Gower, Swansea…Home

 

mapofgowerFor many people, especially my age (19), getting away from home is something they can’t wait to do. New experiences, escape the boredom of their home town and discover new places. I however feel differently…

I love where I’m from and with Swansea having the simply stunning Gower Peninsular on its doorstep I would be very hard pushed to find anywhere in the UK I’d rather be. When it came to looking at Universities I subconsciously tried to find somewhere that was similar to home before I realised and decided Swansea University was the best place for me to go and I’m looking forward to starting there next September.

We are very lucky to have such a huge expanse of coastline that gives huge variety to both the Surfing and Fishing opportunities, it is truly beautiful. Rightfully so in 1956 Gower became the UK’s first “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and with locations such as Worms Head, Llangennith and Three Cliffs Bay it’s no surprise.

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© Paul Gill

From Langland through to Llangennith the whole of Gower has phenomenal (nearly) year round surf and a well deserved reputation for producing some of Wales’, if not the UK and Europe’s finest surfers, as it has done for over 70 years!

Here is a slideshow of images that show Gower’s true beauty and Surfing/Fishing potential!

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Fishing round Gower can be tricky, it’s the kind of place that takes years and years to get to know and although surfing has given me a big advantage and knowledge I can relate to fishing the coastline, I still have plenty to learn. Without having such a huge expanse of coastline though and so much variation I don’t think it would be quite the same and that’s where my love for Fishing Gower comes from.

It’s far from just Bass fishing we are very lucky to have though, we get some phenomenal Tope fishing once the Mackerel shoals arrive come June, our winter Cod fishing was once famed across the UK and our sandy bays are home to some of the UK’s finest Golden Grey Mullet fishing, something I’ve got to try my hand at.

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If the Tope are in you can expect plenty of them!

As far as places go for Surfing and Fishing, there are plenty of exceptional areas along the Cornish and Devon coastline, on both north and south coasts but I am yet to find somewhere that is like home and has that very special appeal we are so lucky to have.

Although people will move away and leave Gower, they’ll always miss home, there’s very few places as stunning and special as Gower, the place in very lucky to call home!

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