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Photograph Taken On Saturday, February 1, 2020

Worm's Head is a narrow, tidal island, joined by a causeway to a promontory on the south side of Rhossili Bay, and it forms the western most point of the Gower Peninsula. Like the smaller island on the north side of the bay (Burry Holms), the headland is formed of relatively resistant carboniferous limestone; the intermediate rocks, along the three mile bay, are softer Old Red Sandstone and hence these have eroded more quickly, leaving the exposed spurs at either side. The promontory is a flat-topped area about 175 feet above the sea, at the level of an ancient beach, and is partly lined by cliffs but slopes down less steeply at the far side to a band of exposed rocks along the shoreline, separated at high tide by a quarter of a mile of open water from the island, which was so named due to its long, slender, serpentine outline, 'wyrm' being an ancient term for a dragon.. Worm's Head is reachable for about 2.5 hours either side of low tide, giving a five hour access window, plenty long enough for the round-trip, from the edge of the promontory, of 2.5 miles. Including the walk from the nearest parking area, in the village of Rhossili, the total is 4.5 miles; the hike affords a spectacular views of the island, the cliffs of the promontory, Rhossili Bay, Rhossili Downs, and the coastline to the east, while added interest comes from rock formations, spring/summer wildflowers, the plentiful tide pools, and a herd of sheep that graze the mainland. There are also two historic sites nearby - earthworks from an Iron Age fort along the north edge of the promontory, and the remains of a medieval field system ('the Vile') at the centre.View image on Flickr

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