After heavy rain the previous day and night and with residual mist and clouds, it was not looking promising for the walk on Saturday, 18 March, but, whilst the mist remained, the rain held off as if to acknowledge this walk deserved dry weather. It was a fine walk in the less frequented hinterland of the peninsula passing Gower’s oldest isolated houses now uninhabited and derelict.
It began at Pilton Green (just east of Rhossili) and proceeded north, firstly to Newton farmhouse (now undergoing restoration seemingly to its former glory), continuing northward to Old Henllys farmhouse (wind and water tight but no longer occupied; featured in Old Gower Farmhouses by Bernard Morris) and finally on to Cathan East and Cathan West (the derelict house undergoing renovation). The accompanying picture was taken at Cathan West.
The walkers returned via the idyllic White Mill house and the back of Rhossili Down before leaving the track near Fernhill Farm and down into Pitton valley.
Having crossed the Rhossili road, they passed the well kept yard of Great Pitton Farm and headed to Pilton Green through the fields of the former Pitton Cross farm and passing West Pilton and East Pilton farmhouses.
It took exactly four hours and not a soul was seen.