The village of Port Eynon with the hamlets of Overton and Scurlage
Port Eynon is the most southerly point on Gower and is thought to be named after an Eleventh Century Welsh Prince, Eynon.
It is believed that he built Port Eynon castle which has disappeared over the years. Once there was a booming trade in Oyster fishing (the remains of the Oyster Pools and the old harbour wall can be seen at low tide), limestone quarrying, lobstering and crabbing, but as with many little ports also came reports of smuggling. At one stage, it is thought that eight excise men were stationed in the village alone.
At the far end of Port Eynon Bay stands the Eighteenth Century ruin of the old Salt House. Originally extracting salt from the sea, (the sea in Port Eynon has an especially high salinity) it is thought that the business was run as a cover for smuggled goods. Maybe this theory is not too far fetched when you consider that most of the local population of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries appeared to have been involved in smuggling. On one notable occasion, the goods were hidden in the church!
In the churchyard, is a memorial to the three lifeboat crew who lost their lives at sea in 1916. The lifeboat station was closed in 1919, when it was considered too dangerous to be located in Port Eynon. A new lifeboat station was opened in Horton in 1968.
Below the cliff where the castle is once believed to have stood, is Culver Hole. This rather unusual cave, between two rock faces has a masonry wall. There is a staircase inside that leads up to four floors. Legend links it to the castle and also as a safe hideaway for contraband, but today it is inhabited by pigeons and seagulls.
The village of Horton is located at the Eastern end of the bay.
Ground floor apartment sleeps 6 people with views over garden. The accommodation is light and modern in decor and consists of two double bedrooms, and the third has a double bunk bed. Bathroom has bath with integrated shower, kitchen and separate lounge/dining area
Overton Mere is a rocky plateau surrounded with hills rising high on three sides. The mere is filled with rock pools and a wide variety of birds can be seen swooping from the cliffs to the waters edge.
Salt House Mere is just next to the Salt House in Port Eynon.
Port Eynon Bay is one of the most popular bays on Gower.
The church was founded during the 6th century by St. Cattwg’s missionary to Gower, St. Cennydd. The present building dates from the 12th century and was given to the Knights of St. John by Robert de la Mare around 1165.
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 Port Eynon, to the various villages.
Map of the Gower Peninsula
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