March 10 Gower Tour
The Tour was kindly organised by Ken Davies. Warm coats and stout boots were the order of the day when 38 members, in 20 cars, embarked on the 12th annual R14 Gower Tour, held, thankfully, in dry but cold spring weather. This year's tour saw participants, in a comprehensive variety of the Porsche marque, cover 44 miles of the picturesque peninsula designated Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956.
Focused on the north of the area, and 35 minutes after leaving the meeting point just off the M4 north of Swansea, the crocodile of cars arrived at Weobley Castle, overlooking Llanrhidian Marsh and the Loughor estuary. The fortified manor dates from the 13th century and was attacked and damaged by the forces of Owain Glyndwr in 1403. It was the home of the de la Bere family until the 15th century.
After taking in the views from this guardian of the estuary. the group took coffee al fresco in the shadow of the castle keep; unorthodox, but ensuring no one missed out on their share of fresh Gower air!
From there, the group headed to the far west of the peninsula to take lunch at Eddy's iconic restaurant overlooking the dunes at surfer's favourite Llangennith beach, recently voted number three in the list of Europe's finest beaches. As it was Mother's Day, the ladies were issued with a traditional glass of champagne and chocolates before the group drove a circuitous route to Rhosilli at the opposite end of the beach - time to wrap up warm and yomp to the NCI outpost in the former Coastguard station sitting on the headland overlooking Worms Head.
The National Coastwatch Institution volunteers made us welcome and explained the role the NCI plays around the coast of our island, commendably supported entirely by voluntary contributions. The objective of the 46 NCI stations, sited in various parts of the coast of England and Wales, is to safeguard lives on rocks and cliffs as well as all forms of marine traffic.
Following the brisk walk back from the headland and the swift use of Dr Porsche's efficient heating systems, the group concluded the tour with a drive back to Swansea via Cefn Bryn; the highest point of Gower. Judging from the smiling red faces and words of appreciation, everyone enjoyed their 'healthy' day in Gower; the good company and, of course, driving their beloved Porsches on unspoilt Gower roads. Roll on 2014, when R14 will explore more of glorious Gower!
Reproduced by kind permission of the Porsche Club of Great Britain