GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


5 miles (8.8 km)

This town in the Swansea Valley has some nice riverside and canalside paths to try.
This walk from the town takes you along the Swansea Canal and the River Tawe towards Ystalyfera and Gurnos. On the way there's lots of pretty locks and bridges over the canal and river to see.
The walk follows the waymarked St Illtyd's Walk for most of the way. This long distance trail could also be followed south through the Crynant Forest part way along the route.

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Pontardawe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pontardawe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Pontardawe

  • St Illtyd's Walk - A religous walk from Pembrey Country Park (Carmarthenshire) to Margam Country Park (Neath)
  • Swansea Canal - Enjoy an easy waterside cycle or walk along the Swansea Canal and River Tawe
  • 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
  • Swansea - Swansea has some great coastal walking with other nice trails to be found in the woods, country parks, reservoirs and canals nearby
  • Pembrey Country Park - With stunning views of the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay this coastal country park is one of the most popular in the UK
  • Millennium Coastal Park Llanelli - This fabulous country park in Carmarthenshire has miles of coastal cycling and walking paths to enjoy
  • Penllergare Valley Woods - Penllergare Valley Woods in Swansea is a wonderful place for walkers with miles of woodland trails, lakes, and beautiful waterfalls
  • Pontarddulais - This town is located near to the city of Swansea and the splendid Gower Peninsula.
  • Rhigos Mountain - This walk explores the hills and lakes around the village of Rhigos in the Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • Maerdy Reservoir - This walk visits two pretty reservoirs from the village of Maerdy in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • Dare Valley Country Park - Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large country park in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swiss Valley Reservoir - This walk visits the lovely Swiss Valley Reservoirs in Llanelli
  • Swiss Valley Cycle Route - This cycle route runs from the coast at Llanelli through the Swiss Valley to the village of Tumble in Carmarthenshire.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area head to Cwm Clydach National Nature Reserve. There's a wonderful river gorge and lots of interesting flora and fauna to see here.
Head west and you can visit Pontarddulais and enjoy a climb to the viewpoint at Graig Fawr.
Cyclists can pick up National Cycle Route 43 which runs north to Caehopkin where you link with the popular Celtic trail.


Pontardawe War Memorial - - 3998819

Pontardawe War Memorial. Located on the corner of Herbert Street and Holly Street, the War Memorial was unveiled in July 1923.

Three bridges at Pontardawe - - 347810

Three bridges at Pontardawe. Old stone bridge between two modern bridges

Footbridge over Tawe in Glantawe Riverside Park - - 1481042

Footbridge over Tawe in Glantawe Riverside Park. Despite looking like a rail bridge this is a narrow footbridge linking the layby on the A4067 across the river with the rest of the park.

Cricket on Pontardawe Recreation Ground - - 45081

Cricket on Pontardawe Recreation Ground. Pontardawe Recreation Ground is on the flood plain of the River Tawe, which is behind the trees on the right of the photograph. The Swansea Canal runs below the houses.

Ynsmeudwy Bridge over canal - - 327266

Ynsmeudwy Bridge over canal

Pont dros gamlas - Bridge spanning a canal (geograph 6891326)

Bridge spanning a canal. Built by The Swansea Canal Navigation Company between 1794-1798 it carried coal down from the Upper Swansea Valley to the docks in Swansea.

Confluence of the Twrch with the Tawe - - 914166

Confluence of the Twrch with the Tawe. Looking south towards the hillside of Y Darren Widdon.

Ynysmeudwy Canal Bridge No8 (geograph 6436947)

Ynysmeudwy Canal Bridge No8. Dates from 1796-98. Built to a design of Charles Roberts & Thomas Sheasby Senior.


GPS Files

GPX File

Pontardawe.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Pontardawe.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)