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Rhossili Village Information

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Rhossili Village Information

Location: 18 miles west of Swansea, or a 20 minute drive from the B&B.

Amenities:

Worms Head Hotel –  Pub, hotel and good food. Tel: 01792 390512

The Bay Bistro and Coffee House – Tel 01792 390515

 Car Parking

Large privately owned car park at the end of the road. You cant miss it.

 Things to Do and See:

Walk out to Worms Head:

A don’t miss walk but make sure that you check the tide times first. Head to our walking guide for a print out of the walk.

Surf:

You can hire boards at the surf shack behind the Bay Bistro.

More About Rhossili

You can safely say that the view from Rhossili village of the bay and Worms Head is world famous - it’s a definite not to be missed view on the peninsula. The dramatic scenery owes much to the exposed nature of this part of Gower. On a sunny day there is no better place to be, but on a stormy winter's day, it is a place for the brave in their best waterproofs - you will soon come to understand why trees are a rare sight here!

While you are admiring the view,if you have sharp eyes you should just make out the wreck of the Helvetia, an oak barque wrecked here on 1st November 1887, now reduced to a series of heavy wooden spars stretching from the sand a little way down the beach. The Helvetia was sheltering in the bay during a gale, but as nightfall approached she dragged her anchor and had to be abandoned. By morning the ship was wrecked and her cargo of 500 tons of timber was strewn along the beach.

St Mary’s church, set next to the car park, is worth a visit. It dates back to 12th Century, replacing an earlier church which is thought to have been in existence from the 6th century. Set at the bottom of Rhossili downs, it reportedly fell foul to the ravages of powerful storms during the 13th century which resulted in the new church and village being constructed at its present location away from the encroaching sea and sand. The church is entered through a beautifully ornate carved archway, very typically Norman. On the left hand pillar there is a rare scratch sundial. There is good evidence to suggest that the archway was scavenged from the original church. In the chancel you will find an original 14th Century window, known as the “leper’s window” – it is set low, so as to allow the feared lepers to hear the word of the scriptures while remaining outside! Also have a look at the memorials in the nave - they include one to Petty Officer Edgar Evans, a Rhossili man who died with Captain Scott in the Antarctic in 1912.

Interesting further evidence of the presence of the Normans in Rhossili includes the rare 12th century open field system known as the Vile which stretches from the church all the way out to the headland next to Worms Head.