Three Cliffs Bay is one of the most photographed
places on the peninsula, with great tracts of golden sand beneath towering
cliffs culminating in three linked peaks. The heavily folded limestone
strata of the cliffs is punctured by an archway leading to the quiet
Pobbles Beach, which appears to be an extension of Three Cliffs Bay
until the tide rises and the cliffs separate the two. The sandy Penmaen
Burrows fringe the bay to the west, with traces of Norman earthworks
and a prehistoric burial chamber. Pennard Burrows mirror them to the
east, with the spectral, sand-eroded ruins of mysterious Pennard Castle
and its neighbouring church perched high above the bay.
and Three Cliffs Bay from Pennard Cliffs Copyright
© 2003 Julian
Inland you will discover yet more history and atmosphere.
In a wooded valley north of Parkmill is the Neolithic Parc le Breos
burial chamber, also known as Giant’s Grave and dating from 4000
BC. Nearby to the north is Cathole Cave, where in 1968 flint tools were
found that suggest human occupation in around 12000 BC.
From the dominating height of Cefn Bryn there are superlative views
westwards to Rhossili Downs (the highest point in Gower), east towards
Swansea, north to the Burry Estuary and beyond to Dyfed, and south over
the Bristol Channel and the English coastline. Cefn Bryn was a focal
point for prehistoric ceremonies, and the area still contains dozens
of burial mounds, many of which disappear beneath summer gorse and bracken
only to re-emerge in the winter.
Pennard Castle © Neil Collier