Places to walk and wander
If you’re seeking a rejuvenating and fulfilling experience, look no further than the simple act of walking. Whether you’re an avid hiker or simply enjoy leisurely strolls, this region offers a treasure trove of scenic trails and paths that cater to all fitness levels. Embark on a captivating journey as you discover breathtaking landscapes, immerse yourself in nature’s beauty, and relish in the countless benefits that walking brings to both your physical and mental well-being.
NEED IDEAS? We have a variety of maps and walking routes for walkers of all ability. If you are interested in finding out more see the ‘Walking Routes’ folder in the Book Box. Or message Matt or Lauren for more information and ideas.
Pen y Fan
Pen y Fan is undoubtedly the prime contender for the tallest peak in the South of the United Kingdom. Typically, there is a pleasant breeze, but be prepared to face the full force of the sun as the trail winds its way through open terrain. To escape the hordes of tourists, opting to embark on this adventure either at the crack of dawn or during the twilight hours proves to be an excellent choice.
The breathtaking sunrise or sunset from the summit is truly a sight to behold, and the temperature during those times of day is refreshingly cooler.
For those seeking a unique experience, the Brecon Beacons also happen to be designated as a ‘Dark Sky Reserve‘ area, providing exceptional stargazing opportunities.
Sgwd Gwladys (Our nearest waterfall)
Spanning 1.3 miles in length, this scenic route offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The journey to reach the waterfall takes approximately 45 minutes each way, making it a perfect excursion for a leisurely afternoon stroll. Access to the trail is conveniently located through the gate behind the Angel Inn, allowing visitors easy entry into this natural wonderland.
The Four Falls Trail
The Four Falls Trail is a scenic walk spanning 5.5 miles, typically requiring 3 to 4 hours to complete. One of its remarkable highlights is Sgwd yr Eira, an extraordinary waterfall found on a rare and exclusive list of waterfalls in the United Kingdom that can be experienced from behind. This unique feature adds an enchanting touch to the trail, captivating nature enthusiasts and providing a truly memorable experience.
Forestry Walks - Afan Forset Park
Afan Forest Park offers a delightful experience for visitors. The park boasts a well-equipped visitor centre, complete with a charming cafe and convenient toilet facilities. What sets Afan Forest Park apart is its diverse range of walking trails that cater to individuals of all abilities. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual stroller, you’ll find plenty of captivating walks to explore and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the park.
There is also the option of bike hire.
The Wales Coastal Path
The Wales Coastal Path, specifically the Gower section, is a magnificent trail that offers breathtaking views of the stunning Welsh coastline. If you’re looking for detailed information and directions, you can visit the official website at https://www.visitswanseabay.com/walking-in-swansea-bay/walking-routes-in-swansea-mumbles-and-gower/gower-coast-path/ This website provides a wealth of resources to enhance your walking experience.
For a physical map of the Gower section of the Wales Coastal Path, I suggest reaching out to Matt and Lauren. They will be able to provide you with the necessary map to guide you along the trail. Having a map in hand ensures that you won’t wander off the path along the way.
One of the remarkable aspects of the Wales Coastal Path is that you can walk for hours on end, completely immersed in the natural beauty that surrounds you. The trail offers a diverse range of landscapes, from towering cliffs to serene sandy beaches, making it a truly mesmerizing experience. Prepare yourself for a captivating journey as you traverse this enchanting path.
If I were to recommend particular areas to explore along the Gower section, Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili would undoubtedly top the list. Three Cliffs Bay boasts a unique blend of rugged cliffs, a picturesque river, and a pristine sandy beach. This idyllic spot is perfect for taking memorable photographs or simply relishing the tranquility of nature.
Rhossili, on the other hand, is equally enchanting. It is home to one of the most spectacular beaches in the United Kingdom, with its expansive stretch of golden sand and breathtaking views over Worm’s Head. The captivating scenery will leave you in awe, and you’ll understand why Rhossili has consistently been voted as one of the best beaches in the world.
While exploring the Gower section, it’s also worth taking a trip to Mumbles, the charming seaside part of Swansea. Mumbles offers a delightful coastal village atmosphere, with a bustling promenade, quaint shops, and a fantastic selection of eateries. One can’t help but be enticed by the aroma of freshly made ice cream permeating the air.
When it comes to ice cream in Mumbles, there are two establishments that come highly recommended. If you’re a fan of the finest vanilla, I suggest visiting ‘Joes.’ Their vanilla ice cream is renowned for its incredible taste and creamy texture. However, if you prefer a more diverse range of flavors, then ‘Verdis‘ is the place to go. They offer a wide array of delectable flavors that are sure to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
So, whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, the Wales Coastal Path, Gower section, promises an unforgettable adventure. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders, enjoy the captivating views at Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili, and indulge in the delicious ice cream offerings of Mumbles. This is an experience you won’t want to miss.