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Swansea Ramblers Walk



A walk on the Wild side (of Gowerton)




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Brynymor Road/Pont y Cob Junction

Walk Distance: 7 miles (4 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate - Some mud

Parking: Car park near the Commercial Inn

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




Walk Description



At the signpost follow the stream to a bridge.
Turn right, continuing to a stile. Go straight across, bearing right where the field divides.
Turn right along road then left to follow Llwynmawr Lane.
At the far end of Berthlwyd Uchaf farmyard go through the chained gate then bear left to the next gate.
Go uphill then right, following the hedge, noting the views.
Turn right at a road to the B4295.
Cross & turn left to the cycle path gate. Follow it until a metal barrier (not gate) leads onto the busy road.
Cross to the kissing gate. Go through some gardens to a field.
Go diagonally right to a stile then left to a second stile. To the right, a stile leads to the lane.
Go uphill to the busy road then turn left for a few hundred yards. At the gatehouse turn right up the track through ornamental gates.
Where the track bears left continue straight to the old gate on the left.
Ascend the field towards the electrical transformer where a gate leads onto the Golf course.
Look for a couple of easy to miss way-mark posts & head straight to follow the right side of the hedge, looking back at the views over the estuary.
At a marker post turn left downhill to the bottom right corner of the field.
Go over the stile, taking care here as there are no way marks in the overgrown wood before the next stile.
Continue straight on over a cattle grid and some makeshift stiles.
The path enters a wood where you need to step over an old fence across the path.
Continue on, eventually turning left then immediately right onto a sunken path.
At the bridge turn left to the houses and follow the road down 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/495-gowerton/




Photographs of the Walk


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At the Footpath signpost on Brynymor Road / Pont y Cob junction follow the stream


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Follow the stream alongside the houses to a bridge


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Turn right at the bridge


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Follow track for half a mile


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Go over stile and head straight on


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Bear right (Don't go up the hill)


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Continue to Cefn Stylle Road


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Turn right taking care to avoid busy traffic


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Turn left into Llynmawr Lane


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Follow the lane for about a mile, going through a couple of gates


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After the houses the path becomes a narrow wooded lane. Watch for views of the estuary


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There will be a couple of gates to go through


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Follow the lane as it bears left. Ignore this gate and opening to the right


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Approaching Berthllwyd Uchaf Farm. Continue straight on through the gate


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Continue along farm yard track


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A chained gate exits the farmyard. Make sure you fasten the chain again


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Bear left to another farm gate


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Go through gate and uphill then before the next gate turn right to follow the hedge


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Good views over the estuary. Watch for Loughor Bridge, Bynea Millennium Bridge and maybe a passing train.


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Follow the hedge and cross a couple of stiles


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Last stile drops onto a single track road. Turn right onto this


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Track drops down to the Berthllwyd Pub (now The Sea Garden Chinese Restaurant) and the busy B4295


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Cross the B4295 and turn left to join the cycle path at a metal gate


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A little way after passing the Garden Nursery, turn left to leave the cycle path through a pedestrian barrier.
Turn left on the pavement for a few yards then take great care crossing the very busy B4295 to the footpath



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A kissing gate on the opposite side of the road leads to Wern Olau


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Follow the raised path through the back of the houses


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Follow the path through the back of more houses


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Continue through the back of the houses


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Follow the path through the back of the houses


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Follow the path through the garden nursery


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Go over the stile along a narrow path to a stile into a field


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Go diagonally right to another stile


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After going diagonally to reach this stile, turn left


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Another stile is hidden in the dip where a bridge crosses a small stream


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Stile is hidden here in the dip


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Cross the stile and go to right corner of field


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Go over the stile into a lane and follow lane uphill


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Continue uphill to the busy Cefn Stylle Road


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Turn left and follow this busy road downhill for a few hundred yards


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Follow this busy road downhill for a few hundred yards, ignoring the first footpath on the right


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At the Cefn Golau Gatehouse follow the tarmacadam path uphill


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Continue uphill past the high ornamental entrance gates


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The road bears left to the house but continue to the gate on the left (not the gate into the woods)


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Go uphill to the hidden gate near the left corner below the electricity transformer


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Carefully negotiate the way through the golf course, watching for sign posts and golfers


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Follow the hedgerow but first look back at the view over the estuary


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Halfway along the fairway, at a low marker post, turn left and go downhill at the side of the field


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Descend the side of the field to the bottom right corner


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A hidden stile leads into the overgrown wood


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This wood can be difficult to navigate. Note there is field on the left. The stile is further along its fence
Swansea Council have done a lot of work here to make it easier to use. Watch for the new way markers



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Route winds its way around trees, mud and streams
Watch for the marker posts installed by the Rights of Way Department



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Eventually the stile near the field boundary can be seen


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Follow the tramway to two stiles


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Cross two stiles and a farm track then follow markers to the next stile in the corner of the field


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Tramway continues for about a hundred yards


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The council have installed a stile here to make the path easier to use
Continue straight on through the open fields , keeping to left of the boundary



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Keep to the left of the field boundary


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Follow woodland boundary into the woods


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The woodland boundary into the woods


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Cross the stile into the woodland


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Follow the woodland path for about a mile


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Continue straight on until a disused BMX cycle course appears


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The cycle course is on the right but turn left into the sunken lane and follow it down
Swansea Rights of Way Department have way marked the path to the houses



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Cross bridge and turn left


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Enter the track by the house


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Turn left on Maes y Deri Road then left down Ffordd Alltwen to the finish
(or you could go straight across and follow the housing estate paths to emerge further east on Brynymor Road)





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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