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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Parkmill and Cefn Bryn




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Parkmill Heritage Centre

Walk Distance: 5 miles ( 3 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate - some climbs and mud

Parking: Parking: Heritage Centre CP (Free if also visiting the centre)

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




Walk Description



This walk visits a prehistoric burial chamber and returns over Cefn Bryn with views of Three Cliffs Bay.


Head towards the visitor centre then turn left to cross the footbridge.

Ascend the road to eventually enter Park Wood on the right. This area contains a burial chamber, cave and lime kiln.

Continue along the path and turn left at a junction.

Ascend the long track, eventually leaving the woods through a gate.

Turn right and follow the track at the base of Cefn Bryn.

Just after Little Walterston turn uphill on a grassy path to the top of Cefn Bryn where you connect with the main spine path near a Gower Way Stone.

On a winter's day you might find it is rather windy! (To avoid this section you could have earlier turned left out of the wood and followed the track to another Gower Way stone).

On top of Cefn Bryn turn left along the ridge to the next outcrop of rock.

Before descending, turn right to the Prince Charles inaugural stone. Take in the view then descend the main path to the gravel track.

Another Gower Way stone comes into view by some telegraph poles (this is the stone to watch for if you earlier opted not to climb Cefn Bryn).

Follow the direction of the telegraph poles towards a footpath near the forest wall and go right.

Bear left at the fork to keep close to the wall until you descend to a footpath sign near a house.

Turn right and follow the track through the car park and descend to the main road. Cross with care to the minor road opposite.

After a short distance follow the left fork to North Hills Farm where the footpath descends the lane to Parkmill. Take care crossing the main road and follow the road opposite back to the start.


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/801-gower-parkmill-cefn-bryn




Photographs of the Walk


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The burial chamber


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An old lime kiln on the right


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A hidden cave


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Turn left on the forest track at the junction


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The track goes uphill for some way


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Turn right after leaving the woods


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Go some way along until you pass Little Walterston Farm


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Watch out for the grassy track to the top of Cefn Bryn


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Look back at the views to Llanelli and Swansea


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Continue to the top


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Gower Way Stone number 11


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Turn left at the top and follow the ridge path


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Oxwich Bay


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Watch for the rocky outcrop


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The Gower Way inaugural stone is on the right


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Overlooking Three Cliffs Bay


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Unveiled by HRH Prince Charles


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Three Cliffs Bay


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Watch for the Gower Way stone


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Follow the posts towards the path beside the forest wall


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Take care crossing the busy road


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Head for North Hills Farm and the footpath down the lane


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Follow this for about a mile to the main road


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Warning signs about the traffic


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Take care crossing


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Follow the minor road back to the start




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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