Swansea Ramblers Walk
Exploring Mawr & Garnswllt
In Northern Swansea
24th November 2013
Leader: Tim Orrell
Countryside Connections Officer
This walk was arranged by Swansea Ramblers as part of the Countryside Connections project which is funded by the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. It is a project within the Swansea Rural Development Plan and facilitated by the Swansea Rural Development Partnership.
One of the Countryside Connections Officers, Tim Orrell, took 28 of us on a walk and talk, starting from the Garnswllt Activity Centre. As we went along, Tim explained about the habitats for wildlife and what we may see on the way. We learned some surprising facts about the countryside around us that made us more aware of the nature through which we walk.
Emina at the Garnswllt Activity Centre was our host, joining us on the walk and afterwards made us feel welcome with cups of tea and coffee in the Garnswllt Activity Centre.
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(2021 No longer promoted! - but paths are still there!).
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Leader: Tim Orrell
Tim tells us about the Rural community of Mawr
and the countryside we are about to see
Uphill from the Garnswllt Activity Centre
Another new walker joined us,
attracted by the possibility of walking the rural ward
Along the old cart track below the road
Winter can be cold in the hills
but the winter countryside is well worth seeing
Well Peter thinks so!
Nearly at the top!
and Ammanford is below us
Well! OK!- Nearly at the top!
Reached the pass over the Cwm
... with great views up ahead of Cwmcerdinan
A few gates to get through
Of various shapes
... and different obstacles
In its winter glory
Got to have a bit of mud and water!
... and the walk is well worth doing!
Up the road a little to a tramway
... with splendid views
Well someone's definitely enjoying herself
Familiar Peninsula in the distance
Cwmcerdinan gives wonderful views to Whiteford Point on Gower
Descending but we'll be going half way up over there!
Tim stops to talk once more about the wildlife
Heading along the highway to the moorland
Wonderful views up here
Still on the Cwmcerdinan Walk
Great views up here!
There's Whiteford Lighthouse
Uneven Grassy lumps?
No! - a prehistoric cairn
Left the Cwmcerdinan Walk and heading back
towards the Garnswllt Centre
There's a hot air balloon over there
Bet there's a lot of cold air around it!!
Over the level moorland
... and onto the descending road to the centre
For coffee after a wonderful walk
... and views like these!
Can we go round again?
Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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All photographs Copyright
Andrew Morgan 2013
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