Cefn Bryn on Gower

Submitted by Timwoods on 04 February 2010
OS Explorer Map: 164 - Gower
(4 votes)
A linear, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in Wales starting at Knelston, West Glamorgan, about 10.1km (roughly 6.3 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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Gower, just beyond Swansea, is a fine place for walking. For excellent views across this region, do this short walk up the Old Red Sandstone ridge of Cefn Bryn, the second highest point. Start from Knelston and climb over the hill to Penmaen. Both villages have good bus links to Swansea, and to each other.
Start: Knelston, OS Grid: SS468889
End: A4118, Ilston, OS Grid: SS531887
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 164m (539ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 297m (974ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 132m (435ft)
Max. Elevation: 180m (590ft)

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OS Grid: SS468889
Start in Knelston, on the southern side of the ridge. A footpath heading northeast leads you past the splendidly named Puck's Hollow and across farmland to Reynoldston.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SS480899
Pass through the town to the ascent up Cefn Bryn on the northern side. The path up starts just by the Post Office. Beware - it's a steep climb! when you reach the top, pick up the bridleway that runs along the length of the ridge.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SS492906
Just over the brow of the ridge is Maen Ceti, or Arthur's Stone. This is a neolithic burial ground. Find, appreciate, and return to the bridleway.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SS492898
Cefn Bryn is known as the backbone of Gower, and as you walk along it, you will soon see why. Stuck near the centre, it offers fantastic views all over the peninsula. You may also find yourself sharing the view with sheep or wild ponies.
About 2.7 km (roughly 1.7 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SS518889
Towards the far-eastern end, you will reach the high point of the ridge at 188m. Hoorah! From here, it's a short but steep climb down to Penmaen.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SS531887
Finish your walk in Penmaen, where there are buses on to Swansea or back to Knelton.
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Richard Beale  commented on 07 October 2011
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This is a good walk but this description contains fundamental grammatical errors. Firstly it is NOT The Gower as in the title 'Cefn Bryn on the Gower' but 'Cefn Bryn on Gower'. Secondly it is not The Gower Peninsular,but The Gower Peninsula.
Timwoods  commented on 07 October 2011
Thanks Richard, all corrected. Although the second one was technically a spelling error, not grammtical ;0)
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