Swansea Ramblers Walk
Kenfig Pool and Mawdlam Circular
Walk Start / Finish Location:
Kenfig Pool Visitor Centre
Walk Distance: 4-5 miles (3 hours)
Walk Level: Moderate
Parking: Kenfig Pool Visitor Centre (Free)
Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33
From the visitor centre, head towards the main road using the path on right of the car park.
Cross into the minor road opposite and head diagonally over the grassland
into a sunken right of way parallel with the golf course.
Make for the corner of the row of houses then continue diagonally with care across the fairway to the undergrowth.
A path there takes you onto the next fairway so again watch for golfers.
The path across the course has been unclear since leaving the houses.
A hidden kissing gate to the left of the golf maintenance centre takes you in front of the golf practice field.
Turn left along the practice boundary path to another kissing gate hidden on the right.
Enter a field and turn left then follow the narrow well trod path between the jungle of high corn.
Turn left onto the lane at the kissing gate.
After a while turn left through a kissing gate and go straight along the edge of the field.
At the next field turn right along the edge to the kissing gate onto a lane.
Follow the lane some way to a stile on the right, just before reaching the pub.
Ascend diagonally right to the next stile in the far corner of the field.
Follow the narrow path, watching for the occasional trip hazard and the brambles.
Turn left onto the road at the kissing gate.
Turn left at the junction, then right just before the church.
Watch for the sharp turn left alongside the churchyard and emerge next to The Angel Inn.
Visit the church if open then turn left down the main road to a path just after the bus shelter.
After a short distance turn left onto the broad path and left again to follow another broad path.
At the second crossing of broad paths turn right and follow the left path to Kenfig Pool.
Keep to the pool side path and boardwalk which goes to a bird hide.
Retrace steps a few yards to turn left off the boardwalk along the pool path.
Follow close to the pool, taking the left fork at the path junctions into an open area before going into trees with a short section of mud.
Keep bearing left to pick up the broad track to the next bird hide and into an open area.
Where the edge of the pool forms a small beach, ascend right on a broad path.
Turn left on the next broad path and follow it back to the visitor centre.
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Follow the sunken path
The golf course is on the right
The line of the path is not clear. Cross diagonally watching for golfers on the course
A path goes into the rough between the fairways
Cross the fairway heading for the low building. Watch for golfers at play
The kissing gate is hidden in the undergrowth
A chapel is on the right
Turn left onto the path by the boundary of the golf practice field
Golf practice field on the right
A kissing gate is at the field boundary
The path goes diagonally through a field of corn to the road
The path divides into two from here. Do not go straight on.
Turn right and follow the field edge as it turns left to the kissing gate
(Path should go across where the corn has been planted)
Cross the field to the far right corner where a stile is hidden
Path can be a bit overgrown between here and the road
The village of Mawdlam (a corruption of St Mary Magdalene)
See if you can spot the Victorian Post Box
Watch for this left turn
Turn right for the pub and the information board
Visit the church if it is open
After the church cross to the bus stop
The church of St Mary Magdalene
Take care on the busy main road
Cross this busy road with care to follow the path to the left of the bus shelter
Turn left when you reach the broad path
Turn left from this broad path to the next broad path
Follow the footpath rather than the bridleway
After a short while Kenfig Pool comes into view
Turn left for the bird hide then retrace steps to follow the right path
Keep bearing left to circle around the pool
Might get a bit muddy here !
Keep bearing left
Another bird hide is on the left
Path now leaves the pool behind
The broad path goes left onto another broad path
Back to the Visitor Centre
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- for example - path diversions, new gates instead of stiles or maybe the path has become blocked.
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