The village of Llanmadoc with the hamlets of Cheriton, Cwm Ivy & Landimore
I really don't know why more people don't choose to stay in this area, because I think that it is one of the most beautiful areas of Gower. Undulating fields and mature woodlands, stretching downwards, through nature reserves to salt marshes, sand dunes and Whiteford sands; so much diversity of plant and bird life and breathtaking views.
Whiteford sands is reached through the small hamlet of Cwm Ivy. A walk that will take at least three hours can start at the car park in Cwm Ivy, and progress to Whiteford Lighthouse and then circle back on the beach to Hills Tor and follow the track back through the nature reserve to the car park.
One of my highlights from the area was seeing a heron standing in the road at Landimore – shame it was camera shy!
The church in Cheriton is one of the most beautiful in Gower and is thought to have been built to replace a church in Landimore (a former port and weaving village) that was affected by the encroachment of the sea.
A great place for walkers and orinthologists – you can walk for miles and not meet another person.
Walk to shop/Inn/food/beach. Linen/towels provided. Logburner with logs. Children welcome. 2 bedrooms, 3 beds. Patio. DVD/Sky/books/games. Parking. WIFI broadband. No smoking. Dogs welcome (beach is dog friendly).
Whiteford Burrows is a dune and pine plantation, just North of Llanmadoc. Owned by the National Trust, it is classified as one of the many National Nature Reserves that we have on Gower.
St Madoc is reputed to have founded a church here in the 6th century, and the present building is 13th century.
The tiny ‘Cathedral of Gower’ was probably built in the early 14th century to replace the one at Landimore, abandoned due to the encroachment of the sea. The tower, without transepts, is between the nave and chancel, an uncommon design in South Wales.
Please view the area map below to get your bearings and familiarise yourself with the roads. The table shows the approximate travelling times by car, from Llanmadoc, to the various villages.
Map of the Gower Peninsula
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