Whiteford Sands from Llanmadoc

The Gower coast offers many excellent walking opportunities. This route starts from Llanmadoc and uses a section of the Wales Coast Path to follow an anti-clockwisde route around Whiteford Sands a spit that extends out into the Loughor Estuary.

Technical sheet
No. 293239
A Llangennith' Llanmadoc and Cheriton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 04/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 4.96mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 161ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 154ft
Highest point Highest point : 161ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 0ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Llangennith' Llanmadoc and Cheriton
Starting point Starting point : N 51.618574° / W 4.254822°
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(D/A) Exit the car park and turn right and follow the lane to the hamlet of Cwm Ivy. Continue ahead through a gate and follow the tarmac lane downhill through trees to a junction (grid ref. SS437939). Bear right here and join the Wales Coast Path. You soon pass a cottage on your left and pass through woodland before emerging into open country with mudflats and salt marsh to your right beyond which lies the River Loughor. The well-defined track heads north. After a mile (grid ref. SS447952) you leave the track just after it bends to the left and continue on a narrower path still with the estuary on your right.

(1) Reaching Whiteford Point (grid ref. SS447966) the Wales Coast Path turns south along the seaward side of the spit with sand dunes to your left and the sea to your right. Depending on tides you do have the option of walking along the broad expanse of Whiteford Sands. After just under two miles you reach the foot of Cwm Ivy Tor with its Limestone Crags and a path junction (grid ref. SS433940). Turn left here and join a clear track heading east to Cwm Ivy. You soon re-join your outward route and pass the cottages at Cwm Ivy. All that remains is to follow the lane gently uphill back to the start(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 154ft - Car park
1 : mi 2.45 - alt. 20ft - Whiteford Point
D/A : mi 4.96 - alt. 161ft

Useful Information

The Gower Peninsula has much scenic interest both along the coast and inland. This walk explores the sand spit jutting out into the Loughor Estuary and provides some excellent walking with views inland and along the coast. The start is the carpark on the north side of Llanmadoc Village (grid ref. SS439935).

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