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Welcome to the brochure of the Gower Walking Festival 2009, the 5th such festival organised by Mumbles Tourist Information Centre. We hope that you do more than just look at the brochure and take the plunge and arrange to take part in several of the walks. If you live away from this beautiful part of the UK, then please do come to visit during the festival weeks of 6th June until 21st June and discover for yourself some of the reasons visitors return time and time again to Gower, Mumbles and Swansea.

INTRO

Many will know that the Gower Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and that it was the first area to be given that status in 1956, and that the term ‘Outstanding’ is fully justified. For not only do we have rolling countryside but also pleasant hills, wild moorland and stunning sandy beaches to enjoy during your visit. This year we have assembled over 45 walks with distances ranging from 

1 to 30 miles in length, each with its own special theme or activity to make the walk even more interesting. From history to literature and even special activity walks have been arranged with particular appeal to the whole family. These include an introduction to Bushcraft, Horse Riding, Canoeing and for the very adventurous, Coasteering! Most walks are circular but a few are one-way. These are headed “A Round Gower Walk” and give

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walkers the opportunity to walk a large part of the coastal path in stages. Certificates will be issued to those who complete all these stages during the festival. Many of the walks have been arranged to coincide with local transport wherever possible, and up-to-date timetables can be viewed online at: www.baytrans.org.uk. An experienced walker who has their own particular interest and theme will lead each of the guided walks. All walks are graded so that walkers can choose those that suit their capabilities. History is all around us in Gower. The Peninsula has been safeguarded from unwanted late-twentieth century development, and the heritage of this unique landscape has been preserved. From prehistoric sites to Norman castles, early Christian and medieval settlements to the industrial era, there is a rich variety to be seen. In addition, walks also include such topics as geology, archaeology, flora and fauna and

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the marine environment, and land management. We do hope that you will be able to join us on a number of the walks during the Festival, but remember that all walks need to be booked in advance through the organisers, Mumbles Tourist Information Centre. If you are new to walking or to Gower, you can be sure that you will find good company, enjoy wonderful scenery, and learn a little more about the area, and with some exhilarating exercise thrown in.




All walks (with the exception of the Gower Gallop) need to be booked via the Mumbles TIC, and a nominal booking fee of £3.00 per head per walk is charged. Mumbles TIC is a volunteer-led, not-forprofit organisation and the proceeds of the Walking Festival ensure that the TIC remains open during off-peak periods. We are grateful for your support. Please Note: Mumbles Tourist Association trading as Mumbles Tourist Information Centre acts as a facilitator in producing a programme of walks for the Walking Festival. MTA does not accept responsibility for walkers’ safety or personal property while taking part in the Walking Festival. Walk leaders are for the most part private individuals who are sharing the walk with walkers but will be familiar with the routes to be followed. Walkers must assess their own ability to tackle the routes from the information available to them and would be advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover any risks.

The following organisations have kindly agreed to participate in this year’s Festival: City and County of Swansea, the National Trust, the Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust, the Mumbles Development Trust, Gower Heritage Centre, Dryad Bushcraft, Breakout Adventure, Parc-le-Breos Pony Trekking Centre, the Ramblers Association, the Countyrside Council for Wales, John Davies of BayTrans, Gower Coast Adventures and Mawr Walking Club and members of the Gower Society. We are also grateful to the walk leaders for their energy and enthusiasm in making the Walking Festival a success.



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Walk Pace

Walk Difficulty

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Easy Moderate Strenuous

Gentle Moderate Brisk Dogs welcome on short leads. Do not bring your dog unless you see this symbol Suitable for wheelchairs

Suitable for pushchairs Family friendly

Refreshments available en route Packed lunch and drinks will be needed Toilets available along route Wear sturdy boots or shoes


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Woodland Walk at Parc le Breos

Saturday 6th June

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Four Chapels and a Church

Saturday 6th June

A talking walk, looking at the plants and animals living in the deciduous woodland. A packed lunch is optional, but may be needed if you travel by bus.

An evening talking walk, around Penclawdd, passing various places of worship, to visit the 200-year-old ruined Mount Hermon Chapel, with superb views across the estuary. Steep at the start.

Start 10.00 am at the Forestry Commission car park (OS 539897) Duration 3 – 3½ hours, 5 miles Organiser (leader) Dr Michael Isaac Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 & 117 Car park Limited Parking

Start 7.15 pm at Penclawdd Car Park (OS 546958) Duration 1¾ hours, 3 miles Organiser (leader) Gary Gregor (Gower Society) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 116, 119 Car park Yes, Free

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Circular walk from Cwm Ivy to Whiteford

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Saturday 6th June

A pleasant walk along shore, moorland and hill with views over the coast and countryside. Start 11.00 am. Near the Britannia Inn, Llanmadoc (OS 4461 9322) Duration 3½ - 4 hours, 6 miles Organiser (leader) Nigel Carnie & Terry Davies (Mawr Walking Club) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 115 Car park Pull-ins on Marsh Road can be used. Please DO NOT use the Britannia Inn Car Park. Sponsored by Whitford Footwear, 23 Newton Road, Mumbles, SA3 4AS. Tel: 01792 366442 www.whitfordleather.com Shoes for all the family

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Cefn Bryn Circular

Saturday 6th June

An afternoon and early evening walk starting and finishing at the King Arthur Hotel in Reynoldston where you can slake your thirst and indulge yourself in this noted Gower restaurant. We will visit Arthur’s Stone on Cefn Bryn, the backbone ridge of Gower, and follow a circular route through Frogmoor back to Reynoldston. Start 2.00 pm. On the Green at the King Arthur Hotel (OS 482 900) Duration 3 ½ hours, 5 miles Organiser (leader) Jo Coulson and Jane Sherrard-Smith Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 Last bus at Reynoldston Green, 7.17pm Car park Yes. You will be expected to patronise the Hotel. Sponsored by King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston, Gower, SA3 1AD. Tel: 01792 390775 www.kingarthurhotel.co.uk



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An introduction to Bushcraft

Sunday 7th June

The Dryad Bushcraft Centre has arranged an introduction to Bushcraft for children and adults. From the Gower Heritage Centre at Parkmill, the party will walk to the Bushcraft Centre where experienced instructors will teach them the skills of foraging, fire lighting and shelter building. All children will be free but must be accompanied by a paying adult, who may also take part, at a special price of £18 per adult, which includes the booking fee of £3 for an adult and child. Book early as numbers limited to 20 in total. Start 10.00 am. Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill (OS 544892) Duration 3 hours, 2 miles Organiser (leader) Andrew Price (Dryad Bushcraft) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 Car park Fee payable Sponsored by Jenkin Bros (Bishopston) Northway Garage, SA3 3JN. Tel: 01792 232432

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“A Round Gower walk”- Oxwich to Parkmill

Sunday 7th June

A walk out to the Point to savour the remoteness of this area, and then returning to the beach following the tide to Great Tor and Three Cliffs Bay before turning inland to Parkmill village. Start 10.00 am. At the shop opposite the beach car park entrance (OS 502865) Duration 4½ hours, 6 miles Organiser (leader) Alan Bailey Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 Car park Fee payable at Oxwich. Alternatively, park at the Gower Heritage Centre (fee payable) and take the Gower Explorer 118 service to Oxwich. Sponsored by Woodside Self-Catering, Oxwich Bay, SA3 1LS. Tel: 01792 390791 www.woodsidegower.co.uk Mountain, trek and travel specialists

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Moonlight stroll at Caswell

Sunday 7th June

A very easy stroll at Caswell on the night of the full moon. Start 9.00 pm. Caswell Car Park (OS 604874) Duration 1¼ hours Organiser (leader) Dr Michael Isaac Nearest bus service No suitable service Car park Fee payable Sponsored by Glenview Guest House, 140 Langland Road, Mumbles, SA3 4LU. Tel: 01792 367933 www.mumblesglenview.co.uk

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The Mumbles Way Walk: A Cydcoed Woodland Project

Monday 8th June

From valley to woodlands, we follow Clyne Country Park and gardens, Washinghouse Brook, winding around the old Turnpike Road, the Woodland Centre, Oystermouth Castle, a “secret grotto”, climaxed on the “Mumbles Halo” with amazing panorama. Start 9.30 am at Car Park opposite Mumbles Road promenade at Derwen Fawr Road (Clyne Valley Country Park) (OS 619908) Duration 4½ hours, 6.2 miles Organiser (leader) Neil Thomas Nearest bus service First Cymru service 2, 2A, 2B, 3A, 14 Car park Fee payable Sponsored by Newburys Pharmacy, 35 – 37 Newton Road, Mumbles, SA3 4BD. Tel: 01792 366120 Your community pharmacy

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Rhosilli and Worm’s Head

Monday 8th June

From the shop we walk the headland and cross the causeway (a little bit of a scramble) to Worm’s Head where we explore the inner head and move on to the outer head with its striking views. Start 10.30 am. Outside the National Trust shop (OS 413 881) Duration 5 hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Claire Hannington (National Trust) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 Car park Fee payable

In step with the Mumbles Train

Early mining and metalworking in the Clyne Valley Tuesday 9th June

The Clyne Valley was an important centre for mining and metalworking in the 18th century. This walk will look not only at the remains of the mines and other works, but also the railway and canal that brought in the raw materials and took out goods for export. Start 2.00 pm. The Car park at Blackpill by the footbridge (OS 619 908) Duration 3 hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Dr Edith Evans (Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust) Nearest bus service 2, 2A, 2B, 3A, 14 Car park Fee payable

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Monday 8th June

A gentle stroll along the promenade from Blackpill to Oystermouth Square, learning about the history of Mumbles Railway, then a visit to see a working model on display in Tabernacle URC. The walk ends on return to Oystermouth Square.Return to Blackpill on foot or alternatively you may return by using the Land Train (fee payable). Start 2.00 pm. Outside the Junction Café in Blackpill. (OS 619 905) Duration 2 hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Roger Williams Nearest bus service First Cymru service 2, 2A, 2B, 3A, 14, Car park Fee payable. Parking opposite the promenade off Derwen Fawr Road Sponsored by The Co-operative membership, Wales Region Tel: 01495 233095 www.co-operative/coop/membership

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Crymlyn Bog, Kilvey Slog

Tuesday 9th June

We begin with a gentle stroll around the Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve to learn about the wildlife and history of the Bog and the conservation management work. We then trek to the summit of Kilvey Hill, through the quarried hillside with some stiles and narrow paths, to be rewarded with magnificent views of the bay from Porthcawl to Mumbles. Return to the Visitor Centre for some refreshments and to view the display.

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Around the old town centre

A circular flat stroll through the most historic part of Swansea, evoking memories of the Mackworth Hotels, Ben Evans store, the Wesley Chapel, Henry Hussey Vivian, and both the earliest English and Welsh newspapers published in Wales.

Start 10.00 am at the Visitor Centre, Crymlyn Bog Nature Reserve (OS 686 942) Duration 3 hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Jamie Bevan (Countryside Council for Wales) Nearest bus service No direct service Car park Free parking available

Start 7.15 pm. Outside Swansea Museum. Duration 1¾ hours, 3 miles Organiser (leader) Gary Gregor (Gower Society) Nearest bus service Walking distance from the City Centre Car park Some street parking

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The Management of Oxwich Nature Reserve and its features

Wednesday 10th June

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Three Cliffs and Penmaen

Wenesday 10th June

A walk from the car park through the Nature Reserve onto the frontal dunes, discussing the history of the reserve and the management issues. Then onto the fixed dunes to overlook the reserve and discuss recent work and restoration of the Fen and open water for biodiversity.

A circular evening walk via the ruins of Pennard Castle, Three Cliffs Bay and the dunes of Penmaen to the eastern end of Cefn Bryn for spectacular views over Gower and the Bristol Channel. Please bring a torch.

Start 10.00 am. Oxwich Bay car park (OS 502 865) Duration 2 hours, 5 miles Organiser (leader) Nick Edwards Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 117 Car park Fee payable

Start 7.00 pm. Gower Heritage Centre (OS 544 893) Duration 2 – 3 hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Louise Atkinson (Swansea Outdoor Group) Nearest bus service No suitable service Car park Fee payable.

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Caswell, Langland and Limeslade Bays

Wednesday 10th June

A talking walk along the coastal path from Caswell Bay to Limeslade Bay, looking at the diverse and beautiful scenery on the cliffs. A chance to look for seals, porpoises and the Dartford warbler. Start 11.00 am. Caswell Bay car park (OS 594 877) Duration 3 hours, 6 miles Organiser (leader) Huw Lloyd (Gower AONB Warden) Nearest bus service Service No. 2 (alight end of Caswell Drive) Car park Fee payable

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A circular walk from Rhossili to Burry Holmes

Thursday 11th June

A pleasant walk along Rhossili beach on to Burry Holmes Island for lunch, viewing small chapel on the Island, iron age fort and some WW2 memorabilia. Then on over the sand dunes to Blue Pool and on to Broughton Beach, returning along the bottom of Rhossili Down. Start 10.30 am. Rhossili Car Park (OS 414 881) Duration 6 hours, 8 – 9 miles Organiser (leader) Mike Lewis (Gower Society) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 Car park Fee payable

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A little known corner of North Gower

Thursday 11th June

A pleasant walk criss-crossing the Morlais valley with fine Towy estuary views. Start 4.00 pm. Wernbwll car park (OS 555 946 by ‘98’on map) Duration 3 hours, 5 – 6 miles Organiser (leader) Jo Coulson and Jane Sherrard-Smith Nearest bus service No suitable service Car park Yes

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Sketching party at the Salt House, Port Eynon

Friday 12th June

A stroll around Port Eynon village to learn about its history, before walking to the Salt House to learn more about it from one of the team who excavated there in the 1980s. Learn to draw the ruins under expert tuition. Suitable for all ages. Bring pencils and paper. Start 2.00 pm. Beach shop (OS 4680 8518) Duration 3 hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Paul Huckfield and Judith Doyle Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 Car park Fee payable. Sponsored by The Ship Inn, Port Eynon, Gower, SA3 1NN. Tel: 01792 390204

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“A round Gower walk” - Rhossili to Port Eynon

Friday 12th June

A walking talk with a National Trust warden along the South Gower Coast enjoying the wildlife and views from Rhosilli to Port Eynon. Start 10.30 am. National Trust Visitor Centre, Rhosilli (OS 413 881) Duration 5 hours, 7 miles Organiser (leader) Claire Hannington (National Trust) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 A courtesy bus will be provided by the Countryman to walk start costing £3, refundable if snacks or a meal purchased at the restaurant Car park Free at the Countryman Sponsored by The Countryman, Scurlage, Gower, SA3 1BA. Tel: 01792 390597

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Gower Churches - Cheriton

Friday 12th June

From scenic Ryer’s Down into Cheriton valley to visit St Cadog’s Church – considered to be the most beautiful in Gower. A ‘talking walk’ to Bovehill Tor along the old sea wall. Fabulous views of the salt marshes and estuary. Start 2.00 pm. Outside Burry Green Chapel (OS 462 915) Duration 4 hours, 6 miles Organiser (leader) Adèle Cunningham Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 115,116 (return) Car park Roadside near the Chapel Sponsored by Fairyhill Hotel, Reynoldston, Gower, SA3 1BS. Tel: 01792 390139 www.fairyhill.net Country house open each day for coffee, lunch and dinner.

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Cathole Rock Cave and Gower Folk Festival

Friday 12th June

A walk into Green Cwm to look at the neolithic remains, including a visit to Cathole Rock Cave. This involves rather a scramble but caving experience is not required. A torch is essential. Reduced rate admission into the Gower Folk Festival is available with the possibility of a special bus returning to Swansea. Start 7.00 pm. Gower Heritage Centre (OS 544 892) Duration 2 hours, 3 miles Organiser (leader) Roy Church (Gower Heritage Centre) Nearest bus service No suitable service Car park Free parking available

The Gower Gallop Challenge Walks

Mysteries of Bishop’s Wood

Sunday 14th June

A guided walk around Bishop’s Wood. Looking at its history, fauna and flora. Start 10.00 am. The Bishop’s Wood Countryside Centre, Caswell Bay (OS 594 877) Duration 2 hours, 2 miles Organiser (leader) Dai Morris (City and County of Swansea Conservation Team) Nearest bus service No suitable service Car park Fee payable Sponsored by Langlands Brasserie, Langland Bay, SA3 4SQ. Tel: 01792 363699 www.langlandsbrasserie.co.uk Dining by the sea

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Saturday 13th June

Test your stamina and navigation skills around the hills and coast of Gower! Choose from 12½, 20 or 30 mile walks, finding your own way from checkpoint to checkpoint. Or try a “long O” orienteering route over 12 miles to provide an extra navigational challenge. There are no guides or leaders on these routes and they are definitely on the strenuous side! All routes will start and end at the sports pavilion in Pennard (OS 553 882) but start times will vary depending on which route you choose. Please use The First Cymru 14 service if travelling by bus. Contact the Swansea Outdoor Group for further details or bookings at gowergallop@swanseaoutdoorgroup.org.uk or telephone 01792 296219, or check out the website www.swanseaoutdoorgroup.org.uk. The booking fee for each route is £5 for pre-bookers, £6 on the day and £3.50 for concessions. Toilets and refreshments can be found on the way round.

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A Trek to Whiteford Point

Sunday 14th June

An easy walk from Llanmadoc to Whiteford taking lunch near the Metal Lighthouse, then to the bird hide at Whiteford Point. Binoculars well worth taking. Start 10.30 am. The Llanmadoc ‘Honesty Box’ Car Park (OS 439 936) Duration 6 hours, 5 miles Organiser (leader) Mike Lewis (Gower Society) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 119 Car park Fee payable

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Green Lanes & The Gower Way

Monday 15th June

A walk from Pitton Cross over the fields to Old Henllys then following the Gower Way back along a green lane past Kingshall to the trig point on Rhossili hill, returning via Keen Moor Lane. Lots of good views and photo opportunities.

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A Walk with Literature

Tuesday 16th June

With readings from ‘A Swansea Anthology’, and a visit to Dylan Thomas former home in the Uplands, this walk and bus ride will follow some of Swansea’s literary links, returning to the city centre to see the exhibition in the Dylan Thomas Centre about Dylan and his fellow poet Vernon Watkins. Bring a picnic lunch for Cwmdonkin Park.

Start 10.30 am. Meet at Pitton Cross (OS 434 878) Duration 2 – 3 hours, 6 miles Organiser (leader) Roger Button Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 Car park Donation to Air Ambulance requested

Start 10.00 am. Outside the Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place Duration 4½ hours, with some parts covered by service bus Organiser (leader) Roger Williams Nearest bus service City Centre Car park Fee payable

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The “Ancient Drovers” Grange Lane

Monday 15th June

History lives again as we uncover remains of Grange Lane - a sunken track used in the thirteenth century by White Monks through West Cross to Swansea Bay. We see talking slides before touching Clyne Common and then down via Lilliput Lane and Dan-Y-Coed to the sea. Start 2.00 pm. The Linden Christian Centre, Elmgrove Road, off Linden Avenue (OS 608 896) Duration 2 hours, 3¾ miles Organiser (leader) Neil Thomas Nearest bus service First Cymru 3A Car park Free parking available Sponsored by Treasure of Mumbles, 29-33 Newton Road, Mumbles, SA3 4AS Tel: 01792 361345 www.treasuremumbles.co.uk

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Mumbles Coast and Village

Monday 15th June

A circular tour giving an introduction to the geology and rugged scenery along the coast to Rotherslade, and returning via the village of Oystermouth with a brief history en route. The walk will end at approximately 9.00 pm with a visit to the Park Inn, Park Street which is a typical Mumbles pub. Start 6.30 pm. Knab Rock (adjacent to Verdi’s café) (OS 626 876) Duration 2½ hours 3½ miles Organiser (leader) Roger Williams Nearest bus service First Cymru 2B to Oystermouth Car park Fee payable

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Flora, Fauna and Forts of Mumbles Hill

Tuesday 16th June

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Gower Coast Adventure

Wednesday 17th June

This ‘Talking Walk’ visits Mumbles Head to see the local nature reserve to discover its importance as a strategic defence point during the Second World War. Considerable work has been done to unearth some of the features and work is in progress on this windswept hilltop to restore the threatened limestone grassland.

A safe but exhilarating boat trip aboard the Sea Serpent along the coast to Pwll Du Bay (£20 inclusive fee payable). Walkers will board in shallow water (a small towel will be needed). Your walking clobber will be placed in waterproof bags and you will be put ashore in knee-depth water. An experienced walk leader will guide you back to Mumbles along the coastal route. Numbers limited to 12. Changes may be made due to weather conditions.

Start 2.00 pm. Bracelet Bay car park (OS 627 872) Duration 2½ hours, 2 miles Organiser (leader) Sean Hathaway, John Powell, Paul Huckfield Nearest bus service First Cymru service 2B Car park Fee payable

Start 9.00 am. Prompt at Knab Rock (adjacant to the café) (OS 626 876) Duration 1¼ hours by boat and 3 hours walk to Mumbles Organiser (leader) Alan Bailey Nearest bus service First Cymru service 2 to Oystermouth Car park Fee payable

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Abertawe & Canoe Adventure

Tuesday 16th June

An exciting walk and amazing canoe trip (fare payable £15 including booking fee of £3) with an experienced leader, in the Lower Swansea Valley. First we see Smith’s canal tunnel alongside the Great Workhouse Smelting Hall then we canoe below and above the Liberty Stadium, past a Locomotive Shed, the Hafod and White Rock Quays. Numbers limited to 16, minimum age 8. Start 6.30pm at the car park at A4217 roundabout, 1st North after Foxhole/ Pentrechwyth Road at the Cross Valley link Road. Duration 2½ hours, 2½ miles Organiser (leader) Steve Porter (Breakout Adventure) Nearest bus service First Cymru service 4A to Liberty Stadium Car park Free Sponsored by Swansea Tourist Information Centre, Plymouth Street, Swansea SA1 3QG. Tel: 01792 468321 www.visitswanseabay.com

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Geology and History in the Vale of Neath

Wednesday 17th June

Assemble at Aberdulais Falls and walk to Tonna to take the bus to Melin Court (fare payable). Ascend to the waterfall (climb 200ft) and the old iron works. Return via the Neath Canal towpath to Aberdulais National Trust (optional visit - fee payable) Start 10.00 am at Aberdulais National Trust (OS Ref 772 994) Duration 4 hours, 5 miles Organiser (leader) Howard Lewis and Roger Williams Nearest bus service Swansea to Neath First Cymru Service X5, Neath to Aberdulais First Cymru service 158 Car park Road parking available Sponsored by Dynamic Rock, Swansea Indoor Climbing Centre, 16-18 Hebron Road, Clydach, SA6 5EJ. Tel: 01792 845655 www.dynamicrock.co.uk

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“A round Gower walk” - Port Eynon to Oxwich

Wednesday 17th June

A linear walk along the coast with splendid views, some stiles, hills and woodland. Start 11.00 am. Car park at Port Eynon (OS 468 852) Duration 4 hours, 7½ miles Organiser (leader) Nigel Carnie and Sue Leyshon Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service No. 117 Car park Fee payable

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“A round Gower walk” - Parkmill to Bishopston

Thursday 18th June

The walk begins at Parkmill, and climbs southward out of the valley skirting Pennard golf links past Pennard Castle ruin. The walk continues down to Pobbles Bay, up to follow the coastline to West Cliff and Heatherslade at Southgate, and on to Hunts Bay, Graves End and Pwlldu Bay. After crossing the Bay the route continues through woods and fields to Pyle Corner and Bishopston. Start 10.00 am at Gower Heritage Centre (OS 543 892) Duration 4 hours, 5 miles Organiser (leader) Howard Lewis Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118. Return by First Cymru service 14 Car park Fee payable Sponsored by Winston Hotel, 11 Church Lane, Bishopston, Gower, SA3 3JT Tel: 01792 232074 www.winstonhotel.com

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Prehistoric and medieval Llanmadoc and Cheriton

Wednesday 17th June

Climb Llanmadoc Hill to look at Iron Age hill fort and Bronze Age burial cairns. See the development of the medieval villages, and visit the churches. Finish with a drink in the Britannia Inn. Start 7.00 pm. Britannia Inn car park (OS 4461 9322) Duration 2½ hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Dr Edith Evans Nearest bus service Gower Explorer Service No. 116 (Return 119) Car park Available at the Britannia Inn. You will expected to patronise the pub after the walk or even have a light meal beforehand. Sponsored by Britannia Inn, Llanmadoc, SA3 1DB Tel: 01792 386624 www.britanniainngower.co.uk Gowers best kept secret

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Gower Coast Adventure

Thursday 18th June

A safe but exhilarating boat trip aboard the Sea Serpent along the coast to Three Cliffs Bay (£20 inclusive fee payable). Walkers will board in shallow water (a small towel will be needed). Your walking clobber will be placed in waterproof bags and you will be put ashore in knee-depth water. An experienced walk leader will guide you back to Mumbles along the coastal route. Numbers limited to 12. Changes may be made due to weather conditions. Start 10.00 am. Prompt at Knab Rock (adjacant to the café) (OS 626 876) Duration 1½ hours by boat and 4 hours walk to Mumbles Organiser (leader) Alan Bailey Nearest bus service First Cymru services to Oystermouth Car park Fee payable Sponsored by Patricks with Rooms, 638 Mumbles Road Tel: 01792 360199 www.patrickswithrooms.com ‘Serioulsy good food, wine, service & sleep’

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Around the Marina

Thursday 18th June

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Blackpool Illuminations

Friday 19th June

A circular flat stroll past the old Guildhall, over the sail bridge around the former South Dock finding out about Baron Spolasco and J.H.Vivian and seeing the progress of the 29-storey edifice. A ‘Talking Walk’.

Experience a delightful circular talking walk along spectacular coastline and through ancient woodland with Gower AONB Ranger Huw Lloyd. Discover and be inspired by the landscape of the area and how it was formed. Discover also its subsequent history, and enjoy your picnic lunch in the unique Pwll Du Bay, once a smugglers’ haunt!

Start 7.15pm. Outside Swansea Museum Duration 1¾ hours, 3 miles Organiser (leader) Gary Gregor (Gower Society) Nearest bus service Swansea City Centre Car park Some street parking available

Start 11.00 am. National Trust Car Park, Southgate (OS 554 874) Duration 3 ½ hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Huw Lloyd (AONB Ranger, City and County of Swansea) Nearest bus service First Cymru service 14 Car park Fee payable

Sponsored by Gower Coast Adventures Tel: 07866 250440 www.gowercoastadventures.co.uk

Sponsored by Three Cliffs Coffee Shop, 68 Southgate Road, Gower. Tel: 01792 233230 www.threecliffs.com Gower’s original coffee shop

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“A round Gower walk”- Llanmadoc to Rhossili

Friday 19th June

Take a guided walk over Llanmadoc Hill and Rhossili Down. Spectacular views and an insight into the area’s history and wildlife. Start 11.00 am. Whiteford Car Park, Llanmadoc (OS 439 935) Duration 4 hours, 6 miles Organiser (leader) Claire Hannington (National Trust Conservation Team) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service Car park Honesty box car park

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Gower Churches - Nicholaston

Friday 19th June

A visit to Nicholaston Church and the secluded St Illtyd’s at Oxwich. A ‘Talking Walk’ via Oxwich beach to Nicholaston Burrows, rich with flora. Magnificent views all the way walking through a rich and varied terrain. Start 2.00pm at the base of Cefn Bryn at Penmaen (OS 532 888) Duration 4½ hours, 6 –7 miles Organiser (leader) Adèle Cunningham Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 117 & 118 Car park Behind Penmaen Church

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A ‘Walk and Ride’ for adults and children

Saturday 20th June

The Parc Le Breos Gower Trekking Centre offers a full morning introduction to horse riding and trekking for children over 10 years old (accompanied by parents) and adults. The morning starts with a walk to the Centre where instructors will show you how to groom and saddle your horse, followed by riding instructions before riding out to see the views. Maximum number 16.

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King Arthur, gunpowder; the Lady Falls

Sunday 21st June

A two-part walk in the headwaters of the river Neath area of Pontneddfechan. Starting from Craig-y-Dinas, to the remains of the gunpowder works and eventually to the disused Dinas silica mine. A level walk to the waterfall Sgwd Gwladys. Care must be taken on all parts of the walk as it can be muddy on occasions with some steep and rough sections. Start 10.30 am at the car park at Craig-y-Dinas, near Pontneddfechan (OS 911 078) Duration 4 hours, 5 miles Organiser (leader) Howard Lewis Car park Yes

Start 9.15 am. Gower Heritage Centre (OS 544 893) Duration 3 hours, 3 miles Organiser (leader) Olive Edwards Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 118 Car park Fee payable Sponsored by Park le Breos Guest House & Trekking Centre, Parkmill Gower, SA3 2HA. Tel: 01792 371636 www.park-le-breos.co.uk

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“A round Gower walk”- Pennard to Knab Rock Saturday 20th June

The final leg of the Round Gower Trail. From Southgate, the route goes along Pennard Cliff to Pwlldu and then along the coast path to Caswell and Langland Bays and on to Mumbles, with spectacular views. Start 10.00 am. From bus terminus at Southgate (OS 544 874) Duration 4½ hours, 7 miles Organiser (leader) Roger Williams Nearest bus service First Cymru service 14 Car park Fee payable

Sponsored by Fortes Ice Cream Parlour, Limeslade Bay, Mumbles, SA3 4JT Tel: 01792 368863 Homemade soups, cakes and ice creams

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Gower Churches - Ilston

Saturday 20th June

A visit to St Illtyd’s Church in the heart of Gower, the Quarry Nature Reserve and the site of the first Baptist Church in Wales. Return via Parkmill and Pennard links. A beautiful tranquil ‘Talking Walk’ through fields and valley woodland. Start 2.00 pm. Pennard Church car park (OS 566 887) Duration 4½ hours, 6½ miles Organiser (leader) Adèle Cunningham Nearest bus service First Cymru service 14 Car park Free

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Coasteering for families

Sunday 21st June

An introduction to Coasteering for family members over the age of 10. Starts with a short walk from Bracelet beach to the Mumbles headland. You will have a great time as well as learning essential skills. We will be negotiating steep rocks by the edge of the sea. Bring bathers, towel and old trainers. All specialist equipment and a highly-trained instructor will be provided. Inclusive cost £18 per person. Start 3.00 pm at Bracelet Bay car park Duration 3 hours, 1 mile Organiser (leader) Steve Porter of Breakout Adventure Nearest bus service First Cymru service Car park Fee payable Sponsored by Theo’s Coffee Shop, Mumbles Methodist Church, Mumbles Rd, Mumbles, SA3 4EA. Come and spoil yourself at Theos

Thank You Mumbles Tourist Information Centre would like to thank everyone involved in this years Walking Festival including the following:

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Castles, Cliffs and Village

Sunday 21st June

A 4-mile walk across the golf links to the ruins of Pennard Castle, with superb views over Three Cliffs Bay and back along the cliffs past the former home of poet Vernon Watkins through the village of Southgate. Start 7.15 pm. Outside Pennard School/Library (OS 555 884) Duration 2 hours, 4 miles Organiser (leader) Gary Gregor (Gower Society) Nearest bus service Gower Explorer service 114 Car park Free

This project has been part funded by the Welsh Assembly Government Sustainable Development Fund

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Sponsored by The Joiners Arms, Bishopston, Gower, SA3 3EN. Tel: 01792 232658 The home of the Swansea Brewing Company’s real ales

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Gower Walking Festival  

Gower annual walking festival organised by Mumbles TIC

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