Walking in Swansea Bay
Walking in Swansea and its Rural Areas
There are many opportunities for walkers in Swansea Bay, whether you are a novice or advanced there’s something on offer to cater for everyone!
The Swansea Bay area offers some of the very best walks from the Wales Coastal Path, Country walks in Gower, Mawr & Swansea Valley and in Neath, Port Talbot & the Valleys, to Waterfall Walks in the Vale of Neath to Walking by Bus in Gower; there really is no shortage of things to offer for those who savour adventure! Walking Apps such as This is Gower and Wales Coast also offer a plethora of information at your very fingertips.
To find out more information and for a great reseource for walking in Swansea and its rural areas please visit www.swanseabaywithoutacar.com
The Coast Path (NCN 4) offers great walking along the coastal strip of Swansea Bay right through to Mumbles and from Blackpill to Gowerton.
Elsewhere in the city are shorter routes:
Uplands and Cwmdonkin Park
River Tawe trail: Marina to Liberty Stadium
Walking in Gower
There are numerous walks in all parts of Gower and information on many can be obtained by using the This is Gower App
The National Trust has a series of interesting walks in the Peninsula, check them out here
The Gower Way long distance footpath was created by the Gower Society in association with Swansea Ramblers. It goes from Rhossili on the western tip of Gower to Penlle’r Castell in the ancient Lordship of Gower north of Swansea
Walk to Mumbles, traffic Free
The coastal path has separate pedestrian and cycle lanes all the way from Swansea to Mumbles. This popular amenity is part of the Wales Coast Path and is dual use to Mumbles Pier. The walking trail continues round the coast through Bracelet and Langland Bays to Caswell Bay and the Gower peninsula.
Walking in Neath Port Talbot and the Valleys
There is a lot of good walking in the Neath Port Talbot area. The inland route of the Wales Coast Path between Margam and Briton Ferry is spectacular and challenging with fantastic views over Margam Park, the Steelworks and Swansea Bay.
Visit the Travel Adventures Wales website for general information and heritage walks for the rural areas: www.traveladventures.wales
Neath Port Talbot Ramblers will provide more information and a programme of organised walks.
Walking in north Swansea and Mawr
The Gower Way long distance footpath was created by the Gower Society in association with Swansea Ramblers It runs from Rhossili on the western tip of Gower to Penlle’r Castell in the ancient Lordship of Gower north of Swansea.
The Heart of Wales Line Trail 19.5km from Pontarddulais to Llanelli via Loughor is part of a developing 200km trail parallel to the Heart of Wales railway.
There are other interesting walks in the Mawr area leading to wild and beautiful places. Download the PDFs below (links coming soon)
Craig Fawr Walk from Pontarddulais
Lliw Reservoirs Walk from Felindre
Cwm Clydach Walk from Craig Cefn Parc
Country Walk Pontlliw to Craig Cefn Parc via Felindre
Useful Walking Apps
- This is Gower - Gower walking app for smartphones and tablets iOS Users (Apple) / Android users
- Gower Heritage Centre - Gower attraction Gower Heritage Centre have an app that features local walking information - iOS Users / Android users
- Wales Coast - The official app for the Wales Coast / Wales Coastal Path - iOS Users (Apple) / Android users