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Rhossili (grid reference SS416880) is a small village on the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula near Swansea in Wales. It is in an area designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has a community council and is part of the Gower parliamentary constituency, and the Gower electoral ward. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... Rhossili Beach on the Gower Peninsula of South Wales The Gower Peninsula (Welsh: Gŵyr) is one of the UKs major tourist attractions and is the best-known district in Wales after Snowdonia. ... Swansea (Welsh: Abertawe, mouth of the Tawe) is a city and county in South Wales, situated on the coast immediately to the east of the Gower Peninsula. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales (AONB) is one of 41 areas in England or Wales that has been specially designated by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the United Kingdom government. ... The United Kingdom is made up of four parts - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ... Gower is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... The electoral ward of Gower, City and County of Swansea, South Wales, consists of some or all of the following areas, Ilston, Upper Killay, Bishopston, Cheriton, Fairyhill, Horton, Knelston, Landimore, Llanddewi, Llangennith, Llanmadoc, Llanrhidian, Middleton, Nicholaston, Oldwalls, Overton, Oxwich Green, Oxwich, Parkmill, Penmaen, Pennard, Penrice, Port Eynon, Reynoldston, Rhossili, Fforest...


Rhossili probably gets its name in part from the Welsh word for moorland, rhos. The second element in the name may be a reference to a St. Sulien or Sili but details are not clear. Certainly the present Norman church is dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ...


There was a local tradition that there had been an earlier village complete with church closer to the sea which had been abandoned after "besanding" in the fourteenth century. A storm and subsequent excavation of newly-exposed remains in the Warren (an area of sand dunes to the north of the present village) in 1980 helped to confirm the truth of this. (13th century - 14th century - 15th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 14th century was that century which lasted from 1301 to 1400. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Despite its relatively remote position, Rhossili is a popular tourist destination: the views from the headland and the Down are panoramic; several pleasant walks begin, end, or pass through the village; Iron Age remains are found on Rhossili Down; and the long beach attracts surfers, particularly at the Llangennith (northern) end. The electoral ward of Gower, City and County of Swansea, South Wales, consists of some or all of the following areas, Dunvant, Ilston, Killay, Sketty, Upper Killay, Bishopston, Black Pill, Cheriton, Fairyhill, Horton, Knelston, Landimore, Llanddewi, Llangennith, Llanmadoc, Llanrhidian, Middleton, Newton, Nicholaston, Oldwalls, Overton, Oxwich Green, Oxwich, Parkmill, Penmaen, Pennard...

The beach at Rhossili, Wales as seen from headland on June 30th, 2004.
The beach at Rhossili, Wales as seen from headland on June 30th, 2004.

Rhossili Bay curves along an arc running northwards from the village. The sandy beach is three miles long. Behind the beach just north of the village is Rhossili Down with the highest point on the Gower Peninsula (the Beacon) and a number of prehistoric remains. It is between Rhossili Down and the beach proper that the Warren is found. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 1072 KB) A view from the headland of Rhossili in June of 2004. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 1072 KB) A view from the headland of Rhossili in June of 2004. ...


At the southern end of the Bay is the outcrop of rock called the Worm's Head. At the north is Burry Holms. These islands are accessible at low tide only. Also at low tide, it is possible to see the remains of several wrecks, wood from the wreck of the Helvetia being the most prominent when looking north from Rhossili. Burry Holms is a small tidal island located at the northern end of the Gower Peninsula, south Wales. ...


National Trust

The National Trust owns and protects much land on the Gower Peninsula. The Trust operates a visitor centre near the Warren, the Down, Worm's Head, Rhossili beach and coastal cliffs. The standard of the National Trust The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as The National Trust, is a British preservation organization. ... A visitor center is a place where visitors to a location can get information on the areas attractions, lodging, maps, and other items relevant to tourism. ...


References

  • A Guide to Gower, published by the Gower Society, ISBN 0-902767-23-2
  • Rhossili Parish Church and the old Church in the Warren by Robert Lucas, published by Rhossili Parochial Church Council, 2000.

External link

  • Rhossili Visitor Centre information at the National Trust

 
 

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