Last week I was working on flight cases, Poly Transit Cases and Padded Bags from the Gower office in Swansea.
It is understand why Gower has long been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Indeed, it is hard to travel very far throughout the peninsula without stumbling on similar scenes of breathtaking beauty.
Gower can effectively be divided into three main sections. Firstly the precipitous south coast characterised by Limestone crags, especially at the western end toward Worms Head. Secondly, the central plateau of Cefn Bryn rising to around 500ft – this is an area of rugged moorland, ancient stone cairns and panoramic views, which on clear days, extend to Pembrokeshire and Devon as well as the whole Gower. Finally, the quieter north coast, fringed with marshes and mud flaps where wild horses, sheep and cattle graze among the many inlets and sand dunes that meander into the landscape from the Lougher Estuary.
The name ‘Gower’ is thought to be a derivative of the term ‘Meini Gwyr’, meaning ‘Land of the stone men’. Indeed, many parts of the North Gower are notable for standing stones, the most well known being Arthur’s stone on Cefyn Bryn. However, it is now widely accepted that Gwyr is of early descriptive origin, and probably refers to the shape of the Gower peninsula itself. Incidentally, the area is often mistakenly referred to as ‘The Gower’ whereas the correct name is simply ‘Gower’
West of Mumbles, another place of beauty, the limestone cliffs are punctuated at regular intervals by the wide sandy bays for which Gower is famed, such as Langland, Caswell, Oxwich, Three Cliffs, Mewslade and finally as the coastline veers north, Rhissili, which faces the open Atlantic. After rounding the promontory of Burry Holms, the sand dunes of Whiteford Burrows which is close to where the Dragon Cases Gower office is located and the Llanrhidian Marsh contrast completely with the drama of the cliffs to the south. The whole of North Gower is a haven for birdwatchers and naturalists alike.
Brad J. Bradshaw