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Llangennith

Llangennith (Llangenydd) is a village in the City and County of Swansea, south Wales, in the Gower peninsula. It has a scattering of houses and one pub - the Kings Head. Llangennith sits at a crossroads in northwest Gower. Moor Lane, departing westwards leads to a caravan park adjacent to Rhossili Bay; and Burrows Lane departing to the north leads to a caravan park overlooking Broughton Bay.

The 12th-century church, the largest in Gower, St. Cenydd's Church founded by St. Cenydd, who in the 6th century founded a priory here, destroyed by Vikings in 986. The large fortified square tower is curiously placed north of the nave. A short stroll south of the church is the ruined medieval village of Coety Green.

The beach is now a centre mainly for surfers, and is located at north end of Rhossili Bay in a fairly isolated locale. It was at one time the most infamous, rough and ready village on the peninsula, its villagers always the first to rush to any shipwreck, particularly those in Rhossili Bay, and feuding with neighbouring villagers over any plunder they could find. In a famous incident during World War One, when the government introduced daylight saving time as a public measure, the villagers held a public meeting and graciously voted to fall in line with the rest of the country – for a trial period of one month.

There are gentle walks north-west to the coast over the sand dunes of Llangennith and Broughton Burrows. Signposts to watch out for include Blue Pool, a dramatic rock pool which in the right sea and sky conditions takes a deep blue colour, the natural archway called Three Chimneys, and Culver Hole, a bone cave. Llangennith a popular surfing location in the Gower, mainly due to the consistent swells that pour in from the mighty Atlantic Ocean, and is situated at the northern end of Rhossili Bay. The bay stretches for over three miles, here you can witness the power of the sea pounding onto the shore, wandering along the water's edge. If you have never tried surfing this is the place to give it a go, there are several surfing schools providing lessons during the summer. The beach is backed by sand dunes at the north end there is the island of Burry Holms.

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