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Port Eynon & Horton

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Port Eynon & Horton

Location: 13 miles west of Swansea, or 15 minutes drive from the B&B.

Amenities:

The Captins Table fish and chip shop.

The Seafarer fish and chip shop.

The Smugglers Haunt restaurant – Tel: 01792391257

Carreglwyd Caravan & Camping Site – Tel: 01792 390795

 Car Parking

Large Car park just off the roundabout at which the road ends

A second pay and display car park in the dunes at Horton on the left just before the tarmac road ends

Things to Do and See:

Gower Coast Adventures

Gower Coast Adventures operate boat trips around the Gower coast in their jet driven RIB, the Sea Serpent a definite “not to be missed" experience and very informative as well. Tel 07866 250440

Fish & chips:

Maybe its just me, but I like nothing better than feasting on fish and chips on the seafront at Port Eynon.

More about Port Eynon & Horton

The village of Port Eynon is thought to take its name from the Welsh Prince, Einon ap Owain Hywel Dda, who invaded the peninsula in 970 A.D. The prince is thought to have built a castle at the location, long since gone now though.

Traditionally Port Eynon thrived on its fishing industry and the rich oyster beds of the Bristol Channel. The oyster industry reached its height in the 1830s and 1840s, finally dying out in the late 1870s due to the depletion of the oyster beds. If you have a keen eye you will spot the remains of the oyster pools in the old harbour at low tide. Half way out along the point you will also find the ruins of the salt house, where sea water was boiled to leave salt, which was then used in the preservation of the fish. It is likely that Port Eynon was chosen as a location for the salt house not only because of the fishing industry here but also because the bay has a relatively high salinity, being quite shallow with the absence of any rivers flowing in.

The locals here also managed to build themselves quite a reputation for smuggling! In fact it is reported that at the height of the problems, eight excise men were stationed in the village.

Over the years, many ships have fallen foul of the rocks of Port Eynon point. More recently, on the 3rd August 1981, the Prince Ivanhoe hit the rocks of the point and was brought in and beached in the middle of the bay. Despite attempts to re-float her, she was ultimately broken up on site. Both this wreck and the 3 or 4 known wrecks out at the point attract many divers to the bay when the water visibility is good.

In the churchyard there is a reminder of just how unkind the waters of the Bristol channel have been. The memorial to the three lifeboat crew who lost their lives at sea in 1916 is a stark warning even today.