Gower Walking Festival

Annual Celebration of Gower

The Archaeology of Penmaen Burrows

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On Penmaen Burrows we can see a microcosm of the archaeology of Gower as a whole emerging from the sands that engulfed the area in the later Middle Ages.   Prehistory is represented by a Neolithic chambered tomb.   The Normans were here too: there are the remains of an earth-and-timber ringwork castle excavated by Cardiff University in the 1960s, and by the site of a church which was excavated in the middle of the 19th century but is now sadly represented only by a couple of walls.  

More recently, a large limekiln was built overlooking Tor Bay to burn the local limestone into lime which would have been exported by boat to Devon to improve the soil there.   We will start at the Rose Cottage car park in Penmaen SA3 2HJ, and follow the track to the Burrows. The limekiln is the first site we will visit, and we will then follow the coast path to the ringwork, the remains of the church and the chambered tomb. Most of the walking is on level paths, but a little scrambling is needed to get to the limekiln and the top of the ringwork.

  • Date: Monday 9 September
  • Walk: 11
  • Leader: Edith Evans
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Start Point: Rose Cottage car park, Penmaen SA3 2HJ
  • End Point: Rose Cottage car park, Penmaen SA3 2HJ
  • Grid Reference: SS 526 884
  • What3words: prude.adventure.mistaking
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Parking: Free parking SA3 2HJ
  • Bus Stop: Rose Cottage, Penmaen
  • Price: £6
  • Child: £6
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On Penmaen Burrows we can see a microcosm of the archaeology of Gower as a whole emerging from the sands that engulfed the area in the later Middle Ages.   Prehistory is represented by a Neolithic chambered tomb.   The Normans were here too: there are the remains of an earth-and-timber ringwork castle excavated by Cardiff University in the 1960s, and by the site of a church which was excavated in the middle of the 19th century but is now sadly represented only by a couple of walls.  

More recently, a large limekiln was built overlooking Tor Bay to burn the local limestone into lime which would have been exported by boat to Devon to improve the soil there.   We will start at the Rose Cottage car park in Penmaen SA3 2HJ, and follow the track to the Burrows. The limekiln is the first site we will visit, and we will then follow the coast path to the ringwork, the remains of the church and the chambered tomb. Most of the walking is on level paths, but a little scrambling is needed to get to the limekiln and the top of the ringwork.