Kilvey Hill

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Shot from Trawler Road in the Maritime Quarter with Kilvey Hill in the background

Kilvey Hill (Welsh: Mynydd Cilfái) is a hill in South Wales, to the east of Swansea. Kilvey Hill is 193 metres (633 ft) high and is classed as a Sub Marilyn.[1] The top of Kilvey Hill enjoys panoramic views of Swansea city centre, Swansea Docks, Swansea Bay, the Lower Swansea Valley, Bon-y-maen, Neath and Port Talbot. Cilfai was a commote of Gower.

There are a number of residential areas dotted around the base of the hill. To the north are Bon-y-maen and Pentrechwyth. To the south are Dan-y-graig, Port Tennant and St. Thomas. At the top of the hill is the TV and radio transmitter station and a telecommunications mast. The central belt of the hill consists of woodland and open grassland, which forms part of the Kilvey Community Woodland. The hill is used to host a number of mountain biking events.

Access to the top of the hill by motor vehicles is only via a steep concrete road that leads up to the summit from the village of Bon-y-maen.

Kilvey Killer[edit]

The Kilvey Killer is an annual charity endurance race, usually held in August, which involves running up and down Kilvey Hill carrying a sack of cement. The race was established in 1989 by the former amateur boxing champion and trainer Nigel Page to raise money for a special baby unit for Singleton Hospital, Swansea, which had saved his daughter Kirsty's life after she was born prematurely.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kilvey Hill – By Area in the UK Mountain Database". Mountaindays.net. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  2. ^ [1] This Is South Wales web site "Sammy crosses The Line of Kilvey Killer" URL referred 12 March 2012

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Coordinates: 51°37′45″N 3°55′13″W / 51.62917°N 3.92028°W / 51.62917; -3.92028