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Walk to Pennard Castle:
A beautiful castle in a spectacular location overlooking Three Cliffs Bay.
More About Pennard & Southgate
Driving from the direction of Swansea, you first reach Pennard, a small village which has been overtaken by a modern housing estate. There are modern amenities here, including the doctors surgery, chemist and Spar shop.
If you follow the road until its end, at the roundabout in Southgate, there is a National Trust car park and a good coffee shop. This is a perfect place to walk out and explore the section of coast stretching from Pwll Du to Three Cliffs Bay.
The area has a rich history dating back to the costal bone caves of Minchin hole and Bacon hole, where many artefacts and bones have been recovered indicating inhabitation from the upper Palaeolithic period and continuing into medieval times.
A walk out along the cliffs will take you to Pennard castle. Originally a possession of Henry de Beaumont, the castle was established in the 12th century, probably as a ringwork castle. The stone castle we see today was constructed in the late 13th or early 14th century and was the work of the de Breos dynasty. The castle and surrounding village were abandoned by 1400, though the church (St. Marys) continued in use until 1532 when it finally succumbed to the encroaching sand. The sand blew in from the beaches and chocked the agricultural land. Records note that tithes (taxes) were lowered to help the struggling farmers survive.
With regard to the be-sanding, though a geographer may have an alternative explanation, the truth is that many hundreds of years ago There was warlike chieftain called Prince Rhys ap Iestyn who once lived in the castle. He had won the hand of a Prince’s daughter as reward for his battle exploits. A great feast was prepared to celebrate the forthcoming marriage. However the celebrations were disturbed by strange noises coming from magical lights dancing at a grassy area on the other side of the valley. Rhys ordered some of his men to discover the cause of the commotion. The men returned and said “Sire, ’tis the Tylwyth Teg (the fairies of welsh folk lore), feasting and dancing, Rhys was so annoyed that the Tylwyth Teg would interfering with his celebrations summoned his men. Everybody begged him not to as they knew the Tylwyth Teg wore not to be meddled with, but Rhys, too drunk to think rationall, bragged, “I have nothing to fear from the little people!” The chieftain summoned his men to arms and ran down to the grassy area and attacked the Tylwyth Teg who (as everyone knows!) can only be seen and not touched! Nonetheless they were not very pleased that the chieftain had spoiled their innocent fun, and so cursed the chieftain, sending a storm of unimaginable proportions to bury the castle under the deep sands!
Also well worth looking out for while you are exploring these cliffs is a quite insignificant looking but vary rare plant known as Yellow whitlowgrass (Draba aizoides.) It only grows about 2 inches high and carries yellow flowers in late winter to mid spring. A member of the Brassicaceae family the plant is widely distributed in continental Europe . This is the only place in the UK where it can be found.
Parc Le Breos House