Walks

The walks described below are those in our current programme which was delivered to members in April. This programme covers the period up to the end of September 2017.

Go to walks for May, June, July, August, September

April

Saturday 8th April, PENMAEN CIRCULAR
Meet at 10.00am at the NT car park  (GR SS 533 888) for a 5 mile circular walk to Perriswood via Cefn Bryn, then down through Crawley Woods and back to Penmaen.
Leader  Jerry Kingham  Tel: 01792 371285, Dogs on short leads

Sunday 9th April IRISH FERRY WALK MANOBIER TO PEMBROKE DOCK
(Joint with Swansea Ramblers)
Meet at 9:00am Cross Hands Business Park between Co-op and Leekes (GR SN 566 129) for a 11.5 mile strenuous walk. We will take the Coastal Path to Freshwater East then paths and lanes to Pembroke and it’s Castle. We join the Coastal Path to Pembroke dock. We will be able to have a meal there before catching the 7:00pm train (bring a torch) but for those who need to be back early there is an earlier train (4:33pm Pembroke, 4:25pm Pembroke Dock)
Leader Dave Bird Tel: 01792 233634 or 07812 710343, Registered Assistance dogs only

Saturday 15th April, GOWERTON CIRCULAR
Meet at 10.00am at Gowerton CP near Commercial PH B4295 (GR SS 592 963) for a 5 mile moderate walk to include part of the Gower Way, Dunvant Brickworks, over to Caergynydd Colliery Stack, Waunarlwydd and return to Gowerton.
Leader Peter Jones Tel: 0784 054 2048, Dogs permitted on short leads

Saturday 22nd April, A WALK IN MID-GOWER
Meet at 10.00am at Lower Green Reynoldston opposite the church (GR SS 479 901) for an 8.5 mile moderate walk across fields and then along the ridge of Cefn Bryn.
Leader Val Bird Tel: 01792 233634, Registered assistance dogs only.

Sunday 23rd April SOUTH GOWER WALK
Meet at 10:00am Murton Community Hall (GR SS 586 892) for a strenuous 11 mile walk to Three Cliffs, Ilston and back through Kittle. Another from the “Blue Book”. Mud a possibility.
Leader Lynne Lock Tel: 01792 645 748 or 07984 299 915 Dogs permitted on short leads

Saturday 29th April 2017, CLYNE IN BLOOM
Meet at 10.30am at Clyne Gardens Car Park. (No charge in the section of the car park for Clyne Gardens) GR SS 618 905. Turn from Mumbles Rd in front of Woodman Inn, Blackpill.  Turn right into car park and park in one of the designated bays. Parking is also available in the park at the bottom of Derwen Fawr Road. The 2B and 3A buses stop on the Mumbles Road opposite the Woodman Inn. A 6 mile walk around Clyne Gardens and the Country Park.  We can expect a spectacular display of Azaleas, Rhododendron and Bluebells in bloom.
Leader Merfyn Williams  Tel: 01792 520181, No dogs, please

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May

Sunday 7th May PEN Y FAN FROM CRAIG CERRIG GLEISIAD
Mset at 9:00am between the Guildhall & Victoria Park (GR SS 643 923) or 10:00am at Craig Cerrrig Gleisiad lay-by on the A470 north of Storey Arms (GR SN 971 222). A 17km 850 metre climb and strenuous walk to ascend the area’s most popular mountain via the Taff Trail & Beacons Way. Return to Craig Cerrig Gleisian via Tommt Bell’s Monument and Fan Frynych.
Leader Mark Wolle Tel: 07557 478 789 Dogs on short leads

Saturday 13th May, WEST GOWER HILLS
Meet at 10.00am at Tankeylake Moor (GR SS 435 915) for a 9 mile moderate-strenuous walk, visiting Ryer’s Down, Llanmadoc Hill, Rhossili Down and Hardings Down.
Leader Dave Bird Tel: 01792 233634, Registered Assistance dogs only

Sunday 14th May, CERI AND BRYN ARW
(Joint with Swansea Ramblers)
Meet at 8:30am between the Guildhall & Victoria Park (GR SS 643 923) or 10:00am at Abergavenny Park Road Fairfield Car Park (free) NP7 (GR SO 299 145) for a 12.5 mile 1500ft ascent. A strenuous circular walk taking in two ridges of Abergavenny, crossing open moorland and passing through oak woodland. There will be stunning views and we see Coed y Cerrig national Nature Reserve.
Leaders Joan & Howard Siddle Tel: 07909 770708,  Registered Assistance dogs only

Saturday 20th May, TREDEGAR FAWR FARM WALK AND TALK
Meet at 10.00am at Tredegar Fawr Farm GR SS 632 997 for a two to two and a half hour farm walk and talk. Access is from the A48 between M4 junction 46 (Llangyfelach) and M4 junction 47 (Penllegaer). The visit will start with coffee and biscuits and a talk by the leader, followed by a walk around the 100 acre farm. There will be much to see including specimen trees, landscaping and historical and geological details. The walk will finish off with a glass of wine and a chance to eat your picnic lunch.
Leader Edward Harris Tel: 01792 771 847 or 01792 772 505 Mob: 07711 662 974 Well behaved dogs welcome.

Sunday 21st May, HAFOD ESTATE
(Joint with Swansea Ramblers)
Meet at 9:00am Cross hands between Co-op and Leekes (GR SN 566 129) or 10:30am Devils Bridge/Pont Rhyd y Groes B4574: Hafod car park near church SY25 6DX (GR SN 768 737) for a 9 mile moderate woodland walk that will take us through the Hafod Estate near Devil’s Bridge.
Leader Tim Gronow Tel : 07710 231 630.

Sunday 28th May, BURRY HOLMS
(Joint with Swansea Ramblers)
Meet 10:00am Llanmadoc: Cam Ivy Car Park (GR SS 439 935) for an 11 mile strenuous walk along the cast to the end of Burry Holms for lunch. Through Hillend, Llangennith and over Llanmadoc Hill for the best views on Gower. On to Cheriton back via the stepping stones and Betty Church’s Wood for a pleasant Gower walk ( a moderate walk but marked as strenuous due to it’s length).
Leads Bob Denley Tel: 01792 371 248 or 07766 554 480

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June

Saturday 3rd June THE NORTH WEST FRONTIER
Meet at  10:00am in “honesty” car park in Cam Ivy Lane (GR 439 935) for a 4hour walk around the coast of the the north west of the peninsula via Broughton Bay, Bluuepool Corner and Burry Holms to Hillend returning inland to Llangennith before ascending (and descending) Llanmadoc Hill to Cam Ivy.
Leader Robin Kirby Tel: 01792 230220. Dogs on short leads

Saturday 10th June, PENMAEN, NICHOLASTON AND CEFN BRYN
Meet at 10:00am at NT car park above the church at Penmaen GR SS 531 888 for a 5m/8km walk (approx) over Penmaen Burrows, Tor Bay, Nicholaston Burrows and Woods and up onto Cefn Bryn before returning to car.
Leader Amiel Price Tel: 01792 369121, Dogs on short leads

Sunday 11th June, TALGARTH
(Joint with Swansea Ramblers)
Meet at 8:30am between the Guildhall & Victoria Park (GR SS 643 923) or 10:00am at Talgath car park (GR SO 152 337 for a 12 mile strenuous walk following the North West slopes of the Black Mountains above Talgarthwalking via Castle Dinas, Mynydd Bychan and Pwll y Wrach Nature Reserve.
Leaders Joan & Howard Siddle Tel: 07909 770708,  Registered Assistance dogs only

Weekend 16th  – 19th June IRISH FERRY WALK PEMBROKE DOCK TO FISHGUARD
(Joint with Swansea Ramblers)
Three days of strenuous walking based at Haverfordwest to complete the last three sections of the walk started in April 2015. Contact Dave Bird before booking anything – participants must be able to walk distance at a fast pace.
Leader Dave Bird Tel: 01792 233634 or 07182710343

Saturday, 24th June 2017, WALK AROUND THE GNOLL ESTATE AND TONNA
(Joint with Swansea Ramblers)
Meet at 11.00am at the Gnoll Estate Main Car Park (moderate charge), Neath GR SS 766 974 for a 6 mile moderate walk. We will walk around the Estate, climb alongside the long formal cascade and then up the high naturalistic cascade, then down to Tonna, and back along the Neath Canal, finally climbing past the Ivy Tower.
Leader Merfyn Williams Tel: 01792 520 181, Dogs on short leads

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July

Saturday, 1st July, OXWICH CIRCULAR
(Joint with Swansea Ramblers)
Meet at 11.00am at Oxwich Car Park (parking charge) (GR SS 502 865) for a 6 mile moderate circular walk around Oxwich Point to Horton and back through woods and lanes.
Leaders:  Howard and Joan Siddle Tel: 07909 770708, Registered Assistance dogs only.

Sunday 2nd July, RHOSSILI CIRCULAR
Meet at 10:00am Rhossili car park GR SS 414 880) for a 10 mile strenuous walk through farms to Llandewi Church across farmland and down to the sea at Paviland. Back along the coastal path to Rhossili.
Leader Breda Regan Tel: 01792 686 317, Registered Assistance dogs only.

Saturday 8th July, PWLLDU HEAD CIRCULAR
Meet at 10.00am at the entrance to Caswell Bay car park (GR SS 593 877) for approximately three hour walk to Pwlldu Head via Gravesend.
Leader Guto ap Gwent Tel: 01792 232473. Dogs on short leads

Sunday 19th July AFON ARGOED
Meet at 9:00am between the Guildhall & Victoria Park (GR SS 643 923) or 9:50am at the Afon Argued Centre (GR SS 821 950) for a strenuous 12 mile walk. We’ll go over to and along Cwm Blaenpelenna, pass Twyn Pumerw to God-knows-whereon St. Illtyds walk, South to Cwm Cregan and home. I’ll make sure there are 3 or 4 good climbs!
Leads Bob Denley Tel: 01792 371 248 or 07766 554 480, no dogs

Saturday 29th July, CEFN BRYN FROM THE NORTH
Starting at 10:00am outside Llanrhidian Church (GR 497 923) for a 4 hour walk ascending Cefn Bryn from the north, traversing the ridge to Fairyhill and on to Landimore, returning along the marsh to Llanrhidian.
Leader Robin Kirby Tel: 01792 230220, Dogs on short leads

Sunday 30th July, AROUND CRAI VILLAGE
Meet at 10:00am between the Guildhall & Victoria Park (GR SS 643 923) or 9:45am A4067 in the lay-by on the right just before the turning to Crai village (GR SN 893 239) for a 10 mile moderate walk in the hills above Crai, finishing with a pleasant ridge walk along the other side of the valley.
Leader Ann Sedge Tel: 01792 864 035, no dogs 

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August

Saturday 5th August, KILLAY, FAIRWOOD LAKE & BLACKHILLS
Meet at 10:30am at Upper Killay Recreational Hall, Fairwood Lane – (GR 585 927) post code SA2 7HQ. Parking nearby – also adjacent to 118 bus stop). A short easy circular walk of 3.5 miles (though there are a few stiles) on the outskirts of the city but little known, even to people who have lived locally all their lives. We will see varied woodland, two lakes (one of which is the largest expanse of fresh water on Gower) and cross over a golf course during the walk. We will have the option of stopping for coffee at the Wildflower Café part way through our walk (or bring a picnic to consume nearby). Whilst the route is on mainly good paths, it may be uneven underfoot in a few places so sturdy footwear is required.
Leader: Neil Barry Tel: 07808 502 527, Dogs on short leads.

Sunday 13th August, ABERBRAN
Meet at 8:30am between the Guildhall & Victoria Park (GR SS 643 923) or 9:45am Brecon: Aberbran Fawr lay-by on the A40 West of Brecon (GR 992  289) for an 11 mile strenuous circular walk on hills around Brecon Beacons and North to Mind Epynt.
Leaders Joan & Howard Siddle Tel: 07909 770708

Sunday 27th August, THE YSTRADGYNNLAIS WALK
Meet at 9:00am between the Guildhall & Victoria Park (GR SS 643 923) or 10:00am at Ynyscedwyn Iron Works Tower, Post Our Road off Glan-Rhyd Road B4599 (GR SN 783 092) for a 10 mile strenuous walk starting from Ynyscedwyn Iron Works Tower, taking in Swansea Canal, a stone viaduct, passing Coronation Park, Cwmgeidd, old Brecon railway path.
Leader Roger Brown Tel: 01792 580 699 or 07977 144 074

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September

Saturday 2nd September, MYNYDD Y GWAIR ARCHAEOLOGY
Meet at 11.00am at the Upper Lliw Reservoir pull in (GR SN 672 065), off the Rhyd y Pandy mountain B-road from Morriston Hospital to Betws/Ammanford – look for Welsh flag flying! Join archaeologist Charles Hill for a short, largely moderate walk on the disputed, northern border of the Lordship of Gower. We will visit an important prehistoric ritual site, walk the remains of a Roman(?) road and examine the site and history of Penlle’r Castell, the highest medieval castle site of Glamorgan. We will also be able to view the new windfarm at Mynydd y Betws and see the state of construction of the Mynydd y Gwair windfarm.
Leader Charles Hill Tel: 07789793031, Sorry no dogs

Saturday 9th September,BISHOPSTON VALLEY & SOUTHGATE
Meet at 10.00am at Pennard Church (GR SS 566 887) for a moderate 6 mile walk down the Bishopston Valley to Pwlldu Bay, then up and along the cliffs to Southgate. Returning through fields and the valley.
Leader Jane Probert Tel: 01792 360655, Dogs on short leads

Sunday 10th September  CAIO
Meet at 9:00am Cross Hands (GR SN 565130) or 9:45am at Caio (GR SN 674 398) for  a 10 mile strenuous walk via Banc Bronffin towards Rhyd Ddu returning via Caio forest.
Please text me if you intend to meet at Caio.
Leader Robert Johnston Tel: 07776 080 834. Registered Assistance dogs only.

Thursday 14 September, THE GOWER WAY AND THE COAST PATH
Meet at 10.00am at Rhossili Church car park (honesty box) GR SS 416 880 for a 10m/16km walk following the Gower Way to Old Henllys before heading south to the Coast Path at Paviland.  The final leg of the walk is along the spectacular Gower Coast with great views of Worms Head and Rhossili Bay.
Leader Alan Bailey Tel: 01792 233046, Dogs on short leads

Saturday 16th September, SOUTH GOWER CIRCULAR
(Joint with the Swansea Ramblers)
Meet at 9.00am at Newton Highpool Lane (GR SS 601 884) for an 11 mile moderate walk to Manselfield, Bishopston, Pwll Du, Caswell, Langland, Rotherslade, Mumbles Hill, Thistle Boon, Underhill Park. Refreshments in Newton Inn (if open) or Rock & Fountain.
Leader: Roger Brown Tel: 01792 580699 or 07977 144074.

Saturday 23rd September, PENNARD CLIFFS AND CASTLE
Meet at 10.45am at Pennard School/Library car park,( GR SS 554 883) for 8mile moderate walk.
It is possible to travel by Nr 14 bus from Swansea (9.49 from bus station)-due to arrive at 10.30, but please check timetable nearer the date. A scenic stroll along Pennard Cliffs, stopping at Pobbles beach and Pennard castle. Then onto Penmaen Church, Green Cwm and Parkmill. There are two steep climbs but the views are worth it.
Leader Phil Rickard Tel: 07951 621207. Registered assistance dogs only

Sunday 24th September CYMDU AND TALIARIS (CARMARTHENSHIRE)
Meet at 9:30am Cross Hands top end of Leekes Car park (GR SN 566 129) or 10:15am outside Cwmdu Inn, turn left at Halfway before Talley if coming from Llandeilo N.B. limited parking nearby so please share cars (GR SN 635 302) for an 11.5 mile moderate quiet country walk deep in the heart of rural Carmarthenshire. Starting in the tiny village of Cyndu near the historic pub, post office and shop, the route climbs uphill for great panoramic views. Later the circles Taliaris Park.
Leader Karen Gibbs Tel 07748 349264, Registered assistance dogs only.

Saturday 30th September, OXWICH AND PENRICE
Meet at 10.30am at Penny Hitch (GR SS 493 882) for a 8.5m/14km moderate walk past two churches, two castles through woods, fields, sand dunes and cliffs. This walk has everything!
Leader Alan Bailey Tel: 01792 233046, Dogs on short leads

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