Worms Head

Gower Peninsula, Wales

The trail:

  • Location: Gower Peninsula, Wales
  • Categories: Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter / Marine west coast / Foothill / Coastal / Rural / Beach / Sea
  • Duration: 2-4 Hours
  • Distance: 5 miles

Walking the trail:

  • Summary: Tackle the Dragon of Worms Head In Wales Gower Peninsula. Fun scrambling with fantastic coastal views makes for a rewarding short walk/day trip. Best viewed during the golden hour!

The name Worm's Head is derived from an Old English word for 'dragon'. It's easy to see why such a name has been given with its series of island hills looking like the back of a wild beast! This particular dragon sticks out from the south west section of Gower Peninsula in Wales. An area of outstanding natural beauty with its stunning coastal views. 

Naturally a location like this is very popular for tourism so expect a lot of people during peak summer times. I'm not a fan of tourist hotspots but this place I feel is an exception to that as it's just a whole lot of fun, even with loads of people about.  However, I would always choose to go during spring or autumn when its quieter and the views are equally as good. There is a massive car park located at Rhossili and an assortment of cafes are located here as well. From here it's an easy walk down to the causeway that takes you over to the head. 

The headland is a mile long from the mainland and can only be reached either side of high tides. (check tide times however there should be a sign before the crossing giving times to be back to the mainland) A few groups of people had to be rescued in the summer of 2020 due to missing the crossing so please don't waste anyone's time for a rescue!

So, this place has got some fabulous wild coastal views but most of all its fun. Once you get across the causeway there's loads of sections of scrambling to get across to the next parts of the island, before you finally ascend the last peak. Although nothing technical in terms of scrambling you do still need to think about what you're doing and where you're placing feet and hands so good walking footwear is also needed to make the most of the walk. If the tide is fully out, you can bypass some of it on lower sandy wet ground.

If you time your trip to later in the day (tide dependant) and stick around to sunset hours, then you will most definitely be in for a treat! One of the best sunsets I have ever witnessed which perfectly passes over Worms Head before disappearing into the horizon.

The path that takes you down to the causeway is also part of the 97-mile Gower and Swansea Bay Coastal Path so you have many other options for locations to start from (rather than Rhossili) and also additional coastal walking if you want to cover more miles. I walked a fair few mile eastwards towards Fall Bay Beach which turned out really well as a Peregrin Falcon landed near me as I was having a snack! only the world's fastest bird!

If you're ever get the chance visiting Gower Peninsula, then get yourself down to this place! Amazing!  Post code to Rhossili car park is SA3 1PP.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.