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Worm’s Head Rhossili Bay
Worm’s Head is a tiny tidal island at the southern tip of the three mile long sandy beach at Rhossili Bay. Rhossili Bay itself is the UK’s best beach and ranks as one of the top ten beaches in the world, ranking higher than Greek and Thai beaches and in the same class as Anse Lazio in the Seychelles and, Brazilian beach, Baia do Sancho on the Atlantic island of Fernando de Noronha.
Historically the head was named ‘Wurm’ by Viking invaders, meaning dragon. Worm’s Head is a short detour from the Wales Coast Path and can be explored, when safe to do so, at low tide. The headland is one mile (1,600 m) long, and the highest point is 150 feet (around 45 metres). It is possible to cross during a two and an half hour window around low tide, so it is worth checking tide timetables or speaking with volunteers at the National Coastwatch Lookout at the station by Worm’s Head. You might also consider using the TidesPlanner App if you have an iPhone or other iOS device. Location of Worm’s Head is Latitude: 51° 33.89′ N, Longitude: 4° 18.28′ W. Never attempt a crossing if there is insufficient time to return to the mainland.
Rhossili Bay features in Danny Boyle’s official opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. A choir can be seen singing ‘Bread of Heaven’, which is also often sung by Welsh Rugby fans at matches. The post capture was made from the hills above Rhossili Beach in May this year.
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