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Cefn Bryn, Oxwich

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Cefn Bryn is an ancient ridge in Britain. It is a 5-mile-long Old Red Sandstone ridge in south Wales, in the heart of the Gower Peninsula, in the City and County of Swansea. Local people colloquially refer to it as the "backbone of Gower", as it protrudes from surrounding limestone. The highest point on the ridge (188m/617 ft [1]) is the second highest point in the peninsula, offering panoramic views of the surrounding country and seas. The swathes of grassland around the ridge are known as Cefn Bryn Common.

Along the ridge of the hill, banked by grassy common on both sides is the road from Cilibion to Reynoldston. The road was previously known as the Old Coal Road and Red Road. Wandering sheep, wild ponies and cows can be seen along the road. Large swells and dips can be encountered along the route, formed by swallets and sinkholes in the surrounding limestone. The highest point of the road intersects with the ridge summit.

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  • The main attraction to see on this ridge is King Arthur's Stone, a Neolithic burial chamber. This particular burial chamber isn't among the greatest constructed but is still interesting to see, with.....  more
    The main attraction to see on this ridge is King Arthur's Stone, a Neolithic burial chamber. This particular burial chamber isn't among the greatest constructed but is still interesting to see, with.....  more »
  • Lots of grass and sky... unless the clouds are down. Beautiful views to the north and east and west... unfortunately to the south you can see England... so its not all amazing. 
    Lots of grass and sky... unless the clouds are down. Beautiful views to the north and east and west... unfortunately to the south you can see England... so its not all amazing.  more »
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  • From the wealthy enclave of Penmaen, past Reynoldston and down to Burry Green stretches the flat, undulating down of Cefn Bryn. Second only in height to Rhossili Down on Gower. As you stand at the water reservoir, look to the south, over Nicholaston Burrows directly beneath you, in the distance, on the north Devon coast is Dunkery Beacon, high point of Exmoor. To the west, way in the distance beyond the Iron Age fort on Llanmadoc Down, the blue Preselli Hills, the site in Pembrokeshire from which the great cromlechs at Stonehenge were mined. To the north, stretching as far as the eye see along the horizon and peaking with high flat summit of Pen y Fan, are the Brecon Beacons, and Black Mountains. Closer to hand, the great sweep of Oxwich Bay dominates to the south, and to the north, the great salt marsh dominates the Loughor Estuary, with Llanelli and Burry Port on the far side. Amelia Earhart landed on the water here as she completed her historic first solo female flight across the Atlantic. The Gower Way, one of the earliest long distance paths in the UK, walks the ridge line as it approaches its western end. You can split away from the ridge path as it crosses the road, to wander north and marvel at Arthur’s Stone, a house sized Boulder perched unnervingly atop smaller stones. Follow the road to the south west down the hillside, and you’ll come to the King Arthur Hotel, a great place to rest your feet and enjoy a pint.
  • Awesome place. Great pub just down the road. King Arthur's stone not a far walk too, where the surrounding view literally 360° round it beautiful. Plus with the wild life, and high setting, the pictures you can get are breath taking

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