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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Bedford Country Park




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Bedford Park, signposted from the B4281 at Cefn Cribwr, M4 J37

Walk Distance: 2 miles (1 hour)

Walk Level: Easy

Parking: Bedford Park

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




Walk Description



Bedford Country Park contains the historic industrial remains of the Bedford Ironworks, created in the 18th Century by John Bedford from the Midlands.   The area has been turned into a country park with former horse drawn tramways and railway lines now providing routes to walk around the area.   Part of today's walk follows National Cycle Path 4 (The Celtic Trail).



Head west out of the upper car park (the lower car park is to the right as you drive in) and immediately turn right through a metal barrier onto a wood land path.   Take care, as further along, the wooden steps are in need of repair.   The path runs parallel with the cycle route that you will use on the return journey.   The path opens into a wider area with the cycle path to the left.   Ignore the right descent and go straight on to the second right turn where metal railings indicate that you are above the iron works.  

The path descends to the blast furnace and other remains.   Take time to explore the site then leave by the lower gate near the river.   Cross the bridge and continue along this disused railway track until you come to a house that marks the end of the park at Crown Street.   Don't go through the gate but instead turn left to the cycle path.   Turn left again to start the return journey.

This is another disused railway line that has been turned into a path for walkers and cyclists.   Continue along this old track, ignoring a broad path on the left which connects with the other path you were on earlier.   Eventually you come to a children's playground on the left but this appears to be in a state of disrepair.   Another path on the left goes back to the iron works but continue on the cycle path until you almost reach the road. A path to the left then returns 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

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/814-bedford-park




Photographs of the Walk


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Leaving the car park


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Take care on the delapidated steps


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Go to the far right path above the ironworks


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The blast furnace chimney


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Continue straight on


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At the end of the track turn left and then left onto the cycle path


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Ignore the paths on the left


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Take the last path on the left just before the road




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




Swansea Ramblers hope you enjoy doing this walk.

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- for example - path diversions, new gates instead of stiles or maybe the path has become blocked.

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