The scent of summer is in the air and it’s a great time of year to pull on your boots and get out and about and enjoy #NationalWalkingMonth in Swansea Bay this May!
So instead of just walking to work or the shops, why not achieve your steps target in inspiring surroundings with a side order of fresh air!
Take in the panoramic views, listen to the nesting birds in the trees, the waves breaking on the shore and the bees buzzing in the gorse – walking is not just good for building bone strength – it’s good for your heart and soul too!
And whether you’re still breaking in your boots or a seasoned walker, in Swansea Bay we have easy routes for a relaxing ramble, right through to walks for the hardened hiker!
We’ve taken a stroll through our walking pages and come up with five of our favourites below, but with nearly 400 miles of footpaths in Swansea Bay you won’t run out of places to roam any time soon!
Walk from the city centre to Mumbles along this flat, four mile stretch of the Coast Path, with great accessibility, and views of the sweep of Swansea Bay and Mumbles Head – and the promise of an award-winning ice-cream when you arrive!
Coast Path to Caswell. This picturesque part of the Gower Coast Path wends along the cliffs from Langland to Caswell Bays, look out for seals, skylarks and peregrine falcons. Recently resurfaced, from Langland, 700 metres of this route is now accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Penllergare Valley Woods. This hidden Victorian paradise reclaimed from nature has a wealth of wooded walks, alongside lakes and waterfalls; look out for kingfishers, red kites and even otters and in May the rhododendrons will also be in bloom.
The Gower Way. In three sections (you don’t have to do them all at once!), this ambitious route takes the experienced walker from the tip of the Gower Peninsula in Rhossili through a variety of terrains, climbing up to Penlle’r Castell, the highest point in Swansea Bay and once the site of a medieval fort.
Walk to Worm’s Head. Experience one of Wales’ most iconic views by taking the flat route down to the Rhossili Coastwatch Centre – if you’re planning to venture out on to the causeway to Worm’s Head – don’t forget to check in at the Centre first to check the tide times.
If you want to discover even more walks and enjoy them with a group of like-minded walkers – then find out more about the Gower Walking Festival here – with almost 40 walks to choose from, it’s going to be a busy week from 1st to the 9th June.