The Stone takes its name from the legend that King Arthur found a pebble in his boot and tossed it across the Burry Estuary. Having assumed magical powers along its flight - the stone grew in stature whilst other rocks indigenous to the region elevated the boulder upon their shoulders to display to the world the wonder of King Arthur's Stone.
The Great Carn, Cefn Bryn's Most Impressive Ritual Cairn
The largest of the numerous Bronze Age cairns located on Cefn Bryn is known as the Great Carn (SS 490 904), which is located less than 300 metres south east from Arthur's Stone. The site consists of a saucer-shaped mound of stones raised over a central grave pit. Its scale and prominant position (affording thoses who visit the cairn some amazing panaramic views over much of the Gower Peninsula) mark out this monument as holding a special significance to the people who built it.
The Iron Age Earth Fort, Cil Ifor Top, With the Great Carn in the Foreground
Excavations on the Great Carn, which took between 1981 and 1984, revealed a fascinating history. From the small amount of bone discovered on the site, it has been suggested that this cairn was used for magical rites and ceremonies as well as being a communal burial ground.