Whiteford Lighthouse and Cwm Ivy Tor are located on the coast at Whiteford Point near Whiteford Sands, on the Gower peninsula, south Wales. The lighthouse is the only remaining cast iron lighthouse surrounded by the sea in the United Kingdom. It was built in 1865. The tower is 61ft high and made up of eight courses of cast iron plates. The light was extinguished in 1921. When the tide is out you are able to walk up to and around the lighthouse. It’s strangely beautiful.
To get there by car: B4295 to Llanrhidian, then C road to Llanmadoc. Continue through the village till you get to Cwm Ivy. A private car park with an honesty box is on the right hand side of the road, once parked head down the hill and through the National Trust gate towards Cwm Ivy Tor. You will come to Burrows cottage on your right nestled in a tall treed forest, head on the path through here and onto the sand dunes beach, you will see the lighthouse in the distance to the right.
Our walk took around 3 hours, beach combing and playing along the way, we found bottled treasure and roman coins which I planted secretly along the route.
Here’s how we got on.
It was windy and the girls flew their scarves..
We found lobster pots and shells..
We found awesome worm holes..
The lighthouse was in the distance..
We stumbled over shipwreck remains..
We explored the shipwreck and then headed towards the lighthouse
The closer we got the more impressive it looked..
When we got closer we discovered the tide had came in around the base of the light house..
As we were about to leave the lighthouse the girls discovered a bottle of treasure!!!
We scooped up the treasure and headed back with the tide chasing us..
Beach combing as we went..
The girls found some gold coins!! (Roman coins I had bought in a castle gift shop for 20p each & secretly placed)
We explored the dunes and looked at the way he wind was uncovering buried things..
Noah played his crab pot drum 🙂
Then we headed back up over the path through the dunes and the forest to return to the car, we looked at exposed tree roots on the way..
We got back to the car ands enjoyed our flask of tea and yummy biscuits…
It certainly blew the cobwebs away and we collected lots of beach combed treasures….