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Walking in Glamorgan, South Wales. Guided walks, routes & local information

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25/11/13

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CHANGES SINCE THE LAST UPDATE

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Three new books on walks in the area include Walking on Gower by Andrew Davies and Walking in the South Wales Valleys by Mike Dunn both published by Cicerone. Ashley's Walks around Swansea and Gower covers 12 walks in that area. For more details, look at the Books section of the website. (10.9.12)

The opening of the Wales Coast path is great news as it has led to a number of improvements in the Glamorgan Coast path described on this website for over 10 years now. The route usually follows our route but the additional waymarking has made navigating easier. The missing link has always been the stretch through Port Talbot and Margam but this should be resolved with the building of a bridge across the River Kenfig which should take place by mid June. This will also help those doing any other walk involving crossing from Margam Moors to Kenfig or vice-versa which previously involved paddling or wading across the river. (5.6.12)

The 'missing' bit of the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage coast path is now open to the public. Previously there was no right of way along the top of the cliffs between SS 897/718, below Cwm Mawr and SS 905/700, Cwm Nash. The Heritage Coast wardens have now confirmed that it is open, but not yet signposted although this will follow. (29.4.08)

The longer Llantwit Major circular walk (6.5 miles) is virtually impassable for the second year running, this time with a crop of sweet corn which has made it very difficult physically to walk through and tricky to navigate. This is the stretch just after Belvedere House. The matter has been referred to the Rights of Way officer and Town Council, as it was last year, but unless you really enjoy a challenge it is suggested that you take the lane to the right when you get to Boverton Place which is the same lane that you would have reached had you gone through the fields. (25.8.07)

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This picture is called the Huntsman and is by Septimus Dawson who lived from 1851 to 1914 in the North East - Sunderland, West Hartlepool and Scarborough. It is uncertain whether the scene showing a clapper bridge is real or imaginary but if anyone recognises the scenery or the bridge, please send us an e-mail - bruce7@btinternet.com. Landscape detectives who know their dry-stone walling might also be able to identify the region by the style of the walling. More on clapper bridges here.(12.8.07)

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The native daffodils at Coed-y-Bwl are at their best at the moment and these can be seen on the Wick or Ewenny long walks. (18.3.07).

If you like walking in the Brecon Beacons consider joining the Brecon Beacons Park Society who have a full programme of guided walks throughout the year. For more details click here

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Bluebells by Hen Eglwys

With the bluebells at their best, why not try the Margam walks? Also, you can take a look at the Monks' Bath House restored by the Woodland Trust and CADW. To get to it follow the road to Cwm-Maelwg farm - see first paragraph of Walk 2 - and after 50 yards, just before the road bends right, you will see it on the right of the road by three circular concrete structures. (11.5.05)

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The Monks' Bath House

A new book on Geological Walks on the Glamorgan Coast - Walking the Rocks. A short variation added to the Nash Point walk takes you past Sir Harry Stradling's watchtower - note the Horseshoe Inn is now the Lighthouse Inn. (10.10.04).

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Arizona? Gobi Desert? Nope - Whiteford Burrows on the end of Gower and not far away is the Victorian Lighthouse accessible at low tide. Either do the long walk to pass both these points or park at Cwm Ivy and walk there and back in about 90 minutes. (7.1.04)

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Victorian lighthouse

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New permissive paths now allow access to Dunraven Castle gatehouse - see details below

New paths at Dunraven!! As part of the Tir Gofal farming scheme, new paths have been opened at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown. Take the stile opposite the entrance to the Dunraven Walled Garden. The track takes you to the old gatehouse. Turn right to follow the wall and then right again to come out at the other end of the walled garden. The route is well waymarked and no more than a mile. Access for people and dogs may be restricted at some times of year because of lambing. You can add this to the Wick, Ogmore or Ewenny long walks. (24.2.03)

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Our intrepid webmaster encountering a muddy path after heavy rain

TIDE TIMETABLE

For many of the coastal walks it is useful to know when high or low tide is due. Low tide gives the option of walking along the beach rather than the coast path which can get muddy. Also there is a stretch of the Glamorgan Heritage path between Cwm Bach ref:897718 and Cwm Nash ref:905700 where there is no right of way along the cliff-top necessitating a tedious detour inland. At low tide the beach is a much better option. However, get the tides wrong and you could find yourself in serious difficulties.  Arrowsmith's Bristol Channel Tide Table 2001 can be ordered from bookshops or contact them direct; TEL: 0117 966 7545 or e-mail jw@arrowsmith.co.uk

WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast can be found here

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Vietnamese Pot-bellied pigs wandering around the Vale.