Map of World Visitors
We have had so many visitors from so many places around the world that it was decided to start marking them on a map. The accompanying World Map, with all its blue dots, shows just how popular a place Gower is.
If there is no blue dot showing your home then come and visit us and place a dot for us!
Extracts from the Visitors' Book
Visitors come from all over the globe. Without even trying one can see entries from:
Aurora, Canada - Kazakstan - Switzerland - Monkey Island, Phoenix, Arizona Great explanation of tides - Dunedin, New Zealand - South Africa - Poland - Canberra, Australia - Paris Magnifique paysage - Galicia - San Francisco - Montpellier, France - Seattle - Toronto - Macedonia - China - Switzerland - Austria - Japan - Belgium I didn't know this beauty existed - Dublin - Sweden - Hannover, Germany - Auckland, Australia As beautiful as 26 years ago - Tuscany - Holland - Agra, India - The Phillipines - Pakistan - Tasmania - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania Wind! - and waves and kind watchers - Czech Republic - Israel - Rajasthan, India - Montreal - Taipei - Audierne, France As beautiful as Brittany - Slovenija - Brazil – these were the charity workers just escaped from Chad and on their way to Canada (?). They wrote Great to admire God's creation and beauty! -
Entries vary from the standard: “Beautiful view”, “Stunning”, “Wish I lived near” ...
To the striking: “MEN IN UNIFORM! YUM!”
Some are factual:
"Just visiting. Wonderful day. Useful info.”
"On holiday hope to go fishing”
"Made Devil's Bridge in 40 minutes”
"Many visits to this wonderful place, including 50th birthday party”
"Coming back to Welsh roots. Wonderful.”
"The reason I came to Worms Head is because of Susan Howarth's book The Wheel of Fortune and based on notes I received from the author.”
Some are grateful:
"Lovely place, lovely people.”
"Thanks for the enthusiasm with the children”
"Fantastic view and a very necessary service. Amazing volunteers”
"Thanks for being here. Protect this beauty.”
"Fantastic informative morning.”
"Thanks for shelter for us – and the woodlice!”
Some are directly related to what we do:
"If only you had been here when my Mum was stranded on the Worm about 10 years ago” (Mum didn't like that one!)
A couple from Calgary, Alberta,Canada did get cut off (well, there's no sea at Calgary).
She wrote "Insanity came over me and I experienced soaking wet clothes.”
He wrote "Interesting adventure – we were quite lucky. Thank you very much for help and a warm cup of tea.”
Some are interesting:
"General of the National Guard, Saudi Arabia”
"My father was involved in the dismantling of HMS Vanguard in the late 1940s. One of the cabin lights was removed and used as a bedroom light from 1955 until 1969 when it was lost in a move.”
"Spotted Rank tall ship HMS Nelson for students with disability.”
"Our son-in-law works for the Canadian Coastguard in Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada.”
"I live near the Bay of Fundy which has the highest tides in the world “ - the only ones higher than here.
"Bigger tides than the Pilbara in Western Australia. Check the Horizontal Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia.”
And our youngest-ever visitor, of an Indian family living in Swansea:
"Emily Jane Negi, aged 5 weeks. Thanks so much for the great opportunity – especially for my sisters (over from India, who had never seen the sea before) and the new-born baby. Hope to see you again with Emily.”
And some are just fascinating:
"The last time we passed Worms Head we were paddling our canoes around Wales from the Severn Bridge to the Dee in Chester.”
"Monitoring the Quatenary GCR site on Worms Head Middle Island to record the stratigraphy of the glacial and post-glacial deposits, showing evidence of the last glacial advance and the previous warm spell on the 'Patella-raised beach'.” He was describing the evidence of two Ice Ages, with a 'warm spell' in between. He said that if one found small shiny black pebbles on the Worm they could have been carried here by the ice shelf (which stopped just south of the Worm) all the way from the Giant's Causeway.
We have also had two separate couples who got engaged on the Outer Head of the Worm and came in so that they could find someone to tell. Nothing memorable was recorded but we were very touched!
Visitor Book Revisited
Entries accumulate and though most of them, to Ted's dismay, still fall into the “Breathtaking views” or “Loverly (sic) sights” category, at least that's right.
Visitors come from all over the world and exclaim at the view, even someone from Katmandu - and one might have thought they had pretty good ones of their own. We have had “Best regards from the Vikings”, from Denmark of course; a lady from Peru who had a photo of Rhossili Bay on her calendar and had always wanted to check it out; and someone from Hawaii who reckoned it “the most perfect day on our visit to Wales”.
“Windy, rainy with fog and sheep. Full of charm and a fabulous welcome after it”, is a comment from a grateful French family. “One of the best places we visited. Fantastic to see the seals”, says someone from Saudi Arabia. “An oasis! ” (?) says an enthusiast from Running Springs, California.
Glancing through the pages, there have been people from all over Britain, from Amritsar, Jordan, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Japan. New Zealand, Hawaii … or on one recent single Sunday, messages from Canadians, Americans, Australians, Ghanains and visitors from Puerto Rico. It really is amazing how they all find their way to the very end of the Gower Peninsula, in Wales.
Random entries include “Red nose day barefoot walk” (local children with very muddy feet on a cold day); “Looking for Blue Pool and the Silver Dollar Ship”; “Back to old childhood haunts, there is nowhere like Gower”; “Writing for a Breton uncle that in 1913 visited here with his Welsh girlfriend”; “Never mind the rain, keep walking”; “Blown away!”; or, more confusingly: “Where is the RSPB hide?” (I don't think we have one?)
There are occasional visitors from other Coastwatch stations: “From one station to another” (Nell's Point);. “We have a nice view but not as good as yours!” (Boscastle).
There are references to specific events: “It was hard work, Daddy”, a comment made after father and son had uplifted the anchor of the Samuel from its bed on the Shipway below the Lookout. It had to be put back in its original position later!
A trend to the literary apppears with a reference to “A Writers' Paradise”. We have had a visit from David Cledlyn Jones, author of The Enemy we Killed, my Friend and from someone who “visited here after reading Susan Howach's Wheel of Fortune about a house called Oxmoon and the Worm's Head”.
People visit and re-visit – lots came here as children or visit frequently, some both:
“My father came here in 1912 – I have been back every year of my 75 years, apart from the War”;
“Here for reunion visit 30 years after being stuck on Worms Head!”
Memories are recalled:
“During the War I used this hut as a stopping-off point … [I remember] carrying a bomb here from Rhossili Beach and getting into trouble with the coastguard and my parents ...”
“Pembrey Beach. When it was RAF and not open to the public the beach was full of dead calves and flotsam, pallets etc. This was nearly 40 years ago.”
“Excellent view of Lundy. I visited the island in June 1970 on the day that the Great Britain was being towed back from the Falklands. It was a group visit from Barry/Weston/Minehead/Ilfracombe for 10 of us after we completed final exams at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology.”
A couple last week wrote: “Took v. nice pics of 2 X teddy bears for NZ kids! And Coastwatch people who were v. nice!” They apparently take photos of the teddies, one for each grandchild, wherever they go (like the photos of the garden gnome who travels the world in Amelie).
But I think my favourite entry is by the girl who said that the last time she was here was when she was canoeing around Wales from the Severn Bridge to the River Dee. She had camped on Worms Head as they passed.
And lastly, the brief, clever remarks: “Thanks for TCP and TLC.”; or still the cheekiest: “Men in uniform. Yum!”