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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Mynydd y Gaer




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Blackmill on A4061 north of M4 junction 36

Walk Distance: 7 miles (4 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate - very muddy in places - map & compass advisable for ridge walk

Parking: Blackmill livestock market (behind Fox & Hounds Pub)(free)

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




Walk Description



A valley walk above Bridgend going alongside a river,
following a ridge walk with views to the coast and surrounding hills
then descending back through an oak woodland.

From the Fox & Hounds, cross the road and turn right.
Turn left into Meadow View and ascend to the footpath on the right between the houses.
At the road turn left for about 1.5 miles.
At the crossroads, continue straight ahead through the gate by the house and ascend.
The upper part of this path can be very muddy!
Join a single track road to the common.
Turn right off the road and follow the path uphill for 360 degree views.
Follow the path to the Trig Point. Continue straight on.
A steep valley descends to the right but keep to the top, bearing slightly right towards the fields.
Continue parallel with the fields, until a stile is reached where the ground is rocky from motorbike damage.
Go diagonally across the grass to another stile and a dirt track.
Turn left and at the road junction go right downhill. Take the footpath to the left at the end of the stone wall.
Pass through a gate and descend the right fork into the woodland.
Watch carefully for the right turn in the woodland to descend through the trees to the bottom path.
Turn right and descend to the gate by Hendre Post Farm.
Continue downhill on the track and bear left under a railway bridge.
Just before the road turn right along another track.
Join the busy road and take care walking about 300 yards to the T-junction and the pavement back 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/491




Photographs of the Walk


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Cross the road by the Fox and Hounds


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Watch for the path going up between houses


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The path ascends between the houses


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Turn left and follow this road


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Continue on this road for 1.5 miles


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A pleasant walk by the river


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Continue on this road


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There is a river in the valley


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Continue straight past the house


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Continue uphill straight past the house


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Continue uphill straight past the house


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Continue uphill


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Continue uphill


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Starts to get very muddy for a few hundred yards


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Nearly at the tarmacadam road


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Go straight up this road


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Ignore the left turn


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This is the same junction looking the other way


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At the common turn right


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Go uphill on the path


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Traffic has cut into the path


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On the ridge walk. Wind farm behind


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Continue straight on the ridge looking at the views


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Eventually a hidden trig comes into view


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Continue straight on


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Continue straight on


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Derelict houses to the right


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Go slightly right to walk parallel with the right hand fields


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Go slightly right to walk parallel with the right hand fields


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Continue to a stile ignoring the way mark post (on extreme right of photo)


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Go through gap diagonally across field


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Go through gap diagonally across field


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At stile and rough farm track turn left


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At stile and rough farm track turn left


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Continue along track to road junction


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Continue along track to road junction


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At road junction turn right downhill


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Go downhill


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At end of left wall turn left


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Go through gate


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Take the right fork to descend


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Enter an Oak wood


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After a short distance take care not to miss the turning right


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This is the right turn


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Go down through the wood


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At bottom turn right and continue down


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Continue down


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Go left through gate


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Continue on track


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Display boards on right. Continue left on track


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Go left to a bridge


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Go under bridge


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Turn right on track for a short distance


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Join the busy road Take care!


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The pavement is a couple of hundred yards ahead. Take care!


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At junction join the pavement


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Blackmill is just ahead


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Cross back to the finish




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

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