Are you visiting us soon and trying to decide what to do in Swansea? Well, if you’re feeling active, there are plenty of stunning coastal and country walks a short drive away.
Sound like your thing? Then get out those walking boots and prepare to get a little muddy. Here’s one of our favourite routes – Dunvant to Gowerton.
Essential Walking Information
Suitable for: All
Distance: 2.5 miles
Time: 1 hour and a half
This is a woodland walk in the North Gower, with plenty of history and stunning views along the way. Those following the route will pass through wooded areas and fields, walking on firm ground, grass and of course some mud.
The walk from Dunvant to Gowerton forms part of route 4 of the National Cycle Network, and therefore is just as popular with bikers as it is pedestrians. So if you are bring your bikes with you, why not go for a ride?
There is free public parking at Dunvant Square where the route starts and ends, just off the B4296. And thanks to this convenient location, this is a popular and accessible walk or cycle. There is also refreshments and public toilets in this area should you need them.
Take Notice: The route crosses a busy road, there are some steps and the route has a short, steep section.
The route starts in Dunvant Square where you can park. Head down the road and passed Dunvant Social Centre, before entering the woods. Turn left at the junction of paths and continue walking up the slight slope. At the top make a right along the asphalt track and loop back round to the square. It’s that easy to navigate!
The area between Dunvant and Gowerton was once heavily industrialised, but you wouldn’t know that now with its lush, green canopy and open spaces. There were once collieries, brickworks and railways here, and the passes close to the sites of four of these: Killan, Bishwell, Bryn Mawr and Dunvant. The first two closed in the 1970s, Dunvant in 1914 and Killan in 1925 after a large accident.
Here you can walk paths that the 900 men employed here may have trodden a century ago, while experiencing the tranquillity of one of the most beautiful parts of rural Swansea.
The start of this walk is only 4 ½ miles from the Dragon Hotel making it the perfect place to escape the city for the day. And after a long afternoon in the countryside, you can sit back and really enjoy the luxuries of modern conveniences offered here at the Dragon.
Make sure to book a table at the Dragon Brasserie for a delicious evening meal. You’re sure to have worked up an appetite.