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Swansea Ramblers Walk


Graig y Bwldan
A historical walk around
Clyne, Hendrefoilan and Dunvant

A walk led by the
Ramblers-affiliated Gower Society

2nd December 2010

Leader: Roger Davies




If you'd like to try a walk then do come along and find out what all this Swansea Walking in the great outdoors is all about.  It won't cost you anything to come along and see if walking is for you.  If you get the bug and want to walk or stroll regularly then you can also become a member.  Just ask us about the walks we do when you join us for a Swansea Walk.





Photographs of the Walk



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Leader Roger Davies


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Roger is a local historian and will tell us about mines and industry in the area


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Started off from the car park at the Railway Inn


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Walked along the disused LMS railway line


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Roger points to the site of Voylart Colliery


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Roger brought a number of old photographs of the area


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The group were very interested in the hidden history


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Highland Terrace leads to the Old Brickworks site


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Roger explains what we would have seen before nature reclaimed the ground


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Illustration of the Brick Kilns that have now disappeared


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Walking along the Hendrefoilan Valley


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Beautiful views not visited by many


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Roger describes the area around the old air shaft


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An old chimney that may or not have been an air shaft


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Very frosty conditions


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Hidden countryside between two estates


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A couple of streams to cross


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Then climb to Cwmllwyd Woods


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Very frosty


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Views back towards Dunvant


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Frost clings to the leaves


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Climbing to the highpoint with good views


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Over the stile and set off downhill towards Killay


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Views of Mumbles now come into view


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Roger points out some of the things you can see from here


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Descending to Killay


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Shame to lose the views


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This estate above Killay was built about 20 years ago


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About to pass Hendrefoilan Wood above Olchfa


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Roger points back to the ridge


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Heading for the old Dunvant Lane


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This used to be countryside


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Onto Gower Road at Olchfa


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Down Olchfa Lane into the woods


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Soon left the busy road behind


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Looking at the view before entering the woodland


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Old lane takes us back in time


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Sun has decided to finally put in an appearance


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Bottom of the lane meets the old Gower Road


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Beautiful woodland area


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Site of the old Commercial Colliery


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This lady came all the way from New Zealand
(but probably not just for this walk!)



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Beautiful autumn scenery


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Wonderful autumn/winter walk with the leaves on the ground


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About to re-emerge onto Gower Road near the Railway Inn


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Back to the start of the walk




All photographs Copyright  Andrew Morgan 2010
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