Swansea Ramblers Walk
Gower Way 1
A series of six linear walks
from mountain to sea
Walk 1: Pen Lle'r Castell to Felindre
12th April 2014
Leader: Roger Brown
A Gower Walk with a difference! Created by our former footpath officer, the late Peter Thomas, a long distance Gower path winds its way from the most northerly point of The Lordship of Gower to the south-western tip of peninsula Gower.
The Gower Way explores not just what people today think of as Gower - The peninsula with its beaches, cliffs and country walking but also the rest of Gower. This is an area formerly ruled over by the Lords of Gower and which covers what now forms the northern extent of the City & County of Swansea above the Lliw Reservoirs and descends down to the City of Swansea itself - so everyone living in Swansea west of the River Tawe is a citizen of Gower!
Swansea Ramblers have arranged a series of six walks to complete the whole of The Gower Way by September 2014. We are being supported by The City & County of Swansea via their Countryside Connections team. Tim Orrell of that department was on hand to describe the natural environment through which we walked and help to connect the public with the countryside.
Over thirty people came out to explore this area, some visiting Felindre and northern Swansea for the first time.
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Leader: Roger Brown
Dropped off by bus near Pen Lle'r Castell
The buses are funded by Swansea Council via
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Saturday walks co-ordinator, Lynne Esson welcomes everbody to the walk
Can see Port Talbot from here!
Tim Orrell of Swansea Council's Countryside Connections
Tim will tell us about the natural environment
The coach is gone!
We'll have to walk back now!
We had a full coach of eager walkers
And off we go!
Wind turbines overshadow the ancient boundary castle of Pen Lle'r Castell
The castle earthworks are still impressive
It's a long way down here!
Off we go again
The first (last) Gower Way Stone (No 50)
There are over 50 of these to see
(There are some with an *A* suffix)
Stones give us a focus to the walk and reassure us we're on the right track!
It could be easy to get lost otherwise
Good job Swansea Ramblers know the route
Wonderful views up here
We even saw Whiteford Point earlier!
Cold spring day today
A road and a stone
Heading towards Lliw reservoirs
Beautiful up here but lots more to see
Roger found another stone
There's the upper reservoir
Isn't this fun!
Into the forest
Beside the upper reservoir
Enjoying the social side of walking
The lower Lliw Reservoir
Time for coffee in the waterside cafe
Crossing the reservoir
Onto a lovely path
Only climb of the day
(Just one field!)
Nearly in the village of Felindre
Stone 40 and the end of today's walk
European funding enabled this walk
Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information
All photographs Copyright
Andrew Morgan 2014
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