Posted by: Sian Musgrave | May 8, 2011

Gower – a special landscape

Friday saw the visit of a team from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to look at projects we have put in as partners in a Landscape Partnership bid.  The sun was shining, and as the team (with representatives from City & County of Swansea, Gower Commoners Association, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust and National Trust) toured Gower to explain our plans, you couldn’t have wished for a better day.

Worms Head from Rhossili Down

First stop was onto the top of Rhossili Down to look down on the Vile and the south Gower coast, and the views back over the whole peninsula helped put everything into context.

HLF team and partners on Rhossili Down

Whilst we were there I spotted a pair of chough feeding on the anthills below us, and several ladybirds busy in the heather.  Nestled against the rocks out of the wind was a small flame carpet moth, a sight I haven’t seen on the Down before.

Views over Whiteford from the Bulwark

Then it was on to North Gower.  The views over the Burry inlet and estuary are spectacular from the top of Llanmadoc Hill.  We gathered at the Bulwark, an iron age hillfort, to talk about warring tribes, erosion, scramblers, military history, sea level rise and climate change amongst other things!

Enjoying the view over North Gower

I think the team were impressed by the beauty of the landscape.  The contrast between the sandy beaches and limestone cliffs of the south coast and the flat saltmarshes and softer landscape of the north coast became very apparent – it was much quieter on the north side.


Onwards to Penclawdd to meet with a local councillor to talk about the rich industrial heritage of the area.  Unfortunately nothing much remains of the copper and tin works and other associated industrial activities such as the railway.  But locals still remember and would like to capture these memories before they are lost forever.

Uncovering memories of industrial Penclawdd

Then it was back to Reynoldston to sum up and thank everyone for their time and an enjoyable day –

lets hope that the team look favourably on the bid, and help to keep Gower special.


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