grounds for the younger ones and are a 5-minute drive from the village
For those that enjoy a round or two, Gower Golf Club is a 10-minute drive away and offers an enjoyable course that both experienced and beginner golfers can enjoy not to mention the stunning views over the Loughor Estuary towards West Wales.
Immediately to the west of Penclawdd is Crofty. A hamlet that sits on the side of the estuary, and has unobstructed views over to Llanelli and Pembrey. The Llanrhidian Coastal Marshes are on your door-step, and the old road through the marsh offers a gentle, scenic stroll to the nearby village of Llanrhidian and hugs the estuary all the way and is one of the more popular dog-walking areas.
The road turns left, away from the waterside into the village of Llanrhidian and past one of Gower’s oldest pubs – the Dolphin. Located next to the Church of St Rhidian and St Illtyd (which dates back to the 6th century), this quaint Gower pub serves a variety of locally brewed ales alongside more familiar brands, all best enjoyed in the flowery beer garden that overlooks the estuary.
A short distance west is the Greyhound Inn; a sprawling country pub serving home cooked meals, local ales, a wide range of wines and more recognisable brands. The Greyhound also has one of the largest, enclosed beer gardens in Gower with an expansive play area and many tables. A short distance from the Greyhound Inn is Weobley Castle, an early 14th century fortified manor house is located on a hilltop in the northern part of the Gower Peninsula. Open from April 1st to October 31st, Weobley Castle can give you the perfect day out on a beautiful summer’s day with the family. With adult tickets costing £4 and family tickets coming in at £10 with children under 5 receiving free entry, it would be rude not to come and visit one of the oldest and most beautiful castles in Wales!
Llanmadoc is one of the more remote Gower villages but don’t let that put you off. The woods hide how close you are to the beach and with Broughton Sands a short walk away; you will probably have this 3.5k stretch of sand all to yourself as few people venture to this area of Gower. Alongside walks along the beach to explore the Whitford Lighthouse (at low tide) there is the Britannia Inn, one of Gowers best-kept secrets. This 18th-century pub boasts stone walls, large fireplace, bread oven and roof beams that some belief were taken from ships wrecked on nearby shores. Serving high quality, locally sourced food and drink, “The Brit” is a must for anyone staying in Llanmadoc or visiting Gower in general.