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Cefn Bryn on Gower

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in West Glamorgan, Wales, about 8.00km (4.97 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 114m (374ft)
Descent 82m (269ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 196m (643ft)
A4118, Ilston
Distance 8.00km
Duration ~2:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 04 Feb 2010
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.

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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.
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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 1.65 km (~1.03 miles) from
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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 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
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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 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
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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 2.72 km (~1.69 miles) from
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Finish your walk in Penmaen, where there are buses on to Swansea or back to Knelton.
About 1.35 km (~0.84 miles) from

2 comments... join the discussion!

07 Oct 2011

Thanks Richard, all corrected. Although the second one was technically a spelling error, not grammtical ;0)

Richard Beale
07 Oct 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.

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