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Pennard Cliffs, Gower Peninsula

Pwll du bay courtesy Alex Thomas The Pennard cliffs, a National Trust property, are common land. The main habitats are scrub and grassland, created by grazing over the centuries. Farmers still hold these ancient rights on the commons.


Three Cliffs Bay courtesy Visit Wales The limestone cliffs begin at Three Cliffs (west) and end at Pwll Du Head (east). Many are riddled with caves. In Minchin and Bacon Hole caves the bones of animals—hyena, elephant, bison, and rhinoceros—were uncovered. Pwll Du wood and bay and Bishopston valley once supported a limestone industry. Evidence of this is seen in the ridges of quarried stone found on the beach.

High Pennard promontory fort in the east was a defensive site fortified with ditches and banks. Three hut sites were found here along with pottery dated about the 1st or 2nd century AD.

Foxhole beach courtesy Alex Thomas A footpath begins at Three Cliffs in the west and continues above Pobbles beach, heads along West Cliff either inland or along the cliff to Fox Hole (the parking lot near here can be another beginning to the walk).

Looking down to Foxhole courtesy Alex Thomas Looking from Southgate to Pwll Du courtesy Alex Thomas From Fox Hole there are two routes, one further inland along East cliff, another just above Minchin Hole cave and Bacon Hole cave (not accessible) heading to Old Fort and Pwll Du Head where the two paths converge. The walk then continues away from cliff’s edge to High Pennard and through Pwll Du wood, passing Pwll Du bay along the way.

Photos courtesy Visit Wales and Alex Thomas

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