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Worms Head

Worms Head

  • Car park – Yes (on headland)
  • Boat Launching – No
  • Public Transport – Yes
  • Wheelchair access – No
  • Toilets – Yes (bottom car park)
  • Shops/refreshments – Yes
  • Lifeguard (May-Sept) – No
  • Dogs – Allowed all year
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What’s it like?

Worms Head is one of Gower’s signature land marks - if you are only in the area for one day, Worms Head should be on your list of places to visit in Gower. It has won countless accolades and is regularly used as a backdrop for many TV programs and events. The promontory gets its name from the Viking word 'wurm', meaning dragon. It seems that when the Viking ships approached the coast they really were met by a Welsh Dragon! Worms Head was formed as a result of its composition from hard limestone resilient to the erosion of tides, while Rhossili bay was formed as the sea eroded its softer old red sandstone. The characteristic flat top of the worm is due to the action of waves at a time when the sea level was higher than today. This is known as the 200ft wave cut platform and is a feature recognisable around much of the Gower coast.

To get out onto Worms Head itself you need to plan your walk with the tide times to avoid getting stranded. You have roughly 2.5 hours either side of low water during which you can cross over the rocks to the head. If you do get stranded do not be tempted to swim the causeway! In the recent past, young, fit, competent swimmers have drowned trying to beat the tides here. Follow this link for Tide times in Gower.

When you walk out, if you keep to the north side has you will find the going easier, look out for the rusty remains of an anchor which belonged to a vessel which was wrecked here carrying coal. You can often find the odd fragment of the cargo even on the cliff path where the locals spent weeks collecting it up in exchange for years of free heating!

The head is divided roughly into inner, middle and outer sections. As you cross to the middle section you will get a great view of the Devil's Bridge (a collapsed sea cave). The outer section of the head cant be visited during the bird nesting season but when you can make it out there, the 'Blow Hole' is a fun place - you can feel the air pushed up as waves push into the entrance below. On a stormy day the blow hole can push water up high above the headland and can be viewed all the way from the Worms Head Hotel.

Watersports

The headland is great for canoeing on a calm day, and, if you have a boat, the area on the north side of the headland is amazing for diving on days with good visibility.

Fishing

Probably one of the best shore marks in Wales with a huge reputation for bass fishing. Also expect to catch conger, rockling, wrasse and pollack. Mackerel come in mid-June through to October.

Fishing at high water on a spring tide brings the best results but means you have choices to make - because access is tidal you either need to fish at low tide or aim to stay out here over the high tide. Remember you can only cross the causeway for around 2 hours ether side of low water.

South side:

The south side of the worm is an expanse of gullies and weed filled pools - the whole area is food rich. Ledger into the gullies or float fish using peeler crab or sand eel, but anything goes here, so try spinning and flies as well

The End :

The tip of Worms Head is a fantastic place for spinning for bass, especially in the twilight hours. Tope are regularly caught in the deep water off the end using ledger and a good lump of fish. Remember, access here is difficult so be careful! Don’t go alone, as help is a long distance away. It is also not a place to be in storm swells.

North Side:

The north side of the worm offers a different fishing experience with clean ground at its base. For the most part you can expect to catch dogfish, rays, flatfish and smoothhound here year round, whiting and sometimes codling in the autumn and winter.

Surfing

There are some very good waves to be had out on the back side of Worms Head, but it is a spot for experienced surfers given the 20 minute paddle (or better still a boat ride). It catches lots of swell and works in the same conditions as the other Gower reefs. The waves are hollow and fast with long rides - truly exceptional when it's good, but take care - access is dangerous and the rocks and currents here are unforgiving. There are 3 main breaks - the 2 closer ones are safer with long rides the farthest one breaks on a rocky slab (very shallow but often a nice shape.) They work best on low tides; in fact the lowest springs throw the best shaped waves. If the swell is small, the wave usually stops working before the causeway becomes covered.

 

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