January

 

Wednesday 15th January

Foel Fynyddau

Leader: Richard Coombs

6 miles

Tel: 07422-534365

Moderate

Description:  A walk from Pontrhydyfen with a bit of a climb which we’ll take at a nice easy pace. Great views from the top. Return via Cwmavon.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

Pontrhydyfen: Rhyslyn Car Park

Directions: M4: J40: Take A4107 then turn left on B4287. Car park is sign-

posted from viaduct.

GR:

SS

800 942

 

 

Saturday 18th January

Kenfig National Nature Reserve

Leader: Joanna & Mike Craddock

6 miles

Tel: 01269-851005

Easy/Moderate

Description: A walk through the nature reserve with fine views of Coast and Country. This reserve is considered one of the best habitats for wildlife in Wales and forms part of the last remnant of a very extensive dune system that once linked the River Ogmore with Gower.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only

11.00 a.m.

Kenfig: Nature Reserve Car Park CF33 4PT

Directions: M4 J38: take first exit onto A48 and pass Margam Country Park. Take first right onto B4283, (sign-posted for Porthcawl 6M and Kenfig Industrial Estate).  After two miles, turn right at cross roads and follow brown tourist duck signs to the reserve.

Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/SyqfH6FmAnn

GR:

SS

801 810

 

 

Monday 20th January

Margam Park Pulpit Walk

One of a Series of Easier Walks with Friends

Leader: Richard Coombs

3 miles

Tel: 07422-534365

Easy/Moderate

Description: We will enter the side of Margam Park and skirt around an old hill fort before climbing up to the pulpit where there should be good panoramic views.  We will descend to return along the foot of the hill.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

Margam Park: Fishing Lake Car Park.

Directions: M4: J38: then take first left after roundabout, sign-posted Margam Stones Museum.  Take second left at right hand bend onto road to lake parking area. Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/BStLh8roaPx

 

 

GR:

SS

802 864

 

 

Saturday 25th January

Blackmill to Ogmore Vale

Leader: Paul Williams

5.5 miles

Tel: 01656-841062

Moderate 

Description: From the cattle market, we’ll walk north along the community route before a steady climb west for 40 mins to the television mast. Up to this point we’ll have been walking on tarmac or hard-core surfaces but now we’ll descend on a grass path to Ogmore Vale. There we re-join the tarmac community route to return to Blackmill.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

11.00 a.m.

Bridgend: Blackmill – Cattle Market car park CF35 6DR

Details: Travel time about 45 minutes: M4: J36 (Sarn Services).  Stay in left hand lane.  Take 2nd exit (sign-posted Bryncethin A4061) then continue on A4061, sign-posted Nantymoel.   After entering Blackmill at bottom of hill, turn left after MURCO garage and before the Fox and Hounds Pub.  Follow lane around back of Smithy Café and turn left to cross river bridge to enter Blackmill Cattle Market Car Park.

Google Directions:  https://goo.gl/maps/NUZ56BmUgoT2

GR:

SS

933 868

 

 

Swansea Ramblers enjoying a summer picnic after a lovely walk

 

 

Sunday 26th January

N.B. Two walks today

A Figure of Eight Walk

(for beginners AND regulars!)

Begin walking with Swansea Ramblers on a short stroll, either in the morning or afternoon.  After the morning session, you have the option do the afternoon walk.  Regular walkers can do both walks to enjoy a combined distance of about 6-8 miles.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

See Below

Mumbles: Bracelet Bay Car Park (Charge) (Smaller parking area above Castellamare).  Meet at car park entrance.

 

 

GR:

SS

627 871

 

 

Sunday 26th January

N.B. Two walks today

Bracelet to Langland

The morning walk

Part 1 of a Figure of Eight Walk

Leader: Andrew Morgan

3-4 miles

Tel: 07719-409504

Moderate

Description: A stroll westwards to Langland and back using a mixture of coastal and inland paths.  We’ll then return to Bracelet where we can eat our packed lunch before setting off again with Morag on the afternoon walk.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

11.00 a.m.

See above

 

 

Sunday 26th January

N.B. Two walks today

Mumbles Hill

The afternoon walk

Part 2 of a Figure of Eight Walk

Leader: Morag Eddyshaw

3 miles

Tel: 07751-444535

Easy

Description: After the morning walkers have had their packed lunch, we’ll all set off together with Morag for the afternoon session.  We'll walk along the seafront in Mumbles before heading up to Mumbles Ridge.  We’ll return via Mumbles Hill where good views can be had across the bay (if the weather is clear). Afterwards we can enjoy a warming drink in the Castellamare Café.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

1.30 p.m.

See above

 

 

Monday 27th January

Gorseinon Parks

One of a Series of Easier Walks with Friends

Leader: Peter Jones

4 miles

Tel: 07840-542048

Easy

Description: A flat walk to include the Parks in Gorseinon and Loughor.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

Gorseinon: Car park behind Toby Restaurant and Lloyd’s Pharmacy

 

 

GR:

SS

593 986

 

 

February

 

 

Saturday 1st February

Pennard

Leader: Phil Rickard

6 miles

Tel: 07951-621207

Moderate

Description: Descending through woodland to Parkmill, we’ll ascend again to Green Cwm to see an impressive Neolithic long cairn and pass by Cat Hole Cave.  A gentle incline along the forest track brings us to Penmaen for impressive views of Three Cliffs Bay and Pennard Castle.  Finally, we’ll walk up Sandy Lane back to the start.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

11.00 a.m.

Pennard: Library/School Car Park

GR:

SS

554 883

 

 

Monday 3rd February

Neath Canal Resolven

One of a Series of Easier Walks with Friends

Leader: Richard Coombs

4 miles

Tel: 07422-534365

Easy Access

Description: We will follow the canal towpath through an area brought alive by Alexander Cordell’s book ‘Song of the Earth’.  Toilets available at start.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

Resolven: Car park off A465 roundabout

GR:

SN

826 030

 

 

Saturday 8th February

Clydach & Glais

Leader: Mike Clarke

5.5 miles

Tel: 01792-843590

Moderate

Description: A stimulating walk along the lower Clydach River and Cycle Route 43 to Glais. Then climb up to Graig-y-Pal and across ‘Glais Mountain’ with great views over Swansea Valley. Return via Glais and Clydach.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

11.00 a.m.

Clydach: Heol Eithrim: Upper Forge (on street parking)

 

 

GR:

SN

688 017

 

 

Wednesday 12th February

Path Maintenance Work Party

Co-ordinator: Steve Robson

Tel: 07758-468212

Description: On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, We assist the City & County of Swansea to maintain footpaths by pruning & strimming vegetation, or doing work such as stile repairs and bridge building. All members are welcome to help, so if you are free today to assist us, please contact Steve to find out more information.

 

 

Saturday 15th February

West Cross and Mumbles

Leader: Gerti Axtmann

4.5 miles

Tel: 07784-106531

Easy

Description: From Wimble Wood Close, we are walking up to Mayals Road through beautiful wooded areas and are coming back via the common to Mumbles, walking through Oystermouth Cemetery and Oystermouth Castle. We then are strolling along the beach passing Ripples Café and ending our stroll, walking back to Linden Avenue.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.30 a.m.

Between Guildhall and Victoria Park

GR:

SS

643 923

11.00 a.m.

West Cross: Linden Avenue

GR:

SS

613 895

Directions: From Oystermouth Road, drive into Fairwood Road and turn left when you see the sign for West Cross Community Centre. Please park at the beginning of Linden Avenue as our walk starts at Wimble Wood Close.

 

 

Sunday 16th February

N.B. Three walks today

A Figure of Eight Walk

(for beginners AND regulars!)

Begin walking with Swansea Ramblers on a short stroll, either in the morning or afternoon.  After the morning session, you have the option do the afternoon walk.  Regular walkers can do both walks to enjoy a combined distance of about 6-8 miles.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

See Below

Bynea: Car Park on B4297 opposite Yspitty Road (Free)

Directions: Crossing Loughor Bridge, turn right at the Pyramid Roundabout then

immediately left into the car park

GR:

SS

555 984

 

 

Sunday 16th February

N.B. Three walks today

Loughor

The morning walk

Part 1 of a Figure of Eight Walk

Leader: Ed Sides

4 miles

Tel: 07496-706858

Easy

Description: An easy, fairly flat walk following inland and coastal paths.  This walk will be (mostly) on surfaced paths.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 p.m.

See above

Loughor Foreshore where Ed will lead the morning walk

 

 

Sunday 16th February

N.B. Three walks today

Bynea and the

Millennium Coast Path

The afternoon walk

Part 2 of a Figure of Eight Walk

Leader: Glenn Lewis

4 miles

Tel: 07799-004172

Easy

Description: An easy, flat walk following inland and coastal paths.  This walk will be (mostly) on surfaced paths with a couple of fields to cross.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

12.30 p.m.

See above

 

 

Monday 17th February

Lower Lliw Reservoir

One of a Series of Easier Walks with Friends

Leader: Pam and Les Lewis

3.5 miles

Tel: 01792-851101

Easy/Moderate

Description: A pleasant walk following the Shepherd’s Path from Felindre to circumnavigate the Lower Lliw Reservoir. Generally easy going with a short section of steep steps and a path with exposed roots on the western side of the reservoir. We will then call in at The Shepherds Inn for refreshments.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

Felindre: Car Park opposite The Shepherds Inn.

 

 

GR:

SN

637 028

 

 

Tuesday 18th February

Mynydd Du/ Black Mountain

Leader: Paul Tarrant

Tel: 07483-277089

6 miles

Ascent: 820ft (250m)

 

Strenuous

Description: Walk the Black Mountain, (Mynydd Du) from the limestone quarries above Brynamman and ascend Moel Gornach which is 2,014 ft high. The walk goes over mountainous limestone country with caves and sink holes to Foel Fraith where there are fine, distant views of the Carmarthen Fans and the gorge of the River Twrch. This is a walk in rough, mountain country, so good boots and full waterproofs are essential.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only

9.15 a.m.

Llansamlet: Go Outdoors

GR:

SS

682 974

10.15 a.m.

Brynamman (North of): A4069 (The Black Mountain Road):

Car Park on eastern (right hand) side of the road by the quarries.

 

 

GR:

SN

732 187

 

 

Saturday 22nd February

N.B. Two walks today

A Figure of Eight Walk

(for beginners AND regulars!)

Begin walking with Swansea Ramblers on a short stroll, either in the morning or afternoon.  After the morning session, you have the option do the afternoon walk.  Regular walkers can do both walks to enjoy a combined distance of about 6-8 miles.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only

See Below

Clydach: RSPB Cwm Clydach Nature Reserve Car Park (There is also extra parking opposite the New Inn pub).      SA6 5TA

Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/3kNficZKCtkBck4KA

GR:

SN

683 026

 

Saturday 22nd February

N.B. Two walks today

Mynydd Gelliwastad

The morning walk

Part 1 of a Figure of Eight Walk

Leader: Linda Williams

3 miles

Tel: 07875-751352

Moderate

Description: We will begin with a climb to the highest point on Mynydd Gelliwastad where weather permitting, we should enjoy panoramic views of the Swansea Valley.  We’ll then circle back to the cars for lunch.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only

11.00 a.m.

See above

 

 

 

3600 views from the Trig Point on Mynydd Gelliwastad

 

Saturday 22nd February

N.B. Two walks today

Cwm Clydach

The afternoon walk

Part 2 of a Figure of Eight Walk

Leader: Linda Williams

3 miles

Tel: 07875-751352

Moderate

Description: Once the morning walkers have enjoyed their packed lunch, we’ll follow the river along the Cwm Clydach footpath to Pont Llechart then ascend the mountainside where again there should be excellent views of Craig Cefn Parc.  A solar farm threatens to cover part of this route so imagine as you walk along what could be lost if it goes ahead.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only

1.30 p.m.

See above

 

 

Saturday 29th February

Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen

Leader: Al Evans

6 miles

Tel: 01792-475521

Moderate

Description: We will revisit the trotting track still in use today but the rest of this walk is mainly on new paths in and around this interesting village.  As usual there will be ups and downs on uneven ground that can be muddy.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

11.00 a.m.

Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen (G.C.G.): Canolfan Maerdy (Community Centre) Car Park

Directions: In G.C.G, take A4069 north towards Brynamman. Almost immediately turn right onto road signed Tairgwaith and brown sign ‘Trotting Track’. Drive along this road and just after East Pit on your left, turn into car park of Canolfan Maerdy.

 

 

GR:

SN

715 121

 

 

The famous ‘Trotting Track’ at Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen which occasionally features on S4C’s ‘Rasus’ racing programme.

 

March

 

 

Saturday 7th March

Henrhyd Falls

Leader: Mike Clarke

5 miles

Tel: 01792-843590

Moderate

Description: A beautiful circular walk up through the stunning and sometime precipitous Afon Llech Valley to Henrhyd. Return via country lanes with great views of The Brecon Beacons National Park.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

11.00 a.m.

Ynyswen: Junction of A4067 and Cribarth Road: Opposite bus shelter (on-street parking available in estate just off the main road)

 

 

GR:

SN

837 131

 

 

Monday 9th March

Mynydd Gelliwasted and Craig-Cefn-Parc

One of a Series of Easier Walks with Friends

Leader: Mike Clarke

3.5 miles

Tel: 01792-843590

Moderate

Description: A stimulating walk onto and around Mynydd Gelliwasted with excellent views in all directions.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

Craig-Cefn-Parc: Rhyddwen Road: Parking area at end of houses (towards Rhyd-y-Pandy)

 

 

GR:

SN

676 022

 

 

Wednesday 11th March

Path Maintenance Work Party

Co-ordinator: Steve Robson

Tel: 07758-468212

Description: On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, We assist the City & County of Swansea to maintain footpaths by pruning & strimming vegetation, or doing work such as stile repairs and bridge building. All members are welcome to help, so if you are free today to assist us, please contact Steve to find out more information.

 

 

 

Saturday 14th March

Brynamman

 (including Ynys Dawela Park)

 

Leader: Al Evans

5 miles

 

Tel: 01792-475521

 Moderate

 

Description: Back by popular demand! This is mainly easy walking with a few ups and downs. We will circle Brynamman, finding out about its interesting industrial history then explore Ynys Dawela Park. The terrain is through fields, partly on the cycle path plus some good tracks in the park. It shouldn't be too muddy but I'm sure I can find some, if you insist!!

 

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only 

 

11.00 a.m.

Brynamman: Junction of A4068 and A4069: Free car park (Opposite Black Mountain Centre in the main street).

 

 

GR:

SN

714 143

 

 

Monday 16th March

Clyne Valley and Common

One of a Series of Easier Walks with Friends

Leader: Roger Brown

4 miles

Tel: 07977-144074 or 01792-580969

Easy/Moderate

Description: Going up to Clyne Farm then onto the common and returning via Clyne Gardens. Refreshments in The Woodman afterwards.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only

10.00 a.m.

Blackpill: The Woodman Inn Car Park: (free parking on left hand side otherwise charge but refundable on purchase in the Woodman).

Bus Route: 2, 2B, 2C, 3A, 37 & 14.

GR:

SS

618 905

 

 

Saturday 21st March

Ramblers Cymru

Annual Welsh Council

Margam

Description: Welsh Council will be held at the Margam Park Discovery Centre (which is set in 850 acres of beautiful historic parkland) over the weekend of 21st – 22nd March 2020.  Often these events are some distance away from Swansea so this is your chance to observe how Ramblers in Wales is governed, as well as find out all Ramblers Cymru is doing to promote and increase walking in Wales. More details will be provided nearer the date.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

 

T.B.A.

Margam Park Discovery Centre

Directions: M4: J38: A48 east: Continue past Margam Park on A48 for about a mile and turn left at start of dual carriageway, sign-posted for the centre.

Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Ksk98Eb8LwZCN9aR6

GR:

SS

808 855

 

 

Monday 23rd March

Glyncorrwg and The Afan Valley

One of a Series of Easier Walks with Friends

Leader: Richard Coombs

5 miles 

Tel: 07422-534365

Easy/Moderate

Description: A walk past the ponds to Abercregan then returning along the same route to Glyncorrwg.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

Glyncorrwg: Junction of Bridge St. / Castle St. by Community Centre

Directions: At Cymmer, head north for about 2 miles to Glyncorrwg then turn left onto Bridge Street.  Crossing the river bridge, you pass the old post office and arrive at a mini roundabout with the Communty Centre on your left.  Room for 6 cars here with additional on-street parking nearby.

Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/7RzLBDKwYb4P4F2V6

 

 

GR:

SS

875 992

 

 

Wednesday 25th March

Baglan & Briton Ferry Woods

Leader: Bob White

4 miles

Tel: 07790-293165

Moderate

Description:  A circular walk around Baglan and Briton Ferry Woods with a visit to a reservoir. Be prepared for a few ups and downs.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

Baglan: Parking area outside Blaenbaglan school

 

 

GR:

SS

757 928

 

 

Saturday 28th March

Poor Man’s Wood, Llandovery

(Rail Ramble)

Leader: Peter Jones

5-6 miles

Tel: 017840-542048

Easy/Moderate

Description: A walk around this beautiful ‘ancient’ Sessile Oak and Hazel woodland given to the town in the 16th century by Vicar Pritchard with the condition that the people could, on foot only, enter on the property demised, for the purpose of taking dead wood for fuel, being such amount that they can carry on their backs

Outbound train: 9.34 a.m. from Swansea (or stations en route)

Ticket: Return for Llandovery Station (Using Heart of Wales line)

Return train: 4.48 p.m. (From Llandovery)

Bring cash for train fare. Welsh Bus Concessionary Pass holders may be able to travel free. Check train times before joining walk (2020 timetable may change).

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only

9.15 a.m.

Swansea: High Street Station: Meet on 9.34 a.m. train 

 

(Leader will join train at Gowerton)

GR:

SS

657 936

11.00 a.m.

Llandovery: Railway Station

GR:

SN

763 345

 

 

Sunday 29th March

British Summer Time

Clocks go forward today

 

 

Monday 30th March

West Cross to Rotherslade

One of a Series of Easier Walks with Friends

Leader: Dave Stephens

4 Miles

Tel: 07864-020630

Easy

Description: West Cross via Underhill Park to Rotherslade & the coast path.  Continue along the coast to Bracelet Bay then onto Mumbles front for a level walk back to West Cross for refreshments at the West Cross Inn.

Meet:

Meeting Place:

Dogs remain on short leads

10.00 a.m.

West Cross: Grange Road: SA3 3ES (On-street parking)

Directions: Follow Mumbles Road to West Cross, turning uphill at the mini roundabout then 1st left into West Cross Lane. Take 1st right onto Grange Road.

 

 

GR:

SS

613 893

 

 

Dave will lead us along the coast, starting from West Cross

 

 

ADVANCE

NOTICE

Coach Trip

The Historic Gloucester Docks

Saturday 6th June

Organiser: Lynne Esson

Tel: 01792-845845

Description: The former dock estate has become a popular free destination where members can enjoy interesting views and a range of modern facilities while wandering around a remarkably complete example of a Victorian port. Views include many fine warehouses and other dock-related buildings that have been found new uses. Where ships once discharged their cargoes, there is now an ever-changing miscellany of visiting narrow boats, smart motor cruisers and the occasional yacht or tall ship.

Date Bookings Open:

To be advised next year