Walking Routes

Walking Routes

Wales Coast Path Wayfinder

2012 marked the opening of the Wales Coast Path. The first coastal path to wrap around the coastal border of an entire nation (one of the highlights being the Gower & Swansea Bay section – naturally)! We have walks to suit all ages, abilities and fitness levels listed below.
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Walk Name (Click for more) Destination Brochure?  Download link
3 Walks in Llanrhidian Gower / Download >>
A Promenade Along Swansea Prom Swansea
Cwm Clydach Rural Swansea / Download >>
Cwm Ysgiach Rural Swansea / Download >>
Gowerton, Three Crosses & Dunvant Gower / Download >>
Dunvant to Gowerton Gower
Felindre & Lower Lliw Reservoir Rural Swansea / Download >>
Glynhir Rural Swansea
Gower Coast Path Gower / Download >>
Gower Walks: Bishopston Valley & Pwll Du Bay Gower / Download >>
Gowerton to Penlle’r Castell (Gower Way) Rural Swansea
Langland to Caswell Rural Swansea / Download >>
Llanmadoc (Walking By Bus) Gower / Download >>
Llanrhidian to Cheriton Gower / Download >>
Mawr Heritage Trail Rural Swansea / Download >>
Oxwich Point Gower / Download >>
Penlle’r Castell Heritage Trail Rural Swansea / Download >>
Penmaen (Walking By Bus) Gower / Download >>
Penmaen to Gowerton (Gower Way) Gower / Download >>
Penmaen to Three Cliffs Bay Gower / Download >>
Pontarddulais Heritage Trail Rural Swansea / Download >>
Rhossili (Walking By Bus) Gower / Download >>
Rhossili to Mewslade Gower / Download >>
Rhossili to Penmaen (Gower Way) Gower / Download >>
Swansea City Centre Trail Gower / Download >>

 

You’ll find a number of great walks in Swansea Bay detailed on our blog.

 

Walking Brochure Downloads

Walking in Rural Swansea - heritage trail

The City & County of Swansea Countryside Access team have put together these great walking leaflets for you. Click the links below and we’ll email them over.

 

Llanmadoc (Walking By Bus)

Overview

Highlights of this walk include Whiteford Burrows, Llanmadoc Church and stunning views over the Loughor Estuary. Download the leaflet for more information (including the route map).

Start & Finish: Bus stop in Llanmadoc.
Distance/time: About 2 1/4 miles, 1-2 hours.
Terrain: Surface varies from hard and smooth, to soft and uneven. There are 2 kissing gates and a steep road but no stiles.
Be prepared: Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and season.
Refreshments: Pub and community shop in Llanmadoc.
Public Toilets: None.

Download the Llanmadoc walking route map >>


3 Walks In Llanrhidian

 

Overview

Explore Llanrhidian by foot with these 3 walking routes. Download the leaflet for the map and information about the 12 locations of historical interest you’ll encounter along the way.

Blue Route

Distance: 3.5 km or 2.25 miles Estimated time: 50 minutes

Red Route

Distance: 2.5 km or 1.5 miles Estimated time: 50 minutes

Orange Route

Distance: 7.5 km or 4.6 miles Estimated time: 2 hours Download the 3 Walks in Llanrhidian Higher walking route map >>


Llanrhidian To Cheriton (Gower Coast Walks)

Overview

A pleasant walk through the gentle countryside of north Gower using a section of the Gower Coast Path between Llanrhidian and Cheriton in Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Gower. The downloadable leaflet includes a route map and plenty of information about all three walks.

Long Walk

Distance: from Llanrhidian to Cheriton and back is 8 miles (13km).

 

Short Walk 1

Distance: between Llanrhidian and Weobley (3 miles or 5km).

 

Short Walk 2

Distance: between Llandimore and Cheriton (3 miles or 5km).

 

Alternatively the coast path itself could be walked from Llanrhidian to Cheriton or vice versa and the bus used to get back to the starting point.

Download the Llanrhidian to Cheriton walking route map >>


Oxwich Point (Gower Coast Walks)

Overview

A stunning walk around one of Gower’s most beautiful and dramatic headlands; through beautiful woodland and across open cliffs, using a section of the Gower Coast Path.

Distance: The shorter walk is 3¼ miles (5km), the longer walk via Oxwich Green is about 4½ miles (7km).
Time: Allow 2 – 4 hours.
Terrain: The woodland section of the walk is on uneven ground, prone to being muddy and has a very long flight of steps. There are no stiles on the shorter route, but there are three on the longer route. Be prepared and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and season.
Safety: Take care when following the short section of road, there are no pavements. The path runs close to cliffs and steep slopes.
Refreshments: The Oxwich Bay Hotel and the village shop have a wide range of refreshments and meals available.
Public toilets: Opposite the Hotel.
OS map: Explorer 164 Gower.

Download the Oxwich Point walking route map >>


Penlle’r Castell in Rural Swansea

Overview

The remote ruins of Penlle’r Castell on Mynydd y Gwair is the highest point in Swansea and offers some of its most spectacular views.

Distance: 7.5 miles (12 km).
Time: Allow 3.5 – 4 hours.
Walk classification: Moderate – Strenuous.

Download the Penlle’r Castell walking route map >>


Penmaen (Walking By Bus)

Overview

Explore the site of an ancient village buried by sand. Drink in views of the magnificent Three Cliffs Bay. Enjoy the sweet smelling wildflowers. These are just a few treats you’ll experience along this walk. Download the route map for more information.

Start & Finish: Bus stop in Penmaen.
Distance/time: About 1 1/4 miles, 1/2 -1 hour.
Terrain: Surface varies from firm to soft and uneven. There are 2 steep slopes.
Safety Information: Take care when crossing the busy main road. The path runs close to cliffs and steep slopes above the coast.
Be prepared: Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and season.
Refreshments: Shop/café and pub in Parkmill, 2 miles towards Swansea.
Public Toilets: None.

Download the Penmaen (Walking By Bus) route map >>


Pontarddulais Heritage Trail

Overview

The Pontarddulais Heritage trail guides you through a small Welsh town packed with stories.

Relive this town’s connection with the famous Rebecca Riots rebellion. Discover the effect the town had on poets Dylan and Edward Thomas. And explore the site of the 7th Century Church of St. Teilo (contemporary of St. David and one time challenger for the title of Patron Saint of Wales). Download the route map for more information.

Route start and finish: Pontarddulais Railway Station.
Distance: 4 miles.
Time: 2.5 to 3 hours.
Terrain: Gradual inclines, suitable for all ages.
Refreshments: Outlets available along the route.
Toilets: Public toilets at Water Street.

Download the Pontarddulais Heritage Trail route map >>


Rhossili (Walking By Bus)

Overview

Explore the area around Rhossili Bay, the UK’s best beach as voted by TripAdvisor users in 2013 & 2014. Look out over Worms Head and encounter The Vile (a unique remnant of a medieval field system). Start & Finish: Bus stop in Rhossili. Distance/time: About 2 miles, 11/2 hours. Terrain: Surface varies from firm and level, to soft and uneven. There are 2 steps, a short slope but no stiles. Safety Information: Be aware of the cliffs along the walk. The rough causeway to Worm’s Head is tidal – check information at the lookout. Safety: Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and season. Refreshments: Cafés, pub and shop in Rhossili village. Public Toilets: Main car park at Rhossili. Download the Rhossili (Walking By Bus) route map >>


Cwmcerdinen

Overview

This three and a half mile circular walk which gives spectacular views towards Gower and the Brecon Beacons is in one of Swansea’s most unspoilt rural landscapes.

The route passes through archaeological remains and the best remaining example of upland dry heath still in the Swansea Area – designated as Graig Fawr Site of Special Scientific Interest. A rare White Red (Leucistic) Kite has also been spotted over Cwmcerdinen.

Download the Cwmcerdinen Walk route map >>


Langland To Caswell (Walking By Bus)

Overview

This walk connects two popular Gower beaches – look for Langland’s colourful beach huts from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Spectacular views over the Bristol Channel. Start & Finish: Bus stop on Caswell Road opposite Caswell Drive, Newton. Distance/time: About 2 miles, 1- 2 hours. Terrain: Surface varies from hard and smooth, to soft and uneven earth. There are steps but no stiles. Safety Information: The route crosses the golf course – beware of airborne golf balls! The path runs close to cliffs and slopes along coast. Safety: Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and season. Refreshments: Refreshments at Langland Bay and Caswell Bay. Public Toilets: Langland Bay, Caswell Bay. Download the Langland and Caswell (Walking by Bus) route map >>


Cwm Clydach Walk

Overview

This nine mile circular walk, travels alongside the Lower Clydach River through peaceful woodland, onto unspoilt common land with sites of archaeological interest and spectacular views towards the Brecon Beacons. Distance: 9 miles. Safety: Stout footwear and waterproofs are advisable. Download the Cwm Clydach Walking route map >>


Felindre & Lower Lliw Reservoir

Overview

Amble around Lliw Valley Reservoir and its tranquil countryside surroundings. There are several picnic sites along the way, so don’t forget your sandwiches!

Start & Finish: Bus stop in Felindre.
Distance Covered: 3 miles.
Average Time: 11/2 – 3 hours.
Terrain: Surface varies from hard, firm, smooth tarmac; to soft and uneven earth; five stiles; one steep road to ascend; one flight of steps to descend.
Be prepared: Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions and season.
Refreshments: Pub in Felindre village, café at reservoirs.
Public Toilets: At reservoirs.

Download the Felindre & Lower Lliw Reservoir (Walking By Bus) route map >>


 

 The Gower Way

Gower Way walking route

The Gower Way is a linear, long-distance route which traverses the Gower Peninsula from east to west.

Find out more about it here

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