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  1. Almost 400 people took part in the Midsummer Skinny Dip at Rhossili beach this weekend, raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the National Trust. Watch the National Trust video of the event on You Tube. The news has subsequently gone global, reaching as far as Australia and has been...

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  2. I was on Gower at the weekend to open the annual Gower walking festival at Caswell Bay. Thanks to all those who turned up and did the seven mile walk with me, which we filmed for Weatherman Walking last year. It was nice to do the walk and not be followed by the cameras but having told everyone it would stay fine, showers broke out on Saturday afternoon which were unexpected, so I had a little egg on my face... It just goes to show that no forecast is set in stone and things can change which can be both frustrating and annoying. I am confident it will stay dry on Gower today but the rest of the week looks more unsettled, low pressure will bring some unstable air, towering clouds and showers but I can promise a few sunny spells. It will be breezy at times along the coast and not that warm with top temperatures between 12 and 16 Celsius. By the way, after some persuasion I have joined the world of Twitter! You can follow my tweets here and enjoy a few pearls of meteorological wisdom or not...But if the forecast goes pear shaped, please don't be too hard on me :) Back to walks now - the Anglesey walking festival is currently on and ends on 12 June. Have a good week Derek

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  3. After all the rain last month, the sunshine is back with a vengeance for September. Bob Gibbons from Llanigon near Hay-on-Wye took this picture overlooking Rhossili and Worms Head on Gower on Bank Holiday Monday: There were lots of surfers in the sea and hundreds of families walking and picnicking. Mind you, if you were or still are camping in a tent - you'll have noticed how cold the nights are getting. On Monday night, the temperature at Tirabad in Powys and Capel Curig in Snowdonia fell to just 2 Celsius with a ground frost. While at Velindre near Glasbury it was the coldest August night since 2003. A real sign that Autumn is on the way. The reason for the low night time temperatures is because the air over us currently has come via the Arctic. With clear skies and light winds at night, all heat from the sun is lost to space causing temperatures to fall sharply. The dry weather is set to continue until at least Friday, maybe longer if high pressure holds but things are stirring again out in the Atlantic. The nights will continue to be cool but during the day it will become warmer with maximum temperatures rising into the low 20's Celsius, 72 Fahrenheit.

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  4. For fans of the BBC programme Coast, you'll be pleased to know that Gower is being featured again shortly, when the remarkable walled sea cave known as Culver Hole puts in an appearance. Believed to date from the 13th or 14th century, Culver Hole is sealed off by a sixty foot high stone wall, ...

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  5. Some of you may remember Derek Brockway visiting Worm's Head and Whiteford lighthouse in series two of Weatherman Walking back in 2008. The name Whiteford actually derives from the Viking - 'Hvit Fjord' meaning 'white fjord' and the dune system at the back of the beach known as Whiteford Burrows is owned by the National Trust. Located in the Burry Estuary off the coast at Whiteford Point on the north west of the Gower Peninsula, this 61 foot tall, cast-iron lighthouse tower is the only one of its kind left in Britain. It was built in 1865 by Llanelli Harbour and Burry Navigation Commissioners to indicate the location of Whiteford Point and its dangerous sandbanks to shipping. Various maritime disasters have occurred here over the years - the worst being in January 1868, when the entire beach was littered with dead bodies and the wreckage from 16 coal ships after a short trip from nearby Llanelli went horribly wrong. In lighthouse terms the tower is described as being 'wave-washed' which conjures up sorts of romantic imagery but in reality means it's surrounded by the sea at high tide and battered by storm surf - unlike it's softer relatives, located up on the cliff tops. It must have been a scary two week shift for any lighthouse keeper placed there during the winter months. Old keepers used to report it swaying and it had various 'improvements' done to it over the years to shore up the foundations and strengthen the metal work. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1920 when a new beacon was established at Burry Holmes but had a brief comeback when local yachtsmen petitioned for its return in the 1980s. Money was raised and for a while the now fully automated lighthouse shone once again but not for long as one of the solar units failed and was never replaced, leaving the lighthouse to stand silent. Nowadays this Grade II listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument still serves as a navigational aid but only during daylight hours. It's a stunning part of the world but take care if venturing down there as the tide can change quickly so always check the tide times and remember to add one hour during British summer time. Whiteford Sands is also renowned for its ghosts. The most famous is the 'phantom galloping' - a terrifying noise, so loud to the ears that it has long been associated with a woolly mammoth - an animal not seen since the last Ice Age but one that certainly existed in the area. The loud thundering sound of hooves originates in the direction of Broughton beach, before making its way along the beach to Whiteford Sands where it abruptly ends. Others believe it is the sound of ancient Celts running across the sands to meet Roman soldiers in battle. The noise has been well documented over the years so let me know in the comments box below if you've ever heard anything. If you wish to visit the lighthouse then the nearest car park is at Cwm Ivy near Llanmadoc. From there it's around a two mile walk to the lighthouse at the north end of the beach. Check out a panoramic view of the lighthouse. Gull

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  6. Not complete skeletons, but some interesting and very old bones, conserved by the National Trust on Gower and Cardiff University are now on display at Rhossilli. All of the bones were discovered around Gower's coastline and many belonged to animals which are now extinct - including an upper molar from a straight tusked elephant, thoracic (chest) vertebrae from a narrow nosed rhinoceros and a fallow deer antler. Some of the bones are up to 120,000 years old and will be on display for the first time, in the National Trust Visitor Centre at Rhossili. As well as the original bones, there are replicas available which any one can hold and feel.

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  7. The Gower peninsula, just to the west of Swansea, is set to become a mecca for star-gazers when a new 'dark skies' policy for the area is approved tomorrow by the city's Council cabinet.

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  8. Steve Airey from Whitchurch sent in this cracking photo from Hill End, Gower. You can see Worms Head in the background. Daisy on Holiday: Now, it's not everyday you encounter a cow taking a stroll along a beach, is it? If you're reading this and thinking to yourself, "I've got a fu...

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