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Bishopston Valley

Location: Grid Reference SS577916
Situated in south east Gower near to Bishopston Village.
Area:
Designations: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Within Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
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Bishopston Valley (near to Bishopston village), owned and managed by the National Trust, actually runs from Kittle in the north to Pwll Du Bay  in the south. The valley is full of mystery and intrigue enhanced by its secluded nature. The ancient woodland that is the predominant feature covers the steep valley sides, a stream wends its way along the valley floor, occasionally appearing and disappearing into holes and sinks in the limestone, and wet meadows fringe its banks. The valley has a colourful past, once used by smugglers, miners and quarry workers, visible evidence of which can be seen as you walk through the valley to Pwll Du Bay. The buildings in the Bay were once public houses that served the quarry workers. From Pwll Du Bay you can access Pwll Du Local Nature Reserve.

There are so many features to look out for on this walk, including the wildlife, historic features such as Long Ash Silver/Lead Mine and Iron Age Promontory Fort, caves and holes carved out in the limestone by water gushing through the valley down to the beautifully secluded Pwll Du Bay. If you’re quiet you may spot a kingfisher or otter by the stream.

 

   

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