Swansea & Gower The Gower Peninsula lies to the west of Swansea, and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The landscape is dotted with castles, standing stones and other ancient monuments. Its geology is predominantly Carboniferous Limestone, with Millstone Grit at Oxwich and Old Red Sandstone at Rhossili Down. Along the southern shore are the popular sandy beaches of Langland, Caswell, Three Cliffs, Oxwich and Port Eynon. Rhossili Down overlooks the surf beaches of the western coast and is the Gower Peninsula's highest point at 632 feet. The northern coast has no beaches to speak of. Gower roads tend to be narrow and winding, and have improved little over the years. Slow journeys can be expected at peak times, and maybe not what you need if you've already had a long drive.
CarmarthenshireCarmarthenshire has a relatively short coastline, but its section of the Wales Coastal Path is 68 miles long, having to make extensive inland detours around the Towy and Taf estuaries. With a length of about 7½ miles, Pembrey is easily its best beach and is backed by Pembrey Country Park. Inland, Carmarthenshire has some impressive scenery with rolling hills and deep wooded valleys, becoming mountainous towards the north-east. The once-endangered Red Kite can often be seen soaring in Carmarthenshire skies. Unfortunately it's not a good choice for walking, as many of its inland footpaths are in a terrible condition.