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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Oxwich National Nature Reserve




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Oxwich Bay Car Park

Walk Distance: 3 miles (2 hours)

Walk Level: Easy

Parking: Oxwich Bay Car Park (Charge)

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




Walk Description



This is a walk for any time of year with spring flowers, summer butterflies and dragonflies, autumn tints and fresh winter walking.
The walk goes to the new bird hide which overlooks the water in the fen.

Start at a way marked footpath in middle of the eastern side of the car park which ascends the dune.
Follow it through the dunes to a junction then continue along a cockleshell path for some distance to a wide green track.
Turn right along this track bears right onto another path at a coast path sign.
Follow the broad track past another signpost and through a section enclosed by trees then bear right at a post near the fence (see photos on web).
Go through a gate in broad grassland and note on the left another gate which you will use on the way back.
The track goes between a high dune and some trees then takes an undulating but clear path eastward.
When going through another gate, note on the left yet another gate for the return journey near the marsh.
Follow coast path signs to Nicholaston Pill and the bridge that Swansea Ramblers helped to build.
You have the choice to turn right and return to the start point via the beach.
The main walk re-traces the way you came for a hundred yards then turns right, following the edge of the marsh into the reserve.
Follow the broad track through woodland then at another coast path post bear left away from the fence along the grassy path.
Watch for a gap between trees on the right and follow this back to the fence.
Turn left and go along the broad path. This goes through a small area of woodland then emerges back on the broad path.
Watch for the low signpost and turn right into woodland.
Emerging onto grassland turn right to a gate for the boardwalk.
The boards are only just above the water line so don't be surprised if water starts to seep through the gaps!
Continue along the path into the open grassland and head past a tall coast path post near a gate onto the marsh road.
Watch carefully on the right for a kissing gate onto the road.
Watch for traffic as you cross to the boardwalk which leads to the bird hide.
Remember to be quiet on the way to and from the hide not to disturb any bird life.
After visiting the hide re-trace the route back through the kissing gate and turn right to follow the path back to the car park.


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/779-gower-oxwich-national-nature-reserve




Photographs of the Walk


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A way-marked post in the car park leads into the dunes


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Follow the path to a junction with a cockleshell path


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Continue straight on at the junction


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Follow the cockleshell path some way through the dunes


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Ignore the stile


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Go through the kissing gate


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Watch for Penrice old and new castles and Penrice Church on the hillside


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Turn right at the end of the cockleshell path


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Bear right at the wooden sign post


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Note the left track for the return journey


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Go straight on at the coast path sign post


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Bear right at the next post


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Go through the right gate, noting the left gate for the return


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Follow the path and coast path posts


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Great Tor comes into view


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Go through the gate, noting the lower gate on the left for the return


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Coast path sign with view of Great Tor


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Coast view disappears as you head for the hidden bridge


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Holly in flower (October)


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Note the marsh on the left as the path bears right for the bridge


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The top of the bridge appears


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Swansea Ramblers helped build this bridge for the All Wales Coast Path


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It replaced a low level bridge more prone to flooding


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The other side of the bridge is lovely walking but that's for another day
See the 360 degree video at end of photographs



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If you want to you can walk back along the beach


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The main walk doubles back for a hundred yards to the marsh edge


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Bear right here instead of returning by the same route


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This leads to a dry path close to the marsh


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This is the lower gate you saw earlier


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You could go right and into the marsh but that's for another day


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The path goes into woodland


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Here's the lower of the first pair of gates


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Watch carefully for this right turn into woodland


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Keep to the woodland path


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Soon you emerge back onto the main path


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Dragonflies are still flying around (October)


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Go back into woodland just before the low way post (on left)


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Another short woodland detour


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Bear right after emerging from the woodland


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The gate leads to the boardwalk


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The planks are so low in the water that it seeps through as you step on them - kids will love it!


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The boardwalk ends at seats and a pond dipping platform


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Go past the reserve sign and the vehicle gate by the roadside


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Continue straight on along the coast path


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Watch for the hidden kissing gate on the right


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Cross carefully - the road can be busy


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The new bird hide - approach then leave quietly not to disturb the birds


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View from inside the hide


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Return to the road and cross over


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Bear right and rejoin the coast path


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The path runs parallel with the road for a while


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The exit from the reserve


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The path returns to the car park entrance. Watch for cars!





Video: A 360 degree view from Nicholaston Pill Bridge
Duration: 0m 31s





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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