Walking

Walking trail

Southgate, Hunts Bay and Pwll Du circular walk

Walking trail

The coastline along this stretch of the South Gower coast is particularly important for the plants that flourish in the limestone grassland. One flower to look out for in particular is yellow whitlow grass, which only grows here.

View over Pwll Du Bay

Map

Map route for Southgate, Hunts Bay and Pwll Du circular walk

Start:

Southgate car park, grid ref: SS554874

1

Start with the National Trust car park hut on your right and walk along the track for about a mile (1.6km). On a clear day there are spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon.

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2

When you reach Hunts Farm fork right onto the coast path, signed Pwll Du Head, which will go up some steps with a wall on your left.

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3

When you pass a small pond on your left look for the path which bears right and go uphill with a fence on the left. When you reach the top, look out for the banks and ditches - all that remain of an Iron Age promontory fort.

4

High Pennard is one of a series of Iron Age promontory forts irregularly spaced along the South Gower coast. Pottery dating to the first or second century AD has been found here.

5

Continue along the coast path, following the route through the gorse and around the headland.

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6

You are now standing above a cliff known as Graves End, so named as it's near the spot where the ship the 'Caesar' was wrecked in 1760. The 'Caesar' was a Naval vessel charged with 'press ganging' unfortunate and unsuspecting individuals into recruiting as part of the Royal Navy. When the Caesar went down, the majority of its unwilling crew were locked below deck and perished on the rocks. They were buried in a mass grave at Graves End.

End:

Southgate car park, grid ref: SS554874

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Southgate, Hunts Bay and Pwll Du circular walk

Terrain

Varied terrain from clifftop paths and stony tracks to woodland paths (often muddy). Some of the route (particularly on the coast) can be steep. There are stiles and steps. Dogs are welcome but please be aware that livestock graze the area all year round.

Southgate, Hunts Bay and Pwll Du circular walk

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Southgate, Hunts Bay and Pwll Du circular walk

How to get here

Address
South Gower Coast
By train

By train: Swansea or Gowerton.  Bishopstone is then 6 miles/9.6km (15 minutes) by road

By road
By car: From Swansea follow B4436 to Pennard, then follow signposts for Southgate.  Pass the golf course and through the village to the car park, post code: SA3 2DH
 
By bus
By bus: Service 15 to Pennard, Quadrant Bus Station, Swansea, walk to Southgate. See Traveline Cymru
Southgate, Hunts Bay and Pwll Du circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking in Southgate Car Park (NT): fee payable, NT members free; or street parking
  • Dogs welcome, on leads near livestock
  • Toilets in Southgate
  • Shop and coffee shop in Southgate
  • Paths on Pennard Cliffs suitable for pushchairs
  • Some paths on Pennard Cliffs suitable for wheelchairs
  • Disabled parking at Southgate Car Park (NT): fee payable, NT members free