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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Killay and Hendrefoilan




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Killay - Railway Inn Car Park

Walk Distance: 6 miles (3 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate

Parking: Railway inn Car Park (Free)

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




Walk Description



Head north along the cycle path to the Dunvant car park.
Ascend the path behind the metal cycle path sculpture onto Highland Terrace.
Turn left and follow it for half a mile to a sharp left bend.
(Alternatively continue along the cycle path, turn right at the wooden bridge and ascend the path to the sharp right bend).
Go through the narrow metal gate and descend the grassland path which follows the bottom of the hillside.
After about half a mile, watch carefully for another path on the left which drops to a track leading to an old tower.
Pass the tower and ascend left to a junction.
Turn right to follow the broad valley floor. After a few hundred yards turn right to cross a small stream and continue uphill to join a farm track.
Cwmllwyd Nature Reserve can be visited before retracing steps to a narrow path heading directly uphill from the farm track.
At the top there is a panorama over Mumbles, Gower and Northern Swansea.
The path descends to the Hendrefoilan Housing Estate.
Go through the streets (see street map below) to the A4118, close to the roundabout by the Hendrefoilan University Site and the Toby Restaurant.
Cross the road and descend Olchfa Lane into Clyne Woods.
This lane goes past a few houses before entering the woods.
Turn right at the bottom of Olchfa Lane and go through Beech Woods to eventually emerge at Clyne Valley Cottages.
Go straight to the A4118 and turn left to return 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/497-killay-and-hendrefoilan-in-swansea



Route through the Hendrefoilan Housing Estate


Photographs of the Walk


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Follow cycle path for about 20 minutes to Dunvant


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At Dunvant Car park head uphill by the sculpture
or continue on a few hundred yards to the wooden bridge
to ascend the track



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Path up to Highland Terrace


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View north from Highland Terrace


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Go through the gate on this sharp bend then descend to the path


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Follow path into woodland


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Some obstacles on the way


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Path follows bottom of hillside


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Watch carefully for the descent to a broad track


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Broad track after descent


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Broad track leading to tower


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Leave the tower and ascend left to a junction that leads to Waunarlwydd


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Ascending left to a junction that leads to Waunarlwydd


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Waunarlwydd is straight on but turn right here


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Follow the broad valley bottom for a few hundred yards


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Descend right then cliimb the hillside path


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Cross the stream and start to ascend


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Join the farm track


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View from the hillside


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Continue on when a second farm track merges


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Second farm track merges


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Continue to Cwmllwyd Nature Reserve then retrace steps and ascend the hill to the top


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Ascending the hill


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Panorama from the top


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Panorama from the top


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Panorama from the top


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Panorama from the top


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Descending to Hendrefoilan Housing Estate


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Housing Estate


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See map above for route through housing estate


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Hendrefoilan Woods between the estate and the University site


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Back into housing


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Long straight lane goes to the A4118


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Turn left and cross at the crossing


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Go past houses in Olchfa Lane until the bottom of the lane is reached


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Turn right at the bottom of the lane


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Follow long broad straight path through beech woods


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Emerge at Clyne valley Cottages


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Continue straight on to the A4418 and turn left


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Back to the Railway Inn




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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