Frequently asked questions

Q. Why is it called worms head?

A. “wurm or wyrm” is an old viking word for serpent or dragon.

Q. How far is it to the end?

A. One and a half miles.

Q. How long will it take?

A. 20 minutes or so to the grass of the inner head (N.B. Not exactly a causeway, mainly rocks) and after that it depends...

Q. Why is it unsafe to wade or swim?

A. Because of the currents, and water sweeping in from both sides when the causeway closes.

Q. Can people camp out there?

A. No. It belongs to the National Trust.

Q. What is tidal range?

A. The difference between low and high water. It can be as much as 12 metres.

Q. Is it true that the Bristol Channel has the second biggest tidal range in the world?

A. Yes, after the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Q. What is the anchor on the causeway?

A . The anchor is from the Samuel, Norwegian coal carrier, wrecked in 1884. Crew saved.

Q. What are the seals?

A. Grey seals. They are up to 2.5 metres long and can weigh as much as 300kgs or over. Seal pups are born in September/October and are white for a couple of weeks.

Q. What is the hut down there (kitchen corner)?

A. It was a fishing hut but unoccupied now. For sale recently for £100,000! [2009] no facilities - light, water, or toilet, and furniture has to be moved by rope. The building is called Coonans after Mr Coonan who built it.

Q. What is the house in the middle of the bay?

A. The old rectory. The parson used to have Rhossili and Llangennith and get to both on horseback. It is reputed to be haunted but ... Now rented out by the National Trust with a waiting list of a couple of years.

Q. How far is it to walk to:

End of worm one and a half miles
Mewslade one and a half miles
Overton/Port Eynon five miles