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Swansea Ramblers Walk



The Sad Houses Walk

Update Feb 2012

Building work has blocked the access as indicated below
A detour around will be required




Walk Start / Finish Location:
White Rock Heritage Park

Walk Distance: 3.5 miles (2 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate

Parking: Off A4217 roundabout, southeast of Liberty Stadium (Free)

Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info   - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33




Walk Description



Following the 'Hitler house' spotted in Swansea in 2011, some sad looking houses have been seen in the Copper Quarter.
Why are they sad? Just think Disney and look carefully at the top windows!

From the car park climb the spiral path to the top of the man-made hill, take in the view then descend the second spiral path back to the car park.
Pass under the bridge and walk to a road junction.
Cross over to a metal gate onto the disused railway line.
Motorbikes use this dirt track so take care and since it is a bit isolated it maybe best not to walk alone.
You will be rewarded with woodland largely unknown to those bustling around the nearby shops.
Follow the track for about a mile then just after you hear water running on the right, a broad dirt path on the left takes you diagonally backwards.
After a short distance take the right fork forward to a shallow puddle of water on the path formed by a stream.
Carefully make your way around it then the path bends to the right.
Go through the railway arch on the right and continue straight on between Bemis and The Royal Mail to Siemens Way.
Cross & descend the woodland path. Turn right then left then right again to zig zag down to the Half Round Pond.
Go past the notice board to the path between the ponds.
At the other end ascend to the road & turn right. Go just to the right of next roundabout and descend to the Tawe.
Turn left and cross the bridge then turn left onto the cycle path. Go past the railway viaduct and Liberty Stadium.
Cross the road and descend to the riverside.
Go under the bridge then turn diagonally right across the overspill car park towards Landore Park and Ride.
Go to the left of the gate and on the pavement turn right, go over the bridge & back to the start.


Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide these routes but accept no responsibility for those walking them.

If you would like to go on a walk but would prefer to do so with a group of people then click on our Programme section to see what walks we are leading.

We have walks for varying levels of ability and you get the chance to see the countryside in places you might never go by yourself!






Maps of the Walk






Ordnance Survey map of the route to walk
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information






This aerial map is resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)

A 25,000 Ordnance Survey map of the area
can be viewed by clicking on the above 'View Larger Map' option
(applies only if the above is a Bing map, not a Google map )



Peoples Collection link

The route of this walk has been added to The National Museum of Wales' Peoples Collection Web site.
A choice of aerial imagery or historic Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click the map to enter their web site (opens in a new browser window)
or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/Trail/749-swansea-vale-sad-house-walk




Photographs of the Walk


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Climb the spiral path rather than straight up!


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View over Landore


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Spiral path provides views down the valley


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Also views of the Tawe


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At the top take the other spiral path down


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Watch out for the sad houses before descending


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At the bottom make for the car park


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Cross to the bridge


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Follow Cycle path 43 to the road


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Watch out for the sad houses !!


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At the road cross to the metal gate that marks the start of the railway track
UPDATE FEB 2012
This gate has been blocked by ongoing development
Access will need to be checked



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Follow the track
UPDATE FEB 2012
This gate has been blocked by ongoing development
Access will need to be checked



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Go past the old Swansea Vale Railway shed


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Walk about a mile along the track


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Just after hearing running water take the path on the left


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Your feet might get a bit wet if you're not careful !


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Make for the railway arch


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Go straight on until Siemens Way


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Cross to the woodland path


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Path zig-zags down to the pond


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Emerge at the Royal Mail roundabout and go right to the quiet roundabout


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The cycle path is the other side of the roundabout


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Walk half a mile on a woodland well surfaced path


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Main line viaduct


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Look back at the disused swing bridge


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Sad houses again !


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Wonder why they're so sad !


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Cross diagonally to a gap on the left of the gate


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More information about walking in Wales is available at:    www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide this route but accept no responsibility for those walking it

All photographs Copyright 2012 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved




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- for example - path diversions, new gates instead of stiles or maybe the path has become blocked.

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