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 )
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
A way-marked post in the car park leads into the dunes
Follow the path to a junction with a cockleshell path
Continue straight on at the junction
Follow the cockleshell path some way through the dunes
Ignore the stile
Go through the kissing gate
Watch for Penrice old and new castles and Penrice Church on the hillside
Turn right at the end of the cockleshell path
Bear right at the wooden sign post
Note the left track for the return journey
Go straight on at the coast path sign post
Bear right at the next post
Go through the right gate, noting the left gate for the return
Follow the path and coast path posts
Great Tor comes into view
Go through the gate, noting the lower gate on the left for the return
Coast path sign with view of Great Tor
Coast view disappears as you head for the hidden bridge
Holly in flower (October)
Note the marsh on the left as the path bears right for the bridge
The top of the bridge appears
Swansea Ramblers helped build this bridge for the All Wales Coast Path
It replaced a low level bridge more prone to flooding
The other side of the bridge is lovely walking but that's for another day See the 360 degree video at end of photographs
If you want to you can walk back along the beach
The main walk doubles back for a hundred yards to the marsh edge
Bear right here instead of returning by the same route
This leads to a dry path close to the marsh
This is the lower gate you saw earlier
You could go right and into the marsh but that's for another day
The path goes into woodland
Here's the lower of the first pair of gates
Watch carefully for this right turn into woodland
Keep to the woodland path
Soon you emerge back onto the main path
Dragonflies are still flying around (October)
Go back into woodland just before the low way post (on left)
Another short woodland detour
Bear right after emerging from the woodland
The gate leads to the boardwalk
The planks are so low in the water that it seeps through as you step on them - kids will love it!
The boardwalk ends at seats and a pond dipping platform
Go past the reserve sign and the vehicle gate by the roadside
Continue straight on along the coast path
Watch for the hidden kissing gate on the right
Cross carefully - the road can be busy
The new bird hide - approach then leave quietly not to disturb the birds
View from inside the hide
Return to the road and cross over
Bear right and rejoin the coast path
The path runs parallel with the road for a while
The exit from the reserve
The path returns to the car park entrance. Watch for cars!
Video: A 360 degree view from Nicholaston Pill Bridge
Duration: 0m 31s