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In the immediate vicinity of Llanmadoc you have two wonderful Churches. St. Madocís, a grade 2 listed building which you can see from the rear garden of Applecroft, and  St. Cadocís at Cheriton
(The Cathedral of Gower) which is grade 1 listed.
Rev.J.D. Davies, the famous Gower historian, who was a skilledchurch_-_snow
woodcarver,(some of the carvings were done at our home The Croft when it was a barn) was the Rector of Llanmadoc and Cheriton 1860-1911.
He carved the oak altar frontal at St. Madocís and led the major restoration begun in 1865. He also personally carved the choir stalls, altar rails, altar and embossed wooden ceiling. He was buried close to the south wall in Cheriton churchyard. Also buried there is Ernest Jones the disciple and biographer of Sigmund Freud. Both Churches are open to visitors. 
Llanmadoc sits at the north western tip of the Gower peninsula  The village sits between Broughton Bay to the west, Cheriton to the east, and Llanmadoc Hill to the south. There are wonderful walks from Llanmadoc, both along the seaside and the rolling Gower countryside.
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Broughton and Whiteford Beach is a three mile stretch of beach which reaches as far as Whiteford Lighthouse. The beach is dog friendly all year round.

This is the only cast-iron lighthouse in Britain which is wave-washed, although it can be reached by foot at low tide. There are beautiful mussels to be picked here at low water, and great spinning for sea bass.
Llanmadoc Hill is the second highest point on Gower. It has wonderful views across North and West Gower with the sand dunes and pine forest of the nature reserve of Cwm Ivy and Whitford Burrows.
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At its eastern edge there is an Iron Age hill fort called the Bulwark, recognisable from the circular ditches and ridges.
 
The views to the south look out over Oxwich Bay towards Somerset, Devon and Lundy Island. As you walk west towards Rhossili you see the magnificent Worms Head and the 3 mile span of Rhossili Beach.
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There is a favourite walk of ours which takes you around the coast from Whiteford Beach to Broughton Beach then around the headland via Blue Pool to Burry Holms. If you time it to be here at low tide you can walk along the sandy causeway to the Holmes which was used as a Mesolithic seasonal camp. Iron Age people subsequently built a 5 acre hill fort and ditch on the island, while in Medieval times it was home to a monastery.
During spring and summer Burry Holms is covered by flowers such as thrift and Sea Campion. You must be careful to leave the Island before the tide starts to turn as the tidal rip is very dangerous.Continue along Rhossili Beach towards Rhossili, which has just been voted the third best beach in the world, and best beach in Britain by Trip Advisor and then half way along the beach turn left into Hill End caravan park and have a cup of tea in Eddyís, then continue back along the village road to the Kings Head for a bar snack and some good local ales.
Then walk back over Llanmadoc Hill to Applecroft.
The Gower Explorer Bus service is also very handy for planning walks such as from Rhossili along the coast to Porteynon. Catch the bus or take your car to either village and walk to your destination and then back by bus to your car. The combination of walks this way is endless.
Five hours either side of low water you can also walk out to Worms Head, Rhossili. But again you have to pay particular attention to the tide.
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Further afield you have the beaches of Porteynon, Horton, Oxwich and Three Cliffs.
ll with good walks nearby.

For those discerning beer drinkers there are micro breweries at the Greyhound Inn Oldwalls which is about 3 miles away and at the Joiners at Bishopston.
We will be happy to give you local advice on everything from walks to eating out.
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