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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Kidwelly Quay and Glan yr Afon




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Kidwelly Quay

Walk Distance: 2 miles (1.5 hours) or 5 miles (3.5 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate

Parking: From Kidwelly Town turn into minor road opposite Fishermans Arms, go past railway station to Kidwelly Quay car park (Free)

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




Walk Description



A 2 mile walk around a hidden beauty spot and haven for bird watchers.
Stroll beside canal and along sea wall, listen to curlew and view beauty of Gwendraeth Estuary.
Extend walk to 5 miles with a riverside walk & nature reserve.

From the car park, cross to other side of the canal and walk the canal path.
Cross at next bridge and turn right to continue on other side of canal.
At end of canal go over stile and turn left.
Follow hedgerow to kissing gate next to railway bridge.
Turn right along green lane to double gates.
Continue straight until sea wall is reached.
Turn right and follow sea wall to its end.
Exercise care after here as high tides can cover lower sections of path!
Follow hedgerow into narrow wood.
After the wood, follow the broad path straight on, ignoring access points for canal on right.
Broad path bears left and curves back to Quay.

An optional extra 3 mile visit to Glan yr Afon Nature Reserve starts by walking inland from Quay.

Follow road a few yards then turn right to the canal path.
At first bridge turn left into a lane and follow this to the road.
Turn right and continue on the road to cross the railway line.
Go straight ahead on Hillfield Villas, past terrace houses with occasional views of castle and church spire.
At end of road turn left in direction of spire.
Turn left into Bridge Road where refreshments are available. Watch out for Blue Plaques.
Go over road bridge and turn left into Glan yr Afon Car Park opposite 'Steam Bakery'.
Follow the cycle path on left of car park onto riverside walk.
At reserve board follow gravel path right then take right fork.
Ignore left path and continue until tarmacadam riverside cycle path is reached.
Turn left along path noting views of castle and church.
In Kidwelly re-trace route back to Quay.


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/764-kidwelly-quay-glan-yr-afon-nature-reserve




Photographs of the Walk


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View from Kidwelly Quay over the Gwendaeth Estuary


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From Quay, cross to other side of lock and walk canal path


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Picnic area on right


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Summer growth may hide the view of the water


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Daffodils here make this a lovely spring walk


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Cross at next bridge and turn right to continue on other side of canal


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Pleasant and easy walking on this section


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Bridges allow the canal to be crossed


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Open countryside to view


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View from bridge


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At end of canal go over stile and turn left


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Follow hedgerow to kissing gate next to railway bridge


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Kissing gate leads to Green lane


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Turn right along green lane to double gates


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Pleasant walking with views to Pembrey Country Park


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Watch for World War Two pill box


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Double gates


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Continue straight until sea wall is reached


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Watch out for the barbed wire


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Turn right and follow sea wall to its end


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Good views over the Gwendraeth estuary. Watch also for trains and RAF training flights


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Estuary views here but look to right for the castle and church spire


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A Kissing Gate marks the end of the sea wall


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Exercise care after here as high tides can cover lower sections of path!


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Follow hedgerow into narrow wood


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Can be muddy and uneven


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After the wood, the path can be muddy


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Go through gate and follow broad path straight on


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Still low enough to be covered at high tide


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Ignore access points for canal on right


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Broad path bears left and curves back to Quay


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Path can be covered by a high tide


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Easy walking here


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Views over to St Ishmaels and Llansaint


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Picnic site comes back into view


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Almost back to car park


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Glan yr Afon Nature Reserve is on the other side of the estuary behind railway bridge


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Optional extra 3 mile visit to Glan yr Afon Nature Reserve starts by walking inland from Quay


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Follow road then turn right to canal path


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Canal path


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At first bridge turn left into lane to road


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Single track lane


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Lane leads to road


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Road leads to Railway station


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Cross railway line


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Go straight ahead on Hillfield Villas, past terrace houses with occasional views of castle and church spire


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At end of Hillfield Villas, turn left in direction of spire


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Turn left into Bridge Road where refreshments are available


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Go over the road bridge


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Turn left into Glan yr Afon Car Park opposite the 'Steam Bakery'


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Follow the cycle path on left of car park onto riverside walk


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River does not immediately come into view


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Path goes through some trees before the reserve


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Turn around for a moment and look back at the view


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At reserve board follow gravel path right


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Route through the reserve


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Take right fork around periphery of reserve


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Ignore left path that meets the peripheral route


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Continue until the tarmacadam riverside cycle path is reached and turn left


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Views of castle and church will soon come into view


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Path returns to Kidwelly. Re-trace route back to Quay




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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