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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Woodland Park north entrance off the pre-bypass main road between Cross Hands and Drefach

Walk Distance: 2.5 miles (1.5 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate

Parking: Woodland Park north entrance (Free)

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




Walk Description



Mynydd Mawr was originally an open cast mining area, now landscaped and developed as a woodland park.
Descend from the car park and cross the bridge and ascend on the broad track uphill,
(noting almost 360 degree views), bearing right at a fork to a tarmacadam track and skateboard/BMX area.
Follow the grass path at the rear of the facility, heading towards trees in the distance.
Near the trees, go left and turn the corner of the woods.
Enter woodland on the forest path then take the first left.
Go straight across at a path junction, ignoring other paths until you emerge into an open area at a stile.
Turn left on the broad track then left at the boardwalk sign.
Follow this around the lake, ignoring another boardwalk that joins it.
In the southern car park, turn left through a picnic area.
At a red wooden structure the broad path turns left and eventually returns to the skateboard/BMX site.
You can take this or go right on the path by the Woodland Walks sign.

This Woodland Walks riverside path rejoins the broad path further on and
is a more interesting walk but does have a little mud in places.
A number of bridges offer other possible routes but keep to the left side of the river
until at a junction with a broad path you can turn left to rejoin the broad tarmacadam track.

Whichever way you chose to go, now follow this road back up onto the high flat summit.
A gravel path on the right takes you back to the start but a grass path just before it provides a nicer alternative.
Follow the grass path along the edge of the park towards woodland.
Do not enter the woodland, turning left just before the woods and
following the edge of the trees to eventually overlook the gravel path.
Rejoin the path and return 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/788-mynydd-mawr-woodland-park




Photographs of the Walk


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The northern car park with the high grassland of the woodland park behind it


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A scrollable view from the grasslands
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Take the right fork to the Skateboard/BMX site


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Skateboard/BMX site across a forestry tarmacadam road


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Follow the grass path to the woods. This runs parallel with a forestry track


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Go left and turn the corner to enter the woods


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The woodland entrance


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Take the first left


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Go straight across the cross roads


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There is a place to sit and shelter in the woods


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See if the younger members of your party can find this


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Ignore any side paths until a stile brings you out of the woodland onto a broad path


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Turn left and go past the activity centre


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This is in the activity centre but the area is fenced and locked


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A short distance away on the left is the boardwalk


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Watch for herons


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The boardwalk around the lake


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Another boardwalk joins from the left


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The eastern side of the lake


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Go through the picnic site


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Wooden sculpture in the picnic area


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Either go left on the tarmacadam path or take the riverside path through woodland.
Both routes come back together further along the broad track



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Watch for the retyred civil serpent !


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Here is where the paths diverge


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The riverside woodland path


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Ignore the bridges and keep to the left of the river


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Ignore the bridges and keep to the left of the river


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You could re-join the tarmacadam path here or continue through woodland


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After some mud you emerge from the woodland onto this straight path (distorted image)
Turn left to rejoin the tarmacadam path



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Turn right on the tarmacadam path and ascend the bend


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At the top either return to the start on the gravel path or take the grassland path


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The grassland path gives good views


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At the edge of the woods turn left until you see the gravel path again


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A couple of paths drop down onto the gravel path


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Take the gravel path down to the bridge then ascend to the car park




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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