An Autumn Weekend on the Gower
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You can't get any closer to the sea than this! Come and join OutdoorLads for a weekend on the slipway, staying in an old lifeboat station with the sea lapping at the dining room window, and the golden sands of Port Eynon Bay stretching out to Three Cliffs Bay, the Bristol Channel and the rolling Gower Hills.
Converted from South Gower’s former lifeboat station, the hostel enjoys unparalleled sea views from the large lounge windows and offers guests a face-to-face with the forces of nature. The hostel has a lounge/dining room with seating and comfy settees where you can cosy up around the wood burner – run on locally-harvested logs, and there are picnic tables overlooking the beach immediately outside the hostel, lined by palm trees that grow here due to the Gower's warmer microclimate.
Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the gorgeous Gower Peninsula boasts 34 miles of breathtaking coastline and 50 unspoilt beaches. Of all the coves and bays hereabouts, Port Eynon is amongst the finest. Most southerly point of the Gower peninsula, the hostel faces an award winning beach with safe swimming and rock pools - ideal for wind and kite surfing when the weather is right. We're backed by a wooded headland for shady walks and beautiful spring and early summer flowers. We also sit on the Wales Coastal Path, ideally situated for walks to Rhossili and Oxwich beaches.
What we will be doing:
Friday night: The traditional ODL buffet dinner, welcome meeting and meet friends new and old!
Saturday daytime: We'll be heading out for a full day's walk or climbing around the stunning coast. We are lucky enough to also have sport climbing on for the day! Why not give that a try!
Or bring your bike and head out to explore the rolling Gower coast, grab a board and go surfing or even go for a wander and explore the villages, local cafes and National Trust offerings.
Saturday night: We will be cooking you up a delicious meal to reward a good day out on the coast. We will have games or maybe even a quiz.
Sunday day: Either head off or why not explore the local area and find a nice pub lunch before returning to the real world?
Image credits: Images 2 and 3 - Port Eynon Hostel © YHA England and Wales. All other images provided by ODL members (Simon Hawthorn and Craig Owen) and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for their use
What to bring
For the Hostel
All bedding and pillows will be provided, although you will need to bring a towel and toiletries, alongside some comfy clothes for hanging around the hostel. A wise ODLer also brings earplugs!
For the Walk
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Food & drink
Friday night: Please bring one item for the group buffet, something small and tasty to feed 2-3 people (preferably not requiring prep other than heating on arrival - as the kitchen is small).
Saturday breakfast: Included in the event cost.
Saturday lunch: Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 3-course dinner: Included in the event cost.
Sunday breakfast: Included in the event cost.
Tea & coffee: Included throughout the weekend.
Please note, there will be limited fridge space as group food needs to take priority - please bring a cool bag if you wish to chill personal food or drink.