Oxwich Bay from Cefn Bryn

Oxwich Bay from Cefn Bryn

Cefn Bryn is the red sandstone ‘backbone’ of Gower, dividing north from south. At the highest point, about 188m (609ft) on a clear day the views are amazing with at least six counties visible. Here looking south is the wonderful sweep of Oxwich Bay with the marshes and nature reserve behind. The North Devon coast (20 miles) can be seen across the Bristol Channel with Lundy Island (36 miles) on the horizon. Walking the length of the Bryn provides a varied landscape of much of the peninsula and its surroundings.

Arthur’s Stone, Cefn Bryn

Cefn Bryn is common land and there are many sheep, cattle and wild ponies grazing freely. Arthur’s Stone (sometimes known as King Arthur’s Stone) is at the western end, seen here with the Loughor Estuary and the Black Mountains in the distance. The stone structure, thought to date back to around 2500 BC is part of a Neolithic burial chamber with one large millstone grit boulder placed on pillar like stones. As this is unlike the other large boulders found on the Bryn the question must be ‘How was this 25 ton boulder placed so exactly and who brought it here?’

Arthur's Ston, Cefn Bryn
Worm's Head from Rhossili Down

Rhossili Down

This 193m (632ft) sandstone ridge is the highest in Gower, with spectacular views over Rhossili beach, The Worm and out into the Bristol Channel. The downs are common land and a site of special scientific interest and conservation. Habitats on the Downs are home to some rare plants and animals, the heathland is maintained by grazing sheep and ponies. There are also Neolithic burial stones on the northern end. From the Downs hang gliders and parascenders launch out over the bay helped by frequent onshore sea breezes.