A collection of interesting websites, information, galleries, videos and links on beautiful Gower Peninsula
LOCAL RESTAURANTS INCLUDE:
The Britannia Inn - Llanmadoc - has newly renovated restaurant serving fresh local produce - excellent chef www.britanniainngower.co.uk Tel: 01792 386624 - 2-3 mins walk from the cottage. Great food, and nice sunday lunch, but really quality cuisine such as local sea bass and often offering Gower lamb and welsh black beef.
Fairyhill Country House and Restaurant - excellent cuisine, said to be Swansea's finest restaurant - and only 3-4 mins drive at Burry Green - very close indeed to Llanmadoc. Tel: 01792 390139 http://www.fairyhill.net/
The Welcome to Town Bistro - located in nearby Llarhidian, around 6 mins drive from the cottage, this is a quaint little restaurant with good ales and wines in an intimate historic setting opposite the whipping post on Llanrhidian Green. www.thewelcometowtown.co.uk Tel: 390015
Maes Yr Haf - new and top quality restaurant at Parkmill, South Gower, near Three Cliffs Bay. www.maes-yr-haf.com Tel: 01792 371000 - takes around 20 mins by car (approx 7 miles away from the cottage, via Reynoldston).
The King Arthur Hotel - Approx. 5-6 minutes drive from the cottage at Reynoldston, passing Fairyhill on the way via Burry Green. A country Inn and restaurant catering for a variety of tastes and formailities from specials board to Sunday Lunch and a la carte. Excellent fish and roasts on specials board. http://www.kingarthurhotel.co.uk/location.htm Tel: 01792 390775
The Beaufort Arms in Kittle, near Pennard: A nice cosy pub with good food. 15 mins drive from the cottage.
Eddies: Hill End Caravan Park, Llangennith: Great for a full Welsh Breakfast. 5 mins drive from the cottage.
These are the best of the pick from Gower restaurants, and if you want to go slightly further afield into Mumbles and Swansea the following other suggestions are all worth a visit:
The choices are : - Hake in lager batter and chips in The Britannia - can't be beaten; or Nearest and best propper chippy is - Llanrhidian Caravan Park - Open most evenings summer and winter. 7-8 mins drive. via Llandimore, and Oldwalls, Llanrhidian towards Crofty. or Port Eynon (two located there, summer only) - very good - 10-12 mins drive via Burry Green, Llandewi and Scurlage. Otherwise if you fancy a 25 mins drive - the Roma Fish Bar in Gorseinon is excellent as is Covelli's or Yallop's in Mumbles.
The King Arthur - at Reynoldston (see above) serves a great Cod (or Hoki / Haddock / Hake) with hme made chips - really excellent
Take away - best bet is The King Balti in Gowerton but it is a 20 mins drive. The other Curry House in Gowerton is not bad either eat in or take away. There is also an indian restaurant in Penclawdd - as yet untried. La Ouila on Mumbles Front is a great eat in venue as is Chutneys in Newton Rd., Mumbles. and Mumbai Spice, next to the Woodmans at Blackpill, near Mumbles, Swansea.
On this website you can find your local councillor, check the dates of council meetings view the agenda and read their minutes, review planning applications, see information on local issues and learn about local events.
There's also a discussion board which, at the time of writing, had debates on broadband and caravan sites, office space, speed limits and sand dredging.
There's such a varied amount of information on this site that it's difficult to know where to start. Firstly the NCI itself - it's a voluntary charity organisation which was set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations closed.
The website has all sorts of information - you can find out the watch hours, high and low water height times for Mumbles, and crucially the times at which the causeway is open. There's also access to extracts from the log so you can discover everything from the number of commercial vessels logged right up to light aircraft, as well as information on local events, history and flora and fauna.
Swansea - 50 Years of the Gower AONB This site from Swansea Council, launched to coincide with the anniversary of Gower gaining its AONB status, has a wealth of information on the peninsula. Along with material covering the AONB and what it means, there's articles and information on ecology, history and activities, as well as the latest news and initiatives.
Explore Gower If you want the full low-down on Gower, you can't go far wrong with this excellent and comprehensive site. There are detailed guides to the peninsula's villages and beaches, walks, a directory of useful contacts, picture galleries, features on local history and the environment, and a forum.
The Gower Society The Gower was first granted AONB status as part of a drive to control planning applications on one of the Uk's most beautiful coastlines, and keeping an eye on these sorts of matters.
Enjoy Gower This site, developed in association with the Mumbles Tourist Information centre, is a good resource for people planning on visiting the area. You'll find accommodation and 'eating out' guides, along with guides to beaches, nature reserves and the peninsula's villages.
National Trust: Volunteering The National Trust plays a vital role in the management and conservation of Gower, managing as it does three quarters of the coastline and 11% of the land. It couldn't do this, however, without a small army of committed and enthusiastic volunteers. This special section of their website tells you all you need to know about volunteering for the Trust, and guides you through the application process.
Glamorgan Walks This long-running and popular site has plenty to offer on the Gower. As well as a programme of organised walks, you can take a 'virtual' walk online, and browse the features on local history and more.
The Gower Information Centre This site bills itself as "the Gower peninsula's most detailed online guide.", and with a huge range of articles on different subjects, there's certainly merit in the claim. The site is split into sections such as 'Beach Guides', 'Shipwrecks', 'castles', 'caves', 'churches and chapels' and 'walks'. Definitely worth a look.