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Cat Hole Cave

   

 

   

Cathole Cave near Parkmill is an inland cave and is one of the more easily accessible caves in Gower.

It is to be found near a Neolithic burial chamber in Green Cwm which is the wooded valley behind the Gower Heritage Centre.

There is a small car park at the entrance to the valley and the cave is to be found to the right of the path a few hundred metres after the burial chamber.

Steps lead up to twin entrances to the large single chambered cave which has a passageway at the end.

The cave was excavated in 1864, 1958 and 1968 and flint tools have been discovered dating back as far as 10,000 BC. It is thought that nomadic hunters stayed in the cave on route to the fertile plain which is now the Bristol Channel.

Remains of Arctic fox, Artic lemming and brown bear have been found in the near vicinity suggesting a much colder climate than that of today.

   
   

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