Gower Legends and Myths: King Arthur’s Stone

Gower has a rich cultural history – but few places have the status and legends surrounding King Arthur’s Stone. The stone is a Neolithic tomb, which can be found atop Cefn Bryn in Reynoldston.

Legend has it that while travelling in Carmarthenshire, King Arthur removed a stone from his shoe and threw it across the Loughor Estuary. By the time it reached its final resting point at Cefn Bryn, the stone had become an enormous boulder.

Another local tale maintains that on New Year’s Eve, the stone will get up and go down to the sea for a drink!

The ‘stone’ is actually a number of stones, and one legend tells the tale of a local miller, who removed a piece to use as a millstone, but then found the piece too heavy to move’  Storytellers claim the separated piece has remained where it fell.

If you decide to take a visit, you will walk in the steps of kings, soldiers and centuries of tourists.  The future king Henry VII took time to visit the stone on his march from Milford Haven to fight Richard III at the battle of Bosworth.  Back in the 1500s it was ranked with Stonehenge and Silbury Hill as one of the three greatest achievements in Britain at the time, and Arthur’s stone was one of the earliest monuments in Wales to be protected by the Ancient Monuments Act at the end of the 19th century.

Image credit: By Hywel Williams, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12993349

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