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The newsletter for tourism and leisure providers in Swansea and Gower in association with Clyne Farm Centre  

Welcome…… with Easter now upon us it's good to see some of the countryside returning to normality. Advantage Gower will continue to bring useful information to help us all win and maintain visitors throughout the year.

According to Jonathan Miller in The Sunday Times the opening of footpaths has been as a result of a central government directive. Whatever the reason it's good to see restrictions lifted. Locally, however, there are still anomalies - Clyne Common is open, Cefn Bryn is closed.

Details of Foot and Mouth (FMD) and the minimal effect it has had on Swansea and Gower on our website. We have also complied a list of open and accessible attractions in the area - please let us know of any others that we can add.

As a result of the last edition of Advantage Gower we've had a visit to Clyne Farm Centre from Welsh Assembly Minister Andrew Davies (see below).

Now that the sun is starting to shine (a little!) this edition of Advantage Gower looks at some of the activities that you can recommend to your guests over Easter.

We welcome feedback so that we can provide just the right amount of information to encourage visitors to come to the area and stay longer once they have arrived.


Holiday Activities at Clyne Farm Centre
Assembly Minister Visits Clyne Farm Centre
Adopt a Pony Days
Out and About in Gower
Eating Out

Next Edition Places to go on Gower

Holiday Activities at Clyne Farm Centre

FREE TASTER SESSIONS Our FREE activity taster sessions are a popular feature for guests staying at Clyne Farm. Now we are extending these to people staying at our partner accommodation providers. Booking in advance is neede but you will have to be quick as there are only a limited number of places. The only conditions are:

  • booking in advance on 01792 403333
  • limited to ages eight and upwards
  • limited to guests staying with you for five days or more

Activities Can include archery, indoor climbing, orienteering and horseriding

Times Monday 9 April 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Among the people taking advantage of last week's taster were Andrew Gardiner and his three children - Jack, PJ and Hannah - who were staying with Mark and Angie at the Culver House Hotel in Port Eynon.

Last week it was flat calm for our surfing day so we are hoping for something better this week.  Simon's special super soft beginners boards ensure that you can get started in almost any conditions.

Our other activity days revolve around our range of outdoor activities including archery, indoor climbing, orienteering, horseriding, climbing and abseiling, gorge walking, rock hopping, caving, canoeing and Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world!!!!! 

We have a weekend special of Caving and Canoeing on Saturday followed by an on-site day on Sunday

ACTIVITIES for week beginning Monday 16th April 2001

Monday 16th April 9.30-12.30 and 13.00-16.00

On-Site Taster Session Can include archery, indoor climbing, horseriding Ages eight to adult Cost Free to residents and guests of partner organisations

Tuesday 17th April 9.00 - 13.00

Canoeing Knab Rock or River Tawe. Ages ten to adult Cost £15 per person Transport not included 
20.00 Man - the biggest threat to the planet A conservation talk with a difference. Slides and animals with Paul Llewellyn. Cost £3 per person Ages seven to adult
Wed 18th April 9.30- 13.00 The Cliff Challenge Climb and Abseil at Bracelet Bay  Ages ten to adult Cost £15 per person Transport not included
13.00 - 16.30 Coastal Challenge Rock hopping, sea cave exploration, beach games Ages ten to adult Cost £12 per person or Full Day £22 per person packed lunch required, transport not included
Thurs 19th April 9.00 - 13.00 Surf Challenge Beginners surf day at Caswell bay Ages ten to adult Cost £15 per person Transport not included
14.00 Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world!!! Achievable but very good fun Ages eight to adult Cost £10 per person. Change of clothes a must!
Friday 20th April 9.00-16.30 The Clyne Challenge A morning which can include horseriding, archery and indoor climbing  and Challenge Valley in the afternoon. Change of clothes and packed lunch needed Ages eight to adult Cost £22 per person Half Day £12 per person
Saturday 21st April 9.00-16.30 Waterfall Country A big buzz day of action underground plus kayaking on river or canal Ages 14 to adult Transport not included Cost £35 per person (packed lunch required)
Sunday 21st April 9.00-16.30 The Clyne Challenge A morning which can include horseriding, archery and indoor climbing  and Challenge Valley in the afternoon. Change of clothes and packed lunch needed Ages eight to adult Cost £22 per person Half Day £12 per person

You can find further details of our full or half day activities (Details) or holidaying in our very popular self catering cottages. Details on our website.

Assembly Minister visits Clyne Farm Centre

Assembly Business Manager, Andrew Davies, called in to see us at Clyne Farm Centre last week as part of the Assembly's drive to show that the countryside is open. In stark contrast to other politicians who looked uneasy in the great outdoors Andrew came dressed to watch a number of activities including Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world.

We had a better understanding of what is going on and Andrew went away thinking that a teambuilding day at Clyne Farm would be just the thing for his staff and the Assembly's civil servants. 

Andrew would welcome your views on any subject particularly those related to Swansea - e mail him at 

Adopt a Pony Days 

Now that both Clyne Common and Clyne Valley Country Park are fully operational we are able to offer our usual riding routes. Adopt a Pony days continue to be very popular as they are a great way for parents to have some time to themselves while the children come to us and look after a pony for a day. 

Full details of our hacks and lessons are on our web site as well as pictures of the horses and staff. 

Thought of the Week FMD is endemic in South Africa. It is passed from the native buffalo to cows, pigs and sheep. The South African government has just announced a big export drive to fill the markets vacated by European countries. Even this country, and other European countries, import meat from there and Zimbawe, Argentina and others who have the disease. Why?

Out and About in Gower

Rather than give a walk this week we are listing the areas that are fully open on Gower. By now you can get to nearly every beach either directly or by walking from one that is open.

Every beach that has road access is open. The often forgotten Swansea Bay is well worth a visit particularly for a long, bracing walk. In the east Bracelet in the east through Limeslade, Langland and Caswell; Three Cliffs and Pobbles; Port Eynon and Horton; Oxwich; Rhossili; Llangennith from Hill End; Broughton but not the path from Broughton to Llangennith.

Unfortunately you can't walk on Cefn Bryn but the sheep are roaming all over Reynoldston village.

Eating Out 

If you are old enough to remember the Big Apple at Bracelet you will have seen many changes in this charming bay close to Mumbles lighthouse. Not so long ago Bracelet was down and out only coming to life at night when Neptune's nightclub was open. Now that has been replaced by the Italian family restaurant of Castellamare. In Cornwall its commonplace to have restaurants, cafes and pubs right on the beach but this is one of the few places on Gower that caters for its visitors. 

Great views of the lighthouse and Clyne Farm customers climbing and abseiling on the opposite side of the bay (Details). A good atmosphere and facilities - everything from an ice cream to a three course meal plus public loos, a children's play area and a large car park.

If it.s full to overflowing try Fortes Cafe at Limeslade.


  • Getting the most out of activities.
  • Walk of the week

Geoff Haden
Clyne Farm Centre
Westport Avenue
Swansea SA3 5AR tel 01792 403333 fax 01792 403339 
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