Walking & Cycling

Walking & Cycling in Swansea Bay

By foot or on two wheels are amongst the best ways to get to know Swansea Bay. Coast and country are at your fingertips (or toe-tips depending on which way you look at it)  and here are some great ways to get exploring!



Mawr - Rural Swansea

The Wales Coast Path is now open, giving walkers a chance to explore any part of coastal Wales.

One of the highlights are the Gower and Swansea Bay sections, aka the Gower Coast Path, which stretches from SA1 Waterfront to Gower and Loughor in the West.

With nearly 400 miles’ worth of rights of way, Swansea Bay offers many memorable walking routes, from short family trips, taking in many of the small churches and landmarks in the area, to routes for the more experienced, with breathtaking views of the Gower Peninsula.

In fact, “glorious” Rhossili, on the westernmost point of Gower, is one of theTelegraph‘s ‘Top 10 British Walks’ and The Times’ ’20 Greatest Rural British Walks’.

“The gorgeous Gower peninsula – rugged, flowery, green, blessed with a splendid coastline – offers superb walking”…The Times

And of course it’s not just about the coast: inland, Gower is an astonishingly varied landscape, teeming with flora and fauna you won’t want to miss. Try The Gower Way for a challenging trek across the Peninsula. Or head to the green ‘Waterfall Country’ of the Vale of Neath, just east of Swansea, to find completely different scenery.


Useful links

Lliw Reservoir walk - walking in Rural Wales

Click the links below for more information. Your options include walking routes, more information about walking in Swansea Bay, Walkers Welcome graded accommodation and our photo gallery of walks in Swansea Bay.

Click here for walking routes in Swansea, Mumbles & Gower

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Cycling - bikes at Rhossili Bay

Part of the National Cycle Network and Celtic Trail West, Swansea Bay offers a range of traffic-free cycle and mountain biking routes.

Swansea is ideal for cycling and provides secure cycle stands throughout the city centre. Download the cycle parking map here.

More about cycling in Swansea can be found on the Council’s cylcing page: www.swansea.gov.uk/cycling

For disabled bike hire, please visitwww.bikeabilitywales.org.uk/.

If you want adventure, don’t miss a trip to Afan Forest Park, recently listed as one of the world’s ‘Top 10 places to ride’ by Mountain Bike Rider magazine and top 10 for UK biking holidays by Mountain Biking UK magazine.  The park’s mountain biking trails all boast challenging single-track descents, monster climbs and spectacular views over the South Wales valleys.


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