Ryers Down

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Ryers Down (owned by the National Trust) is a 68ha area of common land. Until recently it was largely inaccessible due to the height and density of bracken coverage. Mechanical methods have been used to control the bracken, allowing a wide range of heathland flora and fauna to re-establish. Bracken management has also increased the grazing for commoners' livestock and has led to the discovery of many archaeological features. There are 9 sites of archaeological interest on Ryer’s Down. Including two possible sites of medieval long houses, a quarry, medieval banks and ditches. There are several large irregular depressions with other smaller hollows around the hillside. Although the exact date is not known for definite, these are likely to be old quarrying sites.

A National Trust walk leaflet titled 'Hardings Down and Ryers Down', available from local Tourist Information Centres and the National Trust.

There are fantastic views across Gower and the Loughor Estuary from the top of the hill at the trig point. Look and listen out for skylarks singing overhead and linnet.


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