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Don't be Down with so many wonderful views

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 20, 2013

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CEFN Bryn rises to the west of the car park, so head in this direction but follow a dirt track next to woodland that stays low and to the right of the ridge. This is said to be the old coffin trail. The track continues at the base of Cefn Bryn towards Great Walterston Farm, next to which a lost village lies hidden beneath the fields.

Leaving the track here and following paths at the base of the hill, continue straight along an old track, past a quarry and cross the main road near a barrier. Join a broad path which curves left just below the high ground, giving you views over Broadpool and the Loughor Estuary. Reaching Arthur's Stone, turn left and eventually cross the road again. Bear left to the Rotary Jubilee monument. Take time to look all around for views in all directions. Looking west are four Downs — Rhossili, Hardings, Ryer's and Llanmadoc. On a clear day you can see Carmarthen Bay in the distance. To the north are the Brecon Beacons and south wonderful views over Oxwich Bay.

Head east along the ridge of Cefn Bryn. This bridleway is known as Talbot's Road and undulates over the contours for three miles back to Penmaen. As you walk along, watch far below for Nicholaston and the coast path bridge which Swansea Ramblers built.

The route over the top of Cefn Bryn also forms part of the long distance Gower Way which starts in Rhossili and climbs into the Swansea Valley to the northernmost part of the old lordship of Gower. Technically speaking, that makes everyone who lives in Swansea, west of the Tawe, a citizen of Gower but some may dispute that! See if you can spot the plaque that Prince Charles unveiled to inaugurate the Gower Way. Finally, the magnificent view of Three Cliffs Bay comes into view as you descend to the finish. Tomorrow meet 9.30am at Felindre Park and Share, off M4 J46 for a seven mile leisurely walk at Cwm Dulais. Next Saturday an easy four mile walk with sea panoramas starts from Baglan School at 11am.

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