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About Swansea Ramblers




Programme of walks:  We have long, medium & short walks to suit most tastes.  The summer programme runs from April to September and the winter programme covers October to March.

Whether you are looking for a half day stroll, rambling in easy territory or an all day hike in the mountains, we provide walks for all tastes and not just around Swansea and Gower but all over the South Wales area.



Saturday short walks:  There is a Saturday short walk every week of the year and these are a great way to begin exploring the countryside and are no more than 6 miles in length in the company of a social and friendly group of people who want to see what's on their doorstep.

Saturday long walks:  Occasionally we out on a longer Saturday walk in addition to the short Saturday walk.

Sunday walks:  These alternate every other week between a medium walk which offers the next step up from the short Saturday walks and some longer, harder walking for the more experienced walker.

Weekday walks:  These take place on different days and can vary in length.  Most are published in advance but we also have extra weekday walks at short notice.  Details of those extra walks are emailed to members as well as appearing on our web site.

Evening walks:  These can be around 2-4 miles and we normally hold these in the summer when they are very well supported.  A great way to unwind after a hard day's work.  We hope to provide more short evening walks in the future.

Social events:  These include events such as meals out or boat trips on the Tawe.  This is a great way to meet and get to know your fellow walkers in Swansea Ramblers.  Details are emailed to members nearer the time.  In addition, most of our walks finish at a convenient pub where we can socialise some more.

Weekends away:  We usually have at least one weekend away every year and details are emailed to our members.

Emails to keep up to date:  We let our members know by email such things as when a new social is being arranged or there is a change to the published programme.  We also send out occasional newsletters.

Project walks:  We like to put on project walks and these have included:
- Gower Way from high in the northern Swansea hills to Rhossili
- Offa's Dyke north from Chepstow to Prestatyn
- Pembrokeshire Coast Path from north to south
- Pembrokeshire Coast Path from south to north
- Wye Valley Trail - the River Wye from its source to the sea

Rail walks:  We also make the occasional rail trip to walk from one station to another.

Ramblers GB:  We are a member of Ramblers GB whose charitable aims include encouraging more people to take up walking and benefit from the healthier lifestyle of fresh air and exercise.   Another charitable aim is to ensure paths remain open and useable.   We campaign for the reopening of blocked paths and our work-party regularly assist the council to maintain the path network by building stiles, bridges and clearing undergrowth.

Our History:  Swansea Ramblers was set up in 1981 by a group of enthusiasts who wanted a different walking experience to what was available at the time.   In those days Swansea was part of the Administrative County of West Glamorgan so we adopted the name 'West Glamorgan Ramblers'.   A subsequent change to local authority boundaries created the 'City and County of Swansea' but we carried on with the old name until October 2010 when it was decided to adopt the more meaningful title of 'Swansea Ramblers'.

Our membership has changed over the years but our leaders are always committed to providing good walks in beautiful countryside that many people would never get to see by themselves.

It's about YOU:  You are always more than welcome to come on our walks and see if Swansea Ramblers is for you.   We'll look forward to meeting you.  

If you've ever thought about walking but feel you don't know anybody, or you won't fit in - don't worry!  

Come along - you'll soon meet new friends and enjoy the fun of walking - Swansea walks, Gower walks, all our walks!
 
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