Pennard Castle Walk
Visit this ruined 12th century castle and explore the beautiful Pennard Burrows on this circular walk on the Gower Peninsula. It's a stunning area with a wooded valley and the fresh water river of Pennard Pill.
The walk starts from the large parking area at West Cliff and heads along the coast to Shire Combe with wonderful views over Three Cliffs Bay (you can actually explore this section of the coast path on the google street view link below). There are nice wide grassy footpaths through fields surrounded by gorse bushes on this section. You then head through Pennard Burrows to Pennard Castle, crossing the delightful Pennard Pill on the way. The walk continues to the ruins on sandy paths. The castle is a grade II listed building and a scheduled ancient monument with a fascinating history stretching back several centuries. There's great phot opportunities with the beautiful coast making a splendid backdrop to the atmospheric ruins.
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then you could try the Three Cliffs Bay Walk for more fabulous views. You could also pick up the Gower Way long distance walk or climb the sandstone ridge of Cefn Bryn for magnificent views over the area.
Just a mile to the east is the lovely Bishopston Valley with a pretty river running through a wooded valley to Pwll Du Bay.
PostcodeSA3 2EP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Pennard Castle Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Pennard Castle Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Pennard Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Pennard Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the Mill Tea Rooms at Parkmill (postcode SA3 2EH) for some refreshments after your exercise. There's also the Gower Inn with a good menu and an outdoor seating area to relax in. You can find it in Parkmill at postcode SA3 2EQ.
The Bishopston Valley Hotel is located just to the east of the castle in the lovely Bishopston Valley. The friendly pub welcome walkers, families, and dogs. There's a dedicated restaurant area that seats up to 40 people. with a lite bite menu, grill menu and daily specials. You can relax outside in the nice beer garden during the warmer months too. You can find the hotel at 41 Bishopston Rd, with a postcode of SA3 3EJ for your sat navs.