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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Glyncorrwg Hills




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Glyncorrwg Ponds visitor centre

Walk Distance: 8 miles (4 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate - with ascent onto hill

Parking: Glyncorrwg Ponds visitor centre (Charge)

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




Walk Description



From the visitor centre head south towards the ponds.
At the second pond a concrete incline climbs to the cycle path.
Turn right and follow to the village hall.
Go straight over the road and follow the straight path that was once a railway track.
Cross the modern bridge over the river and continue up the valley on the right fork past the reed beds onto a forestry track.
After a hairpin bend take the right fork at the junction and continue uphill.
Watch carefully to the left for a large outcrop of distinctive layered rock.
Shortly after this rock descend the narrow cycle path on the right.
Cross a stone bridge over two modern pipes and follow the forestry path until it emerges on the hill above the valley.
Follow the hillside path back into the forest.
Turn left when the path drops onto another track.
Continue out into a wide open area surrounded by forestry. Follow the path as it bears left.
On reaching the broad forest track, turn left and follow it, ignoring the track that joins from the right.
At a cross roads turn left and downhill, passing that rocky outcrop and cycle path you used earlier.
At the junction of the forestry paths, turn left and retrace your steps to the river bridge.
Do not cross the bridge, instead continue down to the village.
Bear right, past the converted chapel, into Commercial Street and cross the river at Bridge Street, heading back to the village hall.
Turn left to rejoin the cycle path and retrace your steps back to the ponds and the visitor centre.


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/769-glyncorrwg-hills-ponds




Photographs of the Walk


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Glyncorrwg Ponds Visitor Centre


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Cycle path/ walkway to the ponds behind visitor centre


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Continue past the playing field


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Turn left away from cycle path


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Avoiding cycling path


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Descending to the first pond


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Head past first pond to second pond


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Cross bridge to second pond


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Watch for bikes


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Look for the concrete slope up to the cycle path


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Ascend to the cycle path


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Turn right onto the cycle path


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Continue to the village


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Pass by the community hall


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Go straight across at the community hall


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Go straight across at the community hall


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Bear right onto straight disused railway line


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Disused railway line


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Follow the path towards the hills


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Turn right to cross the metal bridge


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Cross the bridge and continue towards the hills


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Bear right to pick up the forest track


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Continue towards the hills


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Bear right


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Continue to the forest track


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Pass through metal forestry gate


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The path ascends the hill


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Continue on this path


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Follow the bend in the path


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At the junction in the forest, turn right uphill


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Continue uphill


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Watch out for this outcrop on the left which is close to the hidden junction


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Turn right onto this cycle path that crosses the main track


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Continue over the bridge


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Cyclists share this path


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Emerge onto the hillside with views down the valley


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Glyncorrwg in the distance


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Hillside path follows the contours


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Continue along the path and enjoy the views


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Hairpin bend


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Good views from the path


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Path goes for some way before turning away from the edge


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Back into forestry


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Turn left when path descends to meet another track


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Ignore broad track uphill


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Bear left in this open area between forestry


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Turn left when the path meets the forest track


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Ignore the first turning right and eventually go left at this cross roads


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This is the same track with the rocky outcrop. Turn left to retrace your steps


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Descending the path on which you first came up


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Retracing route back


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Continue straight on rather than re-use the same bridge


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Continue straight on rather than re-use the same bridge


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Path on other side of the river


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Waterfall on left


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Nearly in Glyncorrwg


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Follow road into village


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At the junction turn right into Melyn Street


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Turn left onto Commercial Street


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Go to the end of Commercial Street and turn right over Road Bridge


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After crossing the bridge turn left onto the cycle path by the community hall


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Rejoin the cycle path


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Follow back to the ponds


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Return left down the concrete incline


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Turn left at the pond


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Retrace route past ponds to the visitor centre




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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