The old main road is usually bypassed by the busy traffic using the M4
but if you take the eastbound carriageway of the A48 just off the Penllergaer roundabout at junction 47
there is a lay-by opposite the Pit Stop cafe where you can begin a woodland walk.
Use the metal kissing gate on the roadside that leads into Penllergare Woods (note the old spelling).
Take the left woodland path (not the vehicle track) and follow the path through some woodland.
At a junction, turn left onto a wider path where the tree canopy opens up
and there is a brief view through power lines towards the ridge of Hendrefoilan.
Take the left path at a wooden way marked post that goes through more woodland until it emerges on a broad dirt road.
Turn left then right and go downhill to a junction with another path.
Turn left and follow this broad track until it curves right to the Sapper Bridge.
Either climb over the metal barrier to cross this first bridge
or descend left to the older bridge below and walk around to the other side of the first bridge.
Go through a gate and start the return journey along another broad path, this time on the other side of the river.
Look for a turning right and the remains of a vandalised bridge.
Turn left along the river path and arrive at the man-made water fall.
Rejoin the broad track behind the falls and continue past stone steps that mark the remains of the old demolished mansion.
Follow the broad track and turn right when it meets another path at a T-junction.
Go past the visitor centre and turn left to exit the woods at the start point.
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 )
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.
Photographs of the Walk
The A48 lay-by just east of the Penllergaer M4 junction (Junction 47)
Enter the woodland directly from the A48 then take the left turn onto the woodland walk
Follow the laid out path
Continue through the woodland
Turn left at this junction
Woodland canopy opens up
Power lines along the way. Watch for the next ridge above Hendrefoilan
Look out for the wooden post that marks the left turn
Turn left into the woods
Follow the well walked path
Join this track and turn left then go right and descend
Descend to the next junction
Turn left at the junction
Follow the broad track for some way
Either climb over the barrier on the Sapper Bridge or descend left to the other bridge
The other bridge just below the first
Turn right to reach to the other side of the Sapper Bridge
Go through the gate
Follow this path for some while
At the junction descend to a ruined bridge but turn left rather than cross it !
A few yards ahead is the man-made falls
The falls (see the video at the end of the photographs)
Return to the broad track and continue towards the start
The upper lake is overgrown
Pass by these steps which are the remains of the mansion
At the junction of the paths turn right
The photographic panorama gives a distorted view of the straight path
Go past the visitor centre
Turn left back to the A48
Video: The man-made falls in Penllergare Woods
Duration 0m 15s