Swansea Ramblers Walk
Walk Start / Finish Location:
Millwood Car Park at bottom of road to Penrice
Walk Distance: 5 miles (3 hours)
Walk Level: Easy with brambles and one climb
Parking: Parking: Millwood Car park (Free)
Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33
This is a wood full of strange and exotic names:
Capon's Hill, Benjy's Leg, Mead Moor, Bryn-sil Top, Murray's Plantation and Penny Hitch (where horses were hired to pull carts up the hill).
Go through the kissing gate and note the ruins of the mill and the fish ponds.
Follow the track to another pond.
The path bears left at the far end of the pond (Ignore the path on the right)
Just after the pond, take the next right.
The broad path ascends gently and goes deep into the woods in a loop that will return close to the pond.
Coniferous and deciduous trees are to be seen on the way.
Ignore the broad left turn. You'll see the other end of that track later.
The path eventually curves round and that other track rejoins it on the left.
Ignore it and continue straight on until you reach a junction.
The left path goes back to the pond (and can be used to shorten the walk)
but instead turn right then watch carefully for the footpath sign almost immediately on the right.
The rest of the walk follows another loop back to this point but now you get closer to the woods with a muddy path and brambles.
After a while bear left at a fork and cross a stile into a field. Turn left uphill to three stiles.
Take the left stile to follow the edge of the forestry through two fields to another stile back into the woods.
This footpath goes straight on but after a few yards turn left on the uphill path to Bryn-sil Top.
Descend on the broad forestry road back to that track junction and bear right to continue descending to the pond.
Turn right at the other side of the pond to the waterfall.
Follow the riverside path back to see the mill and fish ponds.
Go through a gate back to the car park.
(This walk was last checked in November 2011. If anything has changed, please let us know)
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At the bottom of the hill is the car park
(on left in the picture but on your right as you drive down)
The gates to Penrice Castle are opposite
Follow the broad firm forestry track
Sculptures guard the entrance
Or maybe are too busy with the autumn harvest
The old fishponds. Watch for the mill ruins on the return journey
At the pond you could return on the river path (see later photos - a 1 mile walk)
otherwise bear left around the pond.
(Ignore the path on the right you can see in the photograph)
Take the next path on the right just after passing the pond
This path (on the right) is just before the information boards
Track gradually ascends for some time
Eventually another track joins from the left.
Ignore it or use it as a short cut
(see later photos where it re-joins the main walk)
Note the high ridge on the right. We'll come back that way
Here's where that short cut re-joins the main walk
This main junction of forestry tracks allows you to go left to cut short the walk back to the pond
Otherwise continue right then almost immediately leave the forestry track to join a signposted footpath on the right
People taking the short cut back
Here's where you leave the forestry track
The signpost tells you it is a right of way
Watch out for brambles
After a while take the left fork towards the exit into the field
The stile out of the woods comes into view
Turn left uphill along the edge of the wood
Use the left stile to follow the woodland edge
There is a stile by the trees
Continue on, watching for the stile
Re-enter the woods
After a short distance turn left uphill on the path to Brynsil Top
This is the highest point in the woods. Turn right and descend the track
This is the junction where you earlier left the broad track.
Now turn right and descend to the pond
At the pond go right around to a small waterfall
The waterfall is just ahead
Follow this riverside path, noting the waterfall from the pond
Continue across a couple of bridges
The car park and the mill come into view
Turn left to visit the mill and fishponds then return here and go through the gate to the cars
The mill ruins
The remains of the fish pond
Another bridge allows you to pass between the ponds and the mill
No wonder it was called Millwood
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- for example - path diversions, new gates instead of stiles or maybe the path has become blocked.
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