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Cefn Bryn

Location: Grid Reference SS500905
Situated in the middle of Gower.
Designations:Common Land
Open Access land
Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)
3 Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs) including Arthur’s Stone, Pen y crug Round Barrow and Round Cairn West of Arthur’s Stone.
The common lies within
- Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
- West Gower landscape which is included in the Register of Landscapes or Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales (CCW/CADW: Welsh Historic Monuments/ICOMOS UK 1998, 53-56.
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Cefn Bryn is a 5-mile long ridge of common land, known locally as the backbone of Gower. One of the main attractions of the Bryn is a large Neolithic monument called Arthur’s Stone not far from the summit of the ridge. There are also three Bronze Age burial cairns northwest of Arthur’s Stone.

Commoners’ livestock including sheep, cattle and ponies graze Cefn Bryn and are often seen wandering the road that crosses it. This livestock is an essential part of the management of this land which is of International importance for nature conservation. Centuries of management by commoners has created a rich mosaic of habitats and associated wildlife. Broad Pool, managed by the Wildlife Trust, is adjacent to the road which dissects the Bryn. The National Trust own a small area of the common by Penmaen.

The wildlife, views and archaeological interest of this site are the key attractions of this area. There are many protected and rare species on the common such as the marsh frittilary butterfly, skylark and brown hare.





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