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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Tennant Canal and Pant y Sais Boardwalk




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Jersey Marine Village on B4290

Walk Distance: 0.5 miles/3 miles/4 miles/6 miles (1/2/3/4 hours)

Walk Level: Mostly Easy - some mud

Parking: Limited on-street parking

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




Walk Description



This walk visits a recently constructed boardwalk in Pant y Sais Nature Reserve then offers walks of varying distances along the Tennant Canal.

Walk a short distance along New Road in the direction of Skewen until a galvanised fence is seen on the opposite side of the road.
Here follow the boardwalk around the fen, ignoring the right turn. After a while follow the left turn and emerge onto the canal towpath.
(To complete the half mile walk, retrace your steps to the boardwalk junction and turn left, then left again).

Additional 3-4 miles:
Turn left and follow the canal then cross the pedestrian bridge to the weir.
Turn back here to complete a 3 mile walk or continue for another half mile under the M4 flyover to an old canal bridge.
Retrace your steps along the canal.
Either return via the boardwalk or continue along the towpath to the road bridge.
Additional 2 miles:
A further 2 mile walk takes you across the road from the B4290 bridge and down onto the left bank of the canal.
The first and last parts of the towpath are fine but a 100 yard section can be extremely muddy and waterlogged.
You will need to cross this twice so make sure you have good pair of boots and are happy to negotiate this section.
You will be rewarded with an idyllic walk along the canal.
At a ruined stone bridge where two canals meet, the path goes through a wood until it reaches a tarmacadam path.
Ignore that path and turn left through a very short muddy section to join the line of an old disused railway.
Follow this until a path on the left descends by a pylon to the canal.
Turn right and retrace your steps 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/754-tennant-canal-pant-y-sais-fen




Photographs of the Walk


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Pant y Sais Fen and the Tennant Canal


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Head along New Road in the direction of Skewen


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Cross to the boardwalk


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Follow the boardwalk


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Ignore the right turn


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Continue in a semi circle so you are walking back towards Jersey Marine


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Take left turn onto canal.
(To complete the half mile walk, retrace your steps from the canal to the boardwalk junction and turn left, then left again)



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Turn left and follow the canal


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Lots of reeds growing here


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Pass under the rail bridges


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Continue along towpath


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New Pedestrian bridge in distance


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Cross bridge


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Continue on other side


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Weir marks return point for the 3 mile walk


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Continue over weir to do the 4 mile walk


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Go under rail bridge. Take care on narrow path


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Pass under the BOC access bridge


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Continue under the M4


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This bridge just after the M4 marks the return point


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Canal continues on but is muddy so retrace steps to boardwalk


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At boardwalk either continue along canal to road bridge or return on boardwalk


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Passing the boardwalk the B4290 bridge comes into view


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Finish the 4 mile walk here
or
cross to other side for an extra 2 miles



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B4290 goes towards Towers Hotel but turn right onto canal


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Descend onto towpath


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Soon gets wet


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... and muddy!


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Gets better


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Very muddy areas interspersed with drier sections


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Very wet again!


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Pass beneath the old Llandarcy pipe line


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At the junction with the disused canal, note the ruined bridge then follow woodland path


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Start of woodland path


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An attractive area in autumn


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The Swansea boundary is marked with the end of the tarmacadam cycle path


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Take the left, ignoring the cycle path


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Just this bit of mud to pass


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Rest of railway line is dry and easy to walk


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Continue parallel with the canal


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Descend at the first obvious path by the pylon


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Broad descent


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Canal just ahead


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Retrace steps along towpath to end of walk




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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