Parkmill is a very wooded area, set in bottom of a valley and is home to the Heritage Centre, which is well worth a look around. More information and photos of this area can be found on the Pennard Burrows and Three Cliffs links.

You would be unlikely to visit Ilston as a matter of course, unless you happened to be staying there or in the nearby Lunnon. It is a quiet, beautiful little hamlet set in the valley above Parkmill, with a stream meandering through the village and past the church – you really could be transported back in time. The former quarry is now a nature reserve.

I’ve also included the hamlet of Llethryd on this page. Llethryd has no amenities of its own and is located in central Gower, the nearest village being Ilston. It consists of only a few buildings, so unless you were actually looking for it, it would be quite easy to drive through without knowing that you had been there. Perfect if you want to be away from the crowds but within easy travelling distance of all that Swansea and Gower has to offer!

Three Cliffs Bay

Pennard, Swansea,

Three Cliff Bay is one of the most photographed areas of Gower and is also commonly known as Three Cliffs.

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Pennard Burrows

Pennard, Swansea,

This is where it gets really exciting. A wooded valley with a fresh water river (Pennard Pill) meandering through a vast open space surrounded by sand dunes and limestone features before flowing into the sea. Great.

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St Illtyd’s Church, Ilston

Ilston, Swansea, SA2 7LD

The church derives from a 6th century monastic cell. The present church was largely built during the 13th century incorporating the cell in the base of a massive embattled tower with a saddleback roof. For the millennium celebrations the tower was re-opened into the church and the area restored as a simple but beautiful chapel.

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Useful Information

Please view the area map below to get your bearings and familiarise yourself with the roads.  The table shows the approximate travelling times by car, from Parkmill, to the various villages.

Map of the Gower Peninsula

Map of the Gower Peninsula

Village
mins by car
Bishopston (and Kittle, Murton)
10
Dunvant
15
Horton
20
Llangennith
20
Llanmadoc (and Cheriton, Cwm Ivy. Landimore)
20
Llanrhidian (and Cilibion, Oldwalls)
20
Mumbles (and Langland)
15
Oxwich (and Oxwich Green, Slade)
10
Parkmill (and Ilston, Llethryd, Lunnon)
0
Penclawdd (and Blue Anchor, Cilonnen, Crofty, Llanmorlais, Welshmoor, Wernffrwd)
20
Penmaen (and Nicholaston)
5
Pennard (and Southgate)
10
Port Eynon (and Overton, Scurlage)
20
Reynoldston (and Burry, Burry Green, Fairyhill, Knelston, Llandewi)
15
Rhossili (and Middleton, Pilton Green, Pilton Moor, Pitton, Pitton Cross)
20
Swansea
15
Three Crosses
10
Upper Killay
10