Welcome to Port Eynon

Around the bay's southern point is Culver Hole, a curious stone structure built into the cliff. Legend has it that it was a smugglers' hiding place, but the mundane truth is that it served as a dovecote (pigeons were a valuable food source in medieval times; the name comes from Old English culufre, meaning 'dove'). It's quite tricky to find – the easiest route is signposted from the YHA – and is only accessible for three hours either side of low tide; make sure you don't get caught out by the rising waters.

The coastal walk between Port Eynon and Rhossili (7 miles) is along the wildest and most dramatic part of the Gower coast, and is fairly rough going. Halfway along is a cave called Goats Hole, where the Red Lady of Paviland was found.

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