Go to Gower for ‘saints and adders’

4 June 2015, Comments Comments Off on Go to Gower for ‘saints and adders’

gower pic by martin boweringNo, it’s not a new board game. ‘Saints and adders’ are among the attractions at A Rocha UK’s wildlife break on the Gower peninsula this summer.

From 7th-13th September, holidaymakers will be able to see a snake, walk to a lighthouse, run down a sand dune and follow the steps of Celtic saints – all at the St Madoc Centre – part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network.


They can enjoy walks, dramatic scenery and home-cooked food with like-minded people at the Gower venue. Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio will speak on ‘God and Creation in the book of Isaiah’. This will be Ruth’s own first visit to St Madoc’s. ‘I’ve heard how much people enjoyed it last year,’ she said, ‘so I’m looking forward to being there myself.’

The first of A Rocha UK’s holidays on the Gower took place last year (pictured – photo by Martin Bowering). Activities included a reptile survey, an inspiring walk taking in the Whiteford Sands and a volunteering day.

Marine expert Dr Bob Sluka led a day on Broughton Beach rockpooling, with lunch on the rocks and a paddle through a prehistoric forest. He spoke on ‘Hidden things of God in the ocean – marine life and the Bible’.


One visitor said last year’s holiday ‘exceeded all expectations’. Others praised the staff for a ‘well-run centre’ with ‘delicious, wholesome home-cooked food’. It was ‘a unique opportunity to get to know other A Rocha UK supporters,’ said another.

Accommodation will be in single sex dormitories on bunk beds (lower beds only). Bed linen will be provided. Cost is £300.

The Gower holiday is a partnership between A Rocha UK and St Madoc Centre, a charitably run residential centre founded in the 1940s. For more information, visit here, email or phone 01792 386291.