The second stage of the second of the Our Gower project walks brought us out from the muddy woodland of Bishopston Valley to the unique beach of Pwll Du. It is unique because of its deposit of stones build up over decades of limestone quarrying in the 19th century. Below the stones is a normal sandy beach and wet or dry, it is a very attractive South Gower cove.
The first day I walked this route with a school, it was wet. Like the mysteriousness of the valley woods, there was atmosphere in the bay as well. The sea fret contributed to this along with the huge piles of stones from which the children selected their favourites, the colours being more pronounced in the wet than they would have been otherwise. I have to admit, however, that the following day’s walk in the sunshine was more pleasant and relaxed.
The children balanced the stones, inspected rock pools and explored the Black Pool, or Pwll Du, created by the mouth of the river as it flowed under the stones and out again further down the beach. We also found some fascinating though unpleasant things on the beach including a spectacularly battered and rusty oil drum, a Portuguese Man of War and a poor dead seal. This was one of the results of Storm Brian which blew in a few days before.