|Clyne Valley Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Explore 700 acres of wooded hillsides, steep gorges, meadows and wet valley floor in this country park in Swansea. The park is great for walking and cycling with the trackbed of the old London Midland Scottish Railway forming the park's main footpath and cycleway. There are a number of water features in the park with the Clyne River and a number of lakes and ponds to enjoy. Look out for birdlife that includes wagtails, wrens, nuthatches, robins and woodpeckers.|
If you would like to continue your walk/cycle you can follow the traffic free Swansea bike path along the coast into Swansea, or north to Gowerton. The nearby Singleton Park with its beautiful botanical gardens is also well worth visiting. View Full Details>>
|Singleton Park||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens in this large park in Swansea. The gardens feature Herbaceous borders, a Rock garden, Ornamental gardens, a Japanese bridge, Glasshouses and a Herb garden. There's also a boating lake with pedal boats available for hire. |
To extend your walk continue south along the Wales Coast Path and visit Clyne Valley Country Park. View Full Details>>
|Swansea||10 miles (16 km)||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 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. View Full Details>>
|Mumbles Circular||3 miles (5.5 km)||This circular walk takes you around the Mumbles headland on the western edge of Swansea Bay, just south of Swansea. It starts by the bus station and information centre near Oystermouth Castle. It's well worth exploring the ruins of the 12 century Norman Castle before starting the coastal walk. There are lovely views over the bay from the castle grounds.|
You head along the coast to Mumbles Head where there is a lifeboat station and long pier. From here there are great views out to Mumbles Head and the lighthouse.
You continue along the coast, passing Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay before heading to the lovely Langland Bay. There's a nice beach here and great views down the Gower coast.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could continue along the Gower coast and visit the delightful Bishopston Valley and visit the beautiful secluded beach at Pwll Du Bay. View Full Details>>
|Swansea Canal||4 miles (5.7 km)||Enjoy an easy waterside cycle or walk along the Swansea Canal and River Tawe. The route runs from Clydach to Pontardawe along route number 43 of the National Cycle Network. The route uses the canal towpath and a riverside trail, passing locks and bridges on the way. Look out for a variety of wildlife including otters, kingfishers, dippers, ducks, moths, butterflies and beetles. View Full Details>>|
|Millennium Coastal Park Llanelli||14 miles (22 km)||This fabulous country park in Carmarthenshire has miles of coastal cycling and walking paths to enjoy. You can follow National Cycle Route 4 along a super traffic free path which passes along the beautiful Loughor estuary and the Gower peninsula. The route takes you past Llanelli beach and Tywyn beach to Burry Port where you will find a pretty harbour, beach and the newest marina in Wales. You then head back east passing Sandy Water Park and Machynys beach before coming to the National Wetlands Centre where you can look out for a variety of birdlife. Look out for flocks of dunlin, ringed plover, sanderling and redshank along the coast whilst shelduck, oystercatcher and curlew can be seen further out on the mudflats. |
Other highlights in the park include the excellent Discovery Centre where you will find a wealth of information about the area in a fabulous modern building.
If you would like to continue your outing you could head west along the coast to the fabulous Pembrey Country Park where you will find more lovely coastal scenery, woodland wildlife trails and bike hire from the Ski Pembrey centre. View Full Details>>
|Afan Forest Park Country Park||11 miles (17 km)||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.|
For a nice easy cycle the Rheilffordd Trail is a great option. It takes you along the River Afan on a disused railway path.
For mountain bikers there are several well laid out trails. The Penhydd Trail is a 22km loop voted as the trail to ride before you die by What Mountain Bike Magazine in 2004. The 46km Skyline Trail has stunning skyline views of the Brecon Beacons, the Preselis, the Black Mountains and the South Wales coast.
Walkers will find 14 waymarked circular trails taking you along the River Afan, through the peaceful woodland and up to the Ridgetops where there are fabulous views to enjoy.
If you have time you could continue your outing by heading a couple of miles north east to the nearby Glyncorrwg Ponds where you will find lovely waterside walking and cycling trails. View Full Details>>
|Margam Country Park||3 miles (5 km)|| 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. |
The park is excellent for cycling with miles of tarmac roads and rough tracks. A section of the National Cycle Network known as the Celtic Trail Route 4 runs through the northern end of the park. The only place that you are not allowed to cycle is the Orangery Gardens.
There is also a splendid, 5 mile mountain Bike Trail. It is waymarked with yellow markers and takes place on tracks, paths and rough ground. The Margam Activity Centre offers guided rides for families.
Margam is also great for walking with several different colour coded waymarked trails taking you to the different sections of the park. View Full Details>>
|Pembrey Country Park||7 miles (12 km)||With stunning views of the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay this coastal country park is one of the most popular in the UK. It is perfect for a long cycle or walk with numerous well laid trails, National Cycle Network route 4 and St Illtyd's Walk all running through the park and the adjacent Pembrey Forest.|
Highlights include the gorgeous Cefn Sidan beach with 8 miles of golden sand and extensive dunes. There are also 8 Wildlife trails, the beautiful Corsican pine forest and a Conservation pond with bird hides.
The off road cycle trail is perfect for a family cycle ride - you can bring your own bike or hire one from the Ski Pembrey centre. Here you could also hire some skis and try the dry sky slope in the park! It's a top class facility with an Alpine Ski Lodge, Cafe and a floodlit 130m main slope. There's also a fantastic toboggan run, crazy golf and pony trekking on offer.
If you'd like to continue your walk/cycle then you could head further into the adjacent Pembrey Forest - it covers nearly 2500 acres with several lovely woodland trails and interesting wildlife including sparrowhawk and goshawk. You could also follow National Cycle Route 4 along the coast to Llanelli where you will find the splendid Millennium Coastal Parkor follow St Illtyd's Walk into the beautiful countryside. View Full Details>>
|Penllergare Valley Woods||1 miles (2 km)||Penllergare Valley Woods in Swansea is a wonderful place for walkers with miles of woodland trails, lakes, and beautiful waterfalls. Once the estate of botanist and pioneer photographer John Dillwyn Llewelyn, the woods have recently been restored by the Penllergare Trust. It's an enchanting place with terraces, waterfalls and cascades and the beautiful stone arched Llewelyn Bridge. There's good walking paths taking you along the river, around the upper and lower lake and through woodland and parkland. There are also good facilities with car parking and a coffee shop. View Full Details>>|
|Bishopston Valley||2 miles (3 km)||This walk takes you through a beautiful wooded valley to the stunning beach at Pwll Du Bay. It's a delightful tranquil area with the running water of the river and interesting flora and fauna.|
The walk starts in Kittle and follows footpaths south through the Bishopston Valley. The paths runs along the river which is surrounded by woodland and little caves. You continue through wet meadows grazed by cattle and home to various wildflowers before coming to the delightfully secluded Pwll Du Bay. Here you can enjoy a stroll along the beach and take in the wonderful coastal views of the Gower.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head a mile or so west and visit the ruins of Pennard Castle and explore the beautiful Pennard Burrows. If you head east along the coast towards Swansea you will find the Mumbles where there are more nice coastal walking paths.
The valley is located just a few miles south west of Swansea. View Full Details>>
|Lliw Reservoir||2 miles (3 km)||This is a nice walk between Lower Lliw Reservoir and Upper Lliw Reservoir, using a section of the Gower Way long distance trail. It's about a 2 mile walk between the reservoirs, so 4 miles there and back. It's a resonably flat path with a moderate climb towards the end as you approach the upper reservoir. The reservoirs are in a delightfully quiet spot with lovely views of the surrounding hills and countryside. Look out for wildlife including Canadian geese on the water.|
The walk starts of from the Lower Lliw Reservoir car park. There's also a visitor centre and cafe which sells a variety of cakes and snacks at reasonable prices.
After leaving the car park you follow the trail north along the eastern side of the lower reservoir. It then continues along the Afon Lliw (River Lliw) to the upper reservoir. If you would like to extend your walk you can continue north along the Gower Way through the woodland at the upper reservoir to Penlle'r Castell where the trail actually starts/finishes. Here it links with St Illtyd's Walk which you can use to further explore the area.
The site is located a few miles north of Swansea. View Full Details>>
|Craig-y-Nos Country Park||2 miles (3.6 km)||This delightful 40-acre Victorian garden is perfect for a peaceful stroll. There are well laid out walking paths taking you through woodlands, meadows, wide lawns and along the River Tawe which runs through the park.|
Craig-y-Nos Country Park is located in the Brecon Beacons National Park so the surrounding scenery is spectacular. Within the park you will find the historic Craig-y-nos Castle surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and two pretty lakes which attract a wide variety of wildlife. There is also a visitor centre and tea room with benches and picnic areas.
The park is located near Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea. View Full Details>>
|Pen Y Fan||5 miles (8 km)||Climb the highest peak in South Wales and southern Britain on this stunning walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park.|
This is a challenging climb to the 2906 feet (886m) summit but the footpaths are generally very good for most of the walk.
You start at the car park at Pont ar Daf about 10 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil. The first stage passes through woodland and crosses Blaen Taf Fawr before ascending toward Bwlch Duwynt. You continue to Corn Du where there are fabulous views of the Neuadd Valley, Cantref Reservoir, Beacons Reservoir and Llwyn-on Reservoir. Shortly after you reach the summit of Pen Y Fan where you will find a former Bronze Age burial chamber. The views are fantastic with Sugar Loaf, the Bristol Channel , Carmarthen Bay, Swansea Bay, the Gower Peninsula, the Black Mountains, the Cambrian Mountains and Exmoor all visible on a clear day.
From the summit you descend to Corn Du and then on to the heather covered Y Gyrn. You soon come to a woodland area and the finish point at the car park. View Full Details>>
|Nottingham Canal||8 miles (13 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle along this pretty canal in Nottingham. The route runs along the Erewash Valley Trail from Langley Mill to the outskirts of Nottingham. It's a nice flat ride which is ideal for families.|
The route starts at Langley Mill and heads south to Cossal and Trowell. This area has now been declared as a nature reserve which attracts lots of dragonflies, damselflies and birdlife. On the Trowell section are the remains of Swansea bridge, one of the original stone bridges, which was built around 1793–95. From here you can see the original stone built lock keepers cottages.
The route finishes very close to Wollaton Park where you can extend your outing. The large country park consists of an exquisite Elizabethan mansion surrounded by acres of parkland, woodland, lakes, formal gardens and the deer park.
The video below shows the Erewash Valley Trail which includes this section along the Nottingham Canal. View Full Details>>
|Kenfig Nature Reserve||3 miles (5.2 km)||A lovely coastal walk around this national nature reserve near Porthcawl, Bridgend. The site includes expansive sand dunes and the Kenfig Pool, Glamorgan's largest lake. It's a great place for wildlife with many water loving birds visiting the lake. Look out for Golden Plovers, Tufted Duck and Gadwalls from the bird hides positioned around the water.|
The handy visitor centre has lots of information on the flora and fauna you can expect to see on your walk. This includes pretty wildflowers such as Pyramidal Orchid and Early Marsh-orchid.
The walk starts at the car park and visitor centre. From here you can pick up sandy paths taking you past the pool to Kenfig Sands by the sea. There's great views across Swansea Bay, the Gower, Margam Sands and down to Port Talbot's industrial area.
More trails then take you from the beach across Kenfig Burrows, returning to the pool and the car park. View Full Details>>
|Pen y Fan Horseshoe Walk||8 miles (12.6 km)||This fantastic horseshoe ridge walk visits Pen Y Fan, Corn Du and the Cribyn in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It's a challenging hike but you will be rewarded with some simply stunning views over the surrounding peaks and reservoirs.|
The walk starts from the car park in Taf Fechan Forest and heads north to the beautiful Lower Neuadd Reservoir. You then climb west onto the Craig Fan Ddu ridge and head north with fantastic views toward Pen y Fan and Corn Du.
The route climbs to the summit of Corn Du at 873 m (2,864 ft). Here you will find a well structured Bronze Age cairn and views to the Black Mountain range and Fforest Fawr.
You continue a short distance to the 886 m (2,907 ft) summit of Pen Y Fan which is the highest peak in south Wales. There's more panoramic views here to the Bristol Channel, Carmarthen Bay, Swansea Bay, the Gower Peninsula, the Black Mountains, the Cambrian Mountains, Exmoor and the Clee Hills in South Shropshire can be seen.
After taking in the views the route descends along Craig Cwm Sere to the Cribyn, standing at a height of 795 m (2,608 ft). The impressive views include Mynydd Epynt, the town of Brecon and the Cambrian mountains beyond. Look out for mountain birds including peregrine falcons, common buzzards and the red kite in this area.
You continue the descent along Craig Cwm Cynwyn toward Bwlch Y Fan and Fan-y-Big. The final section descends past Tor Glas and the Upper Neuadd Reservoir to the car park. View Full Details>>
|St Illtyd's Walk||60 miles (96 km)||A religous walk from Pembrey Country Park (Carmarthenshire) to Margam Country Park (Neath). The path runs through Hendry, Pontardawe and Bryn.
You will visit Penlle'r Castell ruin on the summit of Mynydd y Betws (with fabulous views), the spectacular Melincourt Falls on the Neath River and the Vale of Neath. There are also splendid views of the Black Mountains and peaceful wooded sections near Abercregan. The two splendid country parks at either end of the walk are also real highlights on this challenging walk.|
The walk is waymarked with a white and yellow disc. View Full Details>>