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Leader: Lynne Esson

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Craig Y Nos | Part 1: The lowland views

A lowland walk in the surrounding area and country park of Craig Y Nos.

We will see Dinosaurs, a Peacock (maybe), a Wyvern as well as a 110-year-old tree.

This Saturday we will see the valley and surrounding mountain scenery above us. 

Next Saturday, come and see the same mountains from a higher altitude, looking down from Penwyllt!

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
5.0 miles
Leader: Mary Williams

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3 Cliffs & 3 Beaches

This circular walk of 5 hours duration follows the Coastal Path from Pennard Cliffs, from which we will visit the stunning beaches of Pwll Du and Caswell.

We will then walk inland via Murton and Bishopston to reach Bishopston Valley.

We will then visit Pobbles Beach, having cut through Southgate.

From Pobbles we will walk back to Pennard Cliffs Car Park.

 

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Southgate Club (which is now open to non-members) 15 Southgate Road, Southgate SA3 2BT.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
10.0 miles
Leader: Lucy Davies

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An Evening Walk: Pontardawe and Cwm Du Glen (An Introduction to walking with us)

Join Lucy for a midsummer walk in Pontardawe where she’ll explore part of Cwm Du Glen which was recently featured on BBC TV by Iolo Williams on his BBC Valleys programme.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001zc0l/iolos-valleys-series-1-episode-1

 

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to The Pontardawe Inn.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
4.0 miles
Leader: Chris Rees

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A Summer Evening Walk: Mumbles & Langland | An Introduction to walking with us

A pleasant, evening walk to unwind after the day.

See photographs of a previous Langland walk.

https://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Led_Walks_Pages/2023/2023_07_20/2023_07_20-bracelet-SWANSEA-WALK.php

Join Christine on a walk along the coast path and cliffs to Langland and back.

We will take the small path beside Fortes Café which is a bit of a climb up but we will take a break at the top to enjoy the view.

From there, we walk along a small, rough path to join with the coastal path to Rotherslade and on to Langland.  We’ll have a short break in Langland so you may wish to bring a drink and a snack.

We will return to Limeslade via the Wales Coast Path.

Social after walk

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Lighthouse Café Bar.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
4.0 miles
Leader: John Ashley

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Taste of Gower Walk: Oxwich (A non-Ramblers’ Figure of Eight Walk) The Morning Walk

We will walk from the Oxwich Bay Hotel through the Burrows and Nature Reserve.

When we reach the bridge over the pill, we will return along the beach. Easy with some soft sand.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to The Oxwich Bay Hotel (Card payments only!).

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
3.0 miles
Leader: Andrew Morgan

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Taste of Gower Walk: Oxwich (A non-Ramblers’ Figure of Eight Walk) The Afternoon Walk

We will leave the hotel and gradually ascend to Oxwich Point where we will pass the Trig Point. 

We’ll make our way go to the headland for great views over the Bristol Channel.

Our walk heads west on the cliff top path before circling around to Oxwich Green and the castle (N.B. The castle is currently closed). 

We then make our way through the woodland to the steps and down to the church and back to the hotel.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to The Oxwich Bay Hotel (Card payments only!).

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
4.0 miles
Leader: Lynne Esson

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Penwyllt | Part 2: The high-level views

Following on from last week’s lowland walk from Craig y Nos, we start this week with a high-level walk.

We will explore part of the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu National Nature Reserve and along a section of the Beacons Way.

We will see some of nature’s wonderful mysteries and man-made industry. 

The walk will be on paths but these can be uneven, rocky, muddy and wet in places.

N.B. There could be some livestock so extreme care must be taken if bringing your dog.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
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Llansaint-Ferryside

From Kidwelly, we head to Llansaint then around Ferryside and return via the Wales Coastal Path.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to a local venue.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Distance:
11.5 miles
Leader: Bob White

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Tennant Canal

A 6-mile walk to see some historic sites along the Tennant Canal.

We’ll see Grade II listed buildings, a self-made premises and a Lock constructed in 1817.

We will also visit Pant Y Sais Nature Reserve, just next to the canal.

N.B. We will be walking over and around some fallen trees and squeezing through a narrow gap. Part of the walk could be muddy in places.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we can go to The Tower Hotel for refreshments.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leaders: Mike and Joanna Craddock

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Kenfig National Nature Reserve

A circular walk from the Reserve with fine views of Coast and Country.

This reserve is considered one of the best habitats for wildlife in Wales.

It forms part of the last remnant of a very extensive dune system that once linked the River Ogmore with Gower.

Swansea Group Local Grading: Easy/Moderate

 

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Prince of Wales Inn.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leader: Alison Broady

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A Coach Trip: Penarth, Lavernock Point & Cosmeston Medieval Village

N.B. You must pre-book your place on the coach with the social committee by 7th July.

 

Description:

A walk on mostly flat and firm surfaces, starting at the cliff-top car park in Penarth.

We will head south on the Wales Coast Path to Lavernock Point.

There will be sweeping views across the Bristol Channel to the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm. On a clear day, you can see the Prince of Wales Bridge.

We will pass through a small nature reserve where in 1897, Guglielmo Marconi received the first radio transmission over water from the nearby Flat Holm Island.

Our walk continues through the pretty village of Swanbridge.  From here we can look across the short distance to the tidal island of Sully.

There’ll be a little road walking as we head inland towards Cosmeston Country Park with its lake.  

At Cosmeston, we will have a chance to look around the reconstructed medieval village, (free entry).

We will then walk a third of a mile along the main road for refreshments at The Schooner Inn).

Anybody not wishing to walk can be dropped off in Penarth.  The pick-up point at the pub is about a 40–50-minute walk south of Penarth.

 

 

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leader: Roger Brown

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Bryn

Walk through forestry to Llangynwyd then descend to the valley.

Return to Bryn via the transmitter and golf club, descending parallel to B4282.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Royal Oak.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
10.0 miles
Leaders: Helen Sharp & Pam Heneberry

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An Evening Walk: Loughor Foreshore (An introduction to walking with us)

Join Helen and Pam on an easy walk of about 2 hours.

Starting at the Foreshore, we will stroll along the Estuary then around Loughor, taking in several points of historical and religious interest.

We will finish with a walk across Loughor Bridge before returning to the start.

See photographs of Pam and Helen’s previous walk in Loughor.

https://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Led_Walks_Pages/2022/2022_07_21/2022_07_21-loughor-SWANSEA-WALK.php

Social after the walk

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments in The Reverend James Pub

(where we will provide a bit of history about The Reverend James Buckley).

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
4.0 miles
Leader: Clive Rees

Start:

Kilvey Hill

Join Clive as he explores the last remaining undeveloped hill of Swansea Bay.

We will take a different route to Clive’s previous walk in April.

The copper fume-blackened wasteland was replanted with trees over 50 years ago to create a green and wonderful natural resource next to the city centre. 

There will be a steady ascent to the top of the hill.

See more photos of one of Clive’s previous walks onto Kilvey Hill.

https://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Led_Walks_Pages/2022/2022_03_02/2022_03_02-kilvey-SWANSEA-WALK.php

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to The Ship Inn.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leader: Mary Williams

Start:

3 Cliffs & 3 Valleys

A 5-hour walk starting from Southgate car park.

We will first visit the wooded Bishopston Valley and make our way to Kittle.

There will be a short road section to walk before we take the path to the lovely Ilston Church and Valley. This valley can be muddy in wet conditions.

From here we will walk to Three Cliffs Valley with its classical meandering river and then back to Southgate.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Southgate Club (which is now open to non-members), 15 Southgate Road, Southgate SA3 2BT.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
10.0 miles
The church of St. Cein

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Blackmill: St Cein’s Church and Pantyawel (Paul’s ‘Cake Walk’)

The start of the walk will be a steady climb to join ‘The Ridgeway Footpath’.

We will walk in a southerly direction along a flat mountain top then head west to St. Cein’s Church, Llangeinor.

N.B. The lunch stop will be at St. Cein’s Church where members of the congregation will serve tea, coffee, cakes and local produce.

Donations for the church funds are welcome!

We then walk downhill to Pantyawel to join the cycle track and return to the car park.

There are 2 stiles.

See more photographs of the previous cake walk led by Paul.
https://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Led_Walks_Pages/2023/2023_10_07/2023_10_07-blackmill-SWANSEA-WALK.php

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
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Ogwr and Garw Valley Circular

A walk through parts of Ogwr and Garw Valleys.

Social after walk:

To be decided on the day.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
9.0 miles
Leaders: Mike and Joanna Craddock

Start:

Llandybie

A circular walk around the village of Llandybie with wonderful views and hopefully not too much mud.

 

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to a pub in Llandybie.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leader: Mary Williams

Start:

3 Cliffs and 3 Caves

This is a circular walk of approximately 5 hours, viewing 3 fascinating inland Gower caves.

We will start from Southgate car park then walk to Green Cwm Woods and visit Cathole Cave where remains dating back to the Palaeolithic period have been found.

We will then cut through via Lunnon to Ilston Valley and a large cave called Ilston Cwm Cave, which can be seen from the other side of the river, south of the beautiful ancient church.

After a short road section, we will reach Kittle village and Bishopston Valley.

Here we will visit Guzzle Hole cave, so called because of the loud noise the Bishopston stream makes as it descends into caverns underground, only to resurface much lower down the valley.

From here we will make our way back to Southgate car park.

 

N.B. This walk can be very muddy in wet conditions with some stony difficult paths in parts.

Please note I have included some short sections which we walked previously but we will walk these in reverse.

 

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Southgate Club. (15 Southgate Road Southgate SA3 2BT).

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
10.5 miles
Leaders: Joanna & Mike Craddock

Start:

Clydach

A walk From Coed Gwilym Park Car Park. 

A gentle stroll, following the canal.

We’ll then head across country on tarmac paths to Glais.

Our return will be via the Tawe River footpath to Clydach.

 

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to The Coed Gwilym Pavilion.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
4.0 miles
Leader: Chris Rees

Start:

A Summer Evening Walk: Mumbles & Langland | An Introduction to walking with us

A pleasant, evening walk to unwind after the day.

See photographs of a previous Langland walk.

https://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Led_Walks_Pages/2023/2023_07_20/2023_07_20-bracelet-SWANSEA-WALK.php

Join Christine on a walk along the coast path and cliffs to Langland and back.

We will take the small path beside Fortes Café which is a bit of a climb up but we will take a break at the top to enjoy the view.

From there, we walk along a small, rough path to join with the coastal path to Rotherslade and on to Langland.  We’ll have a short break in Langland so you may wish to bring a drink and a snack.

We will return to Limeslade via the Wales Coast Path.

Social after walk

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Lighthouse Café Bar.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
4.0 miles
Leader: Mike Clarke

Start:

The reservoirs at Lliw

An enjoyable walk on The Gower Way from Felindre.

We’ll go past the lower reservoir to the upper reservoir.

We’ll then ascend onto the mountain above, making our way back to the lower reservoir.

There will be two breaks (for tea/coffee & lunch) with beautiful mountain views throughout!

Social after the walk

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to Shepherds Country Inn, Felindre.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leader: Clive Rees

Start:

Briton Ferry

Join Clive for a walk that will pass through Briton Ferry Woods and Lady’s Walk.

We will pass high above Baglan and skirt the foothill of Foel Fynyddau before returning via the disused railway incline back to Briton Ferry.

On the way, if the weather is good to us, we should have some stunning high-level views over the area.

See photos of Clive’s winter walk at Briton Ferry.

https://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Led_Walks_Pages/2023/2023_12_02/2023_12_02-briton-ferry-SWANSEA-WALK.php

Social after walk

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to The Crown Inn.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leader; Mike Craddock

Start:

Dunvant Circular

A circular walk From Dunvant Cycle Path Car Park.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
9.0 miles
Leader: Jane Fisher

Start:

An Evening Walk: Pwll to Burry Port

Description:

NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME

Join Jane as she takes us again on this lovely walk from Pwll to visit the Millennium Coastal Park where nature has reclaimed this former industrial area.

N.B. Some of the paths have summer growth so long trousers and good shoes/boots are essential!

We will join the Coastal Path then explore the Ashpits Pond and Pwll Lagoon Nature Reserve.

The Nature Reserve is an important area for breeding wetland birds with as many as 131 species recorded within a 5-mile radius.

We will then follow the old tramway road which dates back to 1882 and Jane will tell us about some of its history.

Re-joining the coastal path, we continue to Burry Port Lighthouse where we will have a short break to take in the stunning views of Pembrey Harbour and Gower.

N.B. Please bring a torch as we may return at dusk.

See photos of Jane's previous walk in this area

https://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Led_Walks_Pages/2023/2023_08_31/2023_08_31-pwll-SWANSEA-WALK.php

Social after walk

Afterwards we will go for refreshments to the Colliers Pub in Pwll.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
5.0 miles
Leader: Lucy Davies

Start:

Oxwich & Oxwich Point

Our walk will follow part of The Wales Coast Path, visit (if open) Oxwich Castle and pass through the Hamlet of Slade.

This is an area with wonderful views out to sea combined with some countryside walking.

There will be a steep climb and descent through Oxwich Woods during this lovely walk.

 

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Oxwich Bay Hotel.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
5.0 miles
Leader: Clive Rees

Start:

Pontneddfechan

A walk in the waterfall area around Pontneddfechan.

 

We will follow part of the Elidir Trail on the Afon Nedd Fechan (the lesser of the two branches of the River Neath).

The first section is a very easy former tram road for about the first mile to Pwll Du ar Burddin. There are boards illustrating the legend of Elidir and his tragic story, a sort of Welsh Romeo and Juliet.

We then will go left to take a look at Sgwd Gwladys which is one of the more picturesque falls.

Leaving the river at this point, we ascend the steep hill on a long forest walk (Coed y Rhaiadr).

N.B. This is a fairly strenuous ascent but we will have frequent stops to get our breath as we climb out of the valley.

There are four or five stiles in this section and later some boardwalks, not in brilliant condition, so take care.

After a short stretch of what must be the quietest metalled road in the world, we descend back to the river at the picnic area of Pont Melin Fach and have lunch.

The path back to the start has deteriorated but remains massively popular on sunny days.

All the way down the river to our left there are some spectacular named waterfalls en route back to Pwll Du ar Burddin.

We then rejoin our original route and finish along the easy track back to Pontneddfechan.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to The Angel Inn.

Here you can also have a meal if you like.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leader: Roger Brown

Start:

Cefn Cribwr

This walk will include Court Colman Manor, plus the villages of Laleston, Merthyr Mawr and Tythegston.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the nearby club.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
12.0 miles
Leader: Helen Brice

Start:

Rhosili | A Figure of Eight Walk | (2 miles then 4 miles)

We’ll start with a short walk of just under two miles to the lookout point to see the incredible view of Worms Head.

We then return by a truly ‘Vile’ way to the start.

(Vile being the name for the rare medieval field system!).

If you don’t feel up to the whole walk, join Helen just for this lovely 2-mile section.

Just after midday, we’ll start the second part of the walk, 4 miles to Hillend and back.

(N.B. Anybody just wanting to do the second section to Hillend can meet us in the Rhosili car park about 12 p.m.)

We’ll then walk along the magnificent beach to Hillend.  After a break, we’ll return via the lower path at the bottom of Rhosili Down, passing behind the old vicarage.

 

See photographs of Helen’s previous walk at Rhosili

https://www.swansearamblers.org.uk/Led_Walks_Pages/2023/2023_09_02/2023_09_02-rhosili-SWANSEA-WALK.php

Social after walk

Afterwards we will go for refreshments to the Worms Head Hotel.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
6.0 miles
Leader: Alan Strawbridge

Start:

Fan Bwlch Chwyth

A walk from the Crai Reservoir area over quiet open moorland to Fan Bwlch Chwyth.  Fine views over the Carmarthen Fans and Forest Fawr areas.

We will walk along sections of old tramways and a minor road but the majority of the walk will be on rough tracks with a difficult section of steep, wet tussocks grass to negotiate.

N.B. This can be a bleak area in poor weather so the appropriate equipment, boots and clothing will be needed.

Social after walk:

Afterwards, we will go for refreshments to the Ancient Briton in Pen y Cae.

Group:
Swansea Group
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
8.0 miles

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