This National Nature Reserve near Swansea has some fine walking trails to try. The route takes you throught the lovely Clydach Gorge where the River Clydach flows to the River Usk. On the way you'll see some lovely scenery with bluebell woodland, pretty waterfalls and lots of interesting flora and fauna to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for birdlife including wood warblers, grey wagtails, dippers and spotted flycatchers. In winter, buzzards, red kites and ravens can be also be seen.
This route is quite a challenging circular walk, running for about 10 miles with some climbs to the mountains in the area. For an easier route you could just do the first section along the river path if you prefer.
The walk starts in the large village of Clydach located some 6 miles (9.7 km) north east of Swansea city centre. From here you can pick up public footpaths heading north along the River Clydach to the reserve. Eventually the river paths come out onto a road above Mynydd Carnllechart. Here you can pick up a section of the St Illtyd's Walk to take you south east along the Barran Road. You then leave the road to follow footpaths past Mynydd Gellionen before other paths take you south east to return to the river and the finish point of the walk.
The Swansea Canal starts in Clydach so you could pick this up to continue your waterside walking in the area.