Set Arthur’s Stone as your objective for a dog friendly stroll around the summit of Cefn Bryn and you will have a fitting centrepiece for a beautiful moorland walk. The red sandstone ridge of Cefn Bryn forms the backbone of the Gower Peninsula and affords wonderful views of both the North and South Gower coastline. In the winter months you will often have a backdrop of snow-capped peaks across the Loughor estuary as an added bonus and in the summer; birdsong, colourful insect life and moorland flowers abound. It is good sniffing and rootling territory so limited freedom on a short extending lead will provide plenty of safe enjoyment for your four legged pal. Dogs should be kept on a lead at all times, and owners should be mindful that livestock graze freely here and ground birds nest in the spring.
The main access road for Cefn Bryn is the B4271. There are a number of places to park off road along its length (people are not entitled to park on the common) and for Arthur’s Stone the parking area at the brow of the hill is the closest (there is no official parking area).
If you are car free, then there is a regular bus service to Reynoldston and it is a short walk up onto Cefn Bryn from the village. To access Arthur’s Stone you need to take the wide grassy path at right angles to the road, on the right when approaching from Swansea or on the left approaching from Reynoldston.
Arthur’s Stone is an ancient burial site overlooking the Loughor estuary dating from about 2500BC. If you arrive at dawn you may have to wait for the stone’s return as it is rumoured to travel to a local stream, or sometimes as far as Port Eynon to quench its thirst at this hour. Assuming it is in place however, take a moment to rest your hands on its rough surface and connect with the many generations who have stood here before you basking in the peace and tranquillity of the scene. Once you have recharged your batteries you may also wish to follow in the footsteps of more recent generations and tweet a photo of you pretending to hold it up before you leave!
Roam from here via the many pathways as you see fit – down for further away from the car park, up to return – many loops lead back to base and there are other smaller monuments and points of interest to seek out along the way. In the winter the terrain can get boggy on the lower slopes, so sturdy footwear and a towel for muddy dog feet is advised. Once you have had your fill of this beautiful and rugged landscape, there is a cosy dog friendly pub in Reynoldston nearby where you can warm your toes in front of a welcoming fire before heading off to enjoy the rest of your day. Enjoy!
Dogs must be kept under close control, especially when they can encounter stock (cattle, ponies and sheep). Owners should be warned that stock can become agitated by dogs and sometimes charge. Owners must also pick up after their dogs.
This walk was put together by the dog friendly Gower Edge Holidays. Gower Edge is a spacious and comfortable property, situated on the inner edge of the beautiful Gower Peninsula and on the outskirts of Swansea.
For more information, check out their website: www.gower-self-catering.co.uk.