Wednesday 31st January 2001.
Swansea .......Parkmill, Gower.

Weather:Sunny intervals. Temp: 8C

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Today we are visiting Parkmill in Gower. Although there are many new buildings in the village I prefer to photograph the older houses and structures.

I wonder what was the original purpose of the old building in the foreground.

This is the old village school. It is now used by the West Glamorgan Girl Guides.

We are going to walk up the Parc le Breos valley or Green Cwm as it is more commonly known. Parkmill gets its name from the watermill that was here years ago. The old millwheel still survives and is still in working order. It is now included in the attractions here at the Heritage Centre. Fortunately there is a footbridge over the stream so we don't have to get our feet wet crossing over.

Before crossing over we take a moment or two to look at the white house and the old farm implements on the other side..... .

....and to inspect this old dray. Sadly its condition is not too good and it has certainly seen better days.

We are now at the end of the lane leading to Green Cwm. There is much to interest us in this valley and we are first going to look at Giant's Grave.

Giant's Grave is a neolithic tomb first excavated in 1869 by Lord Avebury. In the tomb galleries were found the remains of over twenty people as well as fragments of pottery.

This nearby sign gives us more information about the tomb.

Across the floor of the valley and close to the tomb is an old lime kiln. There are many similar kilns in Gower and were used to burn limestone to produce lime for agricultural and other uses.

We walk a little further up the valley to look for Cathole Rock and we find it on the right hand side of the valley almost hidden by trees..

In the outcrop of limestone rock is Cathole Cave. This is one of the best known of the Gower bone caves. Flint blades found at this cave suggest that it was inhabited by man near to the end of the last ice age, about 12000 B.C.

We go inside to look around and to see the view out through the mouth of the cave.

There is a lot more to see but that is for another day.

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