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Pengwern Common and Fairwood Common

Pengwern and Fairwood are two large areas of adjacent common land (total of 157 hectares and 462 hectares respectively) consisting of wet heathy grassland, marshy grassland with bracken and scrub on the higher ground.

Fairwood Common surrounds Swansea Airport. Pengwern Common is crossed by a tree-lined stream. The B4271 dissects the site and the A4118 also crosses Fairwood Common. Priors Wood and Meadow, a The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales managed site is adjacent to the northern boundary of Fairwood Common.

Fairwood itself has much wildlife interest including species such as tormentil, lousewort and ragged-robin, badger, frog, snipe, skylark, meadow pipit mistlethrush, yellow hammer and linnet.


  • Common land
  • Open access land
  • Fairwood Common is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)
  • Part of Gower Commons Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

The commons lie within:

  • Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • West Gower landscape which is included in the Register of Landscapes or Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales (CCW/CADW: Welsh Historic Monuments/ICOMOS UK 1998, 53-56)


  • Garage with small selection of refreshments at Cilibion
  • Café at Fairwood Airport

Access information

Grid Reference SS540920 (Pengwern) and SS575928 (Fairwood)
OS Explorer Map 164 Gower


Both areas of common are open access land. Footpaths cross both commons - see OS Explorer Map.


There is no on-site parking.


There is a bus stop on the B4271 by the minor road leading to Lunnon. Buses regularly use both main roads that cross the commons and most will stop on request.