Much of the Gower is farmland, but the area to the west of Rhossili village is particularly interesting because it is still farmed using the Medieval strip-field system. Fields in this area (known as ‘The Vile’) are divided into strips by stone banks or hedges. Farmers are them allocated strips in different fields. Some fields are used for crops, whilst others are grazed by sheep.
Some of the deep tracks between the fields are public footpaths, so you can follow in the footsteps of the medieval farmers through this rare surviving landscape, and enjoy the spectacular coastal views at the same time. Look out for wild flowers on the earth banks and verges, and enjoy the blackberries in August/ September!
If you are feeling energetic, there is a good view of the layout of the fields and strips from the lower slopes of Rhossili Down.
While you are in Rhossili village, take some time to visit the church, with its memorial to Edgar Evans who perished on the return from the South Pole with Captain Scott in 1912. A corner of the churchyard is dedicated to unknown sailors from the many ships which have been wrecked off this coast.