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|Gower Peninsula - Historic Sites|
The backbone of Gower, Cefn Bryn is the second highest point on the peninsula (at 609 feet above sea level) and offers spectacular views westwards to Rhossili Downs (the highest point in Gower), eastwards to Swansea, north to the Burry Estuary and beyond to Dyfed and South over the Bristol Channel and the coastline of England.
The main topographical feature of this huge Old Red Sandstone ridge, which dominates the view from most locations in Gower, is of common moorland, dissected neatly in two by the road linking the northern peninsula to its southern counterpart. Drivers on this particular route, however, should be careful of the numerous sheep and horses which graze this landscape as there have been numerous incidences of these animals being killed or injured as they step casually, if not almost blindly, out into the road ahead of oncoming vehicles.
Cefn Bryn was the focal point for the ceremonies and rituals of Prehistoric Man and the area still contains over sixty of their burial mounds - although many of these disappear in the summer months beneath the summer undergrowth of gorse and bracken. The largest of these is the impressive "Great Carn", a circular mound of rocks raised above a central grave. Ahead of all these prehistorical sites however is Arthur's Stone, a Neolithic cromlech dating back to approximately 2500BC. This monument is the main attraction to Cefn Bryn and is placed high on the list of places and sites to visit of most people who spend a few days holidaying on the peninsula.
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