Worm's Head Rhossili

Victoria Kidgell

Sheffield, United Kingdom

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The Rhossili islet of Worm’s Head (known locally as “The Worm”) winds more than two kilometres out into the Atlantic Ocean and is the Gower Peninsula’s most westerly tract of land. The islet is 1.61 kilometres long and is attached to the mainland by a 0.5 kilometre rocky causeway that is exposed for about five and a half hours at low water during calm weather.

The name dates back to the time when the original Viking marauders first crossed the Atlantic towards the shore of Rhossili. As they headed on into the bay, it would have been a great spectacle for these warrior men to see this startling, twisted land mass loom towards them like some majestic leviathon. And so it was that the Viking’s title for this islet was sealed as “The Wurme” – meaning Dragon/Serpent. Over time, this became corrupted to our present day “Worm’s Head.” However, it is very interesting to note just how many people still refer to Gower’s most famous natural wonder with a name far closer to the Viking original.

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