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Worm's Head, Rhossili

#5 of 10 in Nature in Swansea County
Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Worm's Head (Welsh: Pen Pyrod) is a headland which is the furthest westerly point on the Gower Peninsula, at Rhossili, part of the City and County of Swansea, Wales. The name Worm's Head is derived from an Old English word for 'dragon'. The headland of carboniferous limestone comprises three islands: the Inner Head, Middle Head and Outer Head. In total it is approximately a mile long, and the Inner Head up to 200 yards wide. Worm's Head is only accessible on foot for ​2 1⁄2 hours either side of high tide, via a causeway from the mainland.
The poet Dylan Thomas initially described the Worm's Head as "the very promontory of depression" and was forced once to spend the night on the Head after being trapped by the tide.
In August 2020 seven visitors were rescued by the coastguard after getting stranded on Worm's Head by the incoming tide. In September 2020 seven Swansea University students also had to be rescued after becoming stranded.
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  • Easy flat walking from a National trust car park to the end of the mainland. Fabulous views but crossing over to the Worm itself at low tide is only recommended for the fit and adventurous  more »
  • This is one of many stunning spots in the gower peninsula. When the tide is low you can walk along the headland to the end but have to time it carefully to avoid getting stranded.  more »
  • Is a adventure getting to the end of worms head and back great accomplishment x
  • A hard walk but worth it for the views. Take care crossing to the Devil Bridge.

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