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TALKS AND WALKS – GOWER’S MEDIEVAL CASTLES

The second walk will take place on Sunday 19th March at 11:00am. Meet at the car park next to Barlands Quarry, Bishopston. Click to see map .

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PLANNING

In the period week ending 3rd February 2017 to week ending 24th February 2017 (Weeks 5, 6, 7 and 8), the Gower Society Planning Team scrutinised 18 of 148 planning applications registered with the City and County of Swansea Planning Department of which approximately 40 related to peninsular Gower. The 18 applications were specifically selected because of their relevance to the Society’s objects. Of the 18 planning applications that were ‘searched’ the Gower Society Planning Team commented on 3 and objected to 1.

Application forms, plans and supporting documents for all the applications searched by the Gower Society Planning Team for this period can be viewed on www.swansea.gov.uk/planningsearch. For further information on how to use the search site, please refer to the Planning Section of the Gower Society web site on www.thegowersociety.org.uk.

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DON’T LOSE YOUR WAY!

The Society has been asked if you would support a claim to add a footpath in Killay to the Council’s Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way.

It is likely that we will loose the ability to get such paths made Right of Way in the near future and so the Ramblers have launched a “Don’t Loose you Way” campaign.

The letter below and the map show the location of the path. If you want to support this claim and have used this path in the last 20 years, please send the information directly to Ms. Mukherjee at Swansea council.

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TALKS AND WALKS – GOWER’S MEDIEVAL CASTLES

The first walk will take place on Sunday 5th March at 11:00am. We meet at the car park in Penmaen; its off the main road (GR SS 526884) with an overspill park across the road. A short walk will take us down to Penmaen Castle, which we will investigate.

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A Reminder; Gower and the story of the medieval castle

The first talk in the “Talk and Walk” series about Gower and the story of the medieval castle is this evening (23rd February) at Penclawdd Community Centre (1 Banc Bach, Victoria Road, Penclawdd SA4 3FJ) at 7.30pm.

The original post can be found here.

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Harry Lewis

We recently learnt that Harry Lewis, who led many walks for the Gower Society, died on Saturday, 18th February. Harry will be remembered for his unique style of leadership. His enthusiasm was such that, if asked, he would have led all the walks in the programme  and he was always smiling. That’s how we will remember him, walking along, stick in hand with a smile on his face.

 

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A WALK TO LOOK AT SOME OF THE GEOLOGY OF NORTH GOWER

Notes of a walk in February 2017 from the walk leader Jane Probert, with photos by Alan Bailey.

On a bright February morning, we met on the marsh at Landimore, and walked along the very muddy marsh track before heading up through fields to the village of Cheriton. Along the way we talked about the Limestone and Old Red Sandstone, which lay beneath our feet. One of the geological features that we saw was a channel in the fields which would have been cut out by glacial meltwater at a time when Gower was buried by glaciers. We stopped in the churchyard at Cheriton to admire the snowdrops and the new church roof and also to look at the mix of stones used to build the church, which included the limestone and sandstone that we had been talking about.

After a steep climb and more mud along the path up from the village we stopped at the ruins of Llanmadoc primary school. A plaque and photos commemorate the school, which closed in 1935. We were surprised just how many children had lived locally and had attended the school.

A further climb took us to the top of Ryer’s Down where we had lunch and admired the views out over the Loughor Estuary. Then downhill we went, across Burry Pill, through fields towards Bovehill Farm, where we bravely ignored two noisy farm dogs. We reached a craggy hill (which is called a tor on Gower) and looked out at a great view of the marshes with their maze of drainage channels. At the base of the tor, just before we returned to our starting point, we saw an old limekiln, where limestone would have been burnt to produce quicklime and used to improve the soil in days gone by.

We had an enjoyable day. Our walk was based on a walk from the ‘Scratching the Surface’ series produced by Geraint Owen and Siwan Davies of Swansea University. We were grateful to the authors for producing a varied walk with lots of interesting geological features for us to talk about along our route.

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PLANNING

In the period week ending 13th January 2017 to week ending 27th January 2017 (Weeks 2, 3 and 4), the Gower Society Planning Team scrutinised 14 of 103 planning applications registered with the City and County of Swansea Planning Department of which approximately 22 related to peninsular Gower. The 14 applications were specifically selected because of their relevance to the Society’s objects. Of the 14 planning applications that were ‘searched’ the Gower Society Planning Team commented on 4. There were no objections.

Application forms, plans and supporting documents for all the applications searched by the Gower Society Planning Team for this period can be viewed on www.swansea.gov.uk/planningsearch. For further information on how to use the search site, please refer to the Planning Section of the Gower Society web site on www.the gowersociety.org.uk.

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GOWER AND THE STORY OF THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE

TALKS AND WALKS

Gower and the story of the medieval castle

Penrice Castle

Gower has a very large number of castles spanning the period from the Norman Conquest to the Tudor period. In a series of well illustrated talks, followed up by short weekend walks to some of the lesser known and scenic sites, Gower Society archaeologist, Charles Hill B.A; M.C.I.f.A, will trace the story of castle building and unravel some of the mysteries surrounding these important sites – Who built them, when and why? What did they look like? Why have so many vanished and others survived?

There will be three evening talks at the Penclawdd Community Centre (1 Banc Bach, Victoria Road, Penclawdd SA4 3FJ) between 7.30pm and 9.00pm on Thursday evenings – Feb 23rd, March 9th and March 23rd, 2017. (A map locating the centre is on the Penclawdd Community Centre website). The short walks to castle sites will take place on the following weekends between 2pm and 5pm, each no more than 5km. These will take place on Sundays March 5th, March 19th and April 2nd Details of the walks will be given at the talks and on the Gower Society’s website.

Take this opportunity to learn about and explore some of the most iconic sites in Gower! These events are free to Gower Society members though there will be a small inclusive charge covering all the sessions of £10 for non members to cover costs. Charles looks forward to seeing you.

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