Walks Around Swansea
Swansea has some great coastal walking with other nice trails to be found in the woods, country parks, reservoirs and canals nearby. It's proximity to the Afan Forest, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the wonderful Gower AONB also make it a great base for walkers.
This walk around Swansea takes you along the Wales Coast Path to Singleton Park, Clyne Valley Country Park and the Mumbles. There's great views across Swansea Bay with its lovely beaches and the opportunity to explore some coastal parks on the way.
The walk starts at the marina next to the River Tawe in Swansea. You follow the path west past The Tower at Meridian Quay, the tallest building in Wales, standing at 107m (351ft). Soon after you come to Brynmill and the lovely Singleton Park. The botanical gardens feature Herbaceous borders, a Rock garden, Ornamental gardens, a Japanese bridge, Glasshouses and a Herb garden.
The path then bends round to the south towards Black Pill where you can visit Clyne Valley Country Park. Here you will find 700 acres of wooded hillsides, steep gorges, meadows and wet valley floor.
The path continues south into the Mumbles District where you will pass the ruins of Oystermouth Castle. The Norman stone castle, overlooks Swansea Bay on the east side of the Gower Peninsula.
The final section climbs towards Mumbles Head finishing near the Victorian pier. The pier was opened in 1898 at the terminus of the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, which in its time was one of the oldest passenger railways in the world. There's also a Lighthouse built in 1794 and a number of nice cafes and pubs for refreshments at the end of your walk.
You can virtually explore this section of the coast path on the google street view link below.
Swansea Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Swansea Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Swansea OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Swansea Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Swansea
- Penllergare Valley Woods - Penllergare Valley Woods in Swansea is a wonderful place for walkers with miles of woodland trails, lakes, and beautiful waterfalls
- Bishopston Valley - This walk takes you through a beautiful wooded valley to the stunning beach at Pwll Du Bay
- Singleton Park - Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens in this large park in Swansea
- Mumbles Circular - This circular walk takes you around the Mumbles headland on the western edge of Swansea Bay, just south of Swansea
- Craig-y-Nos Country Park - This delightful 40-acre Victorian garden is perfect for a peaceful stroll
- Swansea Canal - Enjoy an easy waterside cycle or walk along the Swansea Canal and River Tawe
- Gnoll Estate Country Park - Explore 240 acres of woodland and wide open spaces in this country park in Neath
- Afan Forest Park Country Park - Set in the beautiful Afan Valley in Neath Port Talbot, this 48-square-mile forest park has miles of cycling trails, walking trails and several fantastic mountain bike trails.
- Aberdulais Falls - This circular walk in Neath visits the lovely Aberdulais waterfall and explores the woodland trails in Craig Gwladys Country Park
- Margam Country Park - This large country park includes the magnificent Margam Castle, an 18th Century Orangery with ornamental gardens and a Deer Park, all set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside
- Cwm Clydach - This circular walk takes you around the Cwm Clydach National Nature Reserve near Swansea. 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
- Mumbles to Langland and Caswell Bay Walk - This walk takes you from the Mumbles to the lovely Caswell Bay on the south east of the Gower Peninsula
- Kilvey Hill - This circular walk climbs to the Kilvey Hill viewpoint in Swansea
- Clyne Valley Country Park - Explore 700 acres of wooded hillsides, steep gorges, meadows and wet valley floor in this country park near Swansea and Gowerton
- Brombil Reservoir - This walk visits Brombil Reservoir and Brombil Woods near Port Talbot.
- Pontarddulais - This town is located near to the city of Swansea and the splendid Gower Peninsula.
- Pontardawe - This town in the Swansea Valley has some nice riverside and canalside paths to try.
- Port Talbot - This coastal town is located near Swansea in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot.
- Pwll Du Circular Walk - This circular walk explores the area around the National Trust's Pwll Du Bay on the Gower Peninsula.
- Swansea Bike Path - Follow the Swansea Bike Path along Swansea Bay on this lovely coastal cycle ride in South Wales.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just east of the city centre there's a fine climb to Kilvey Hill to try. There's some peaceful woodland trails and excellent views over the city and docks from this prominent viewpoint.
Cyclists can pick up National Cycle Route 43 which runs north to Caehopkin where you link with the popular Celtic trail. The route passes along the Swansea Canal which is suitable for cyclists and walkers.