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Llanmadoc via Whiteford Sands Circular Walk

Out through NT pine forest with salt marsh views to a lighthouse, back along sand dunes and a remote beach.

Length Up to 11km / 7 miles
OS Map OS Explorer (Gower)
Toughness 2 out of 10
Features

This is an unusual but stunningly beautiful walk.

It starts in Llanmadoc, a small village on the north west corner of Gower, and heads into a NT Nature Reserve through a very pretty pine forest with salt marsh views on one side, and sand dunes on the other..

At the the end of the pine forest are lovely views over the sea / estuary to Pembrokeshire and the remains of a lighthouse (follow the tide out, don't stay long - dangerous tides!)

Return along the long secluded beach backed by sand dunes (or through the sand dunes). This area is discreetly used by naturists. Walking along the beacj is easy going, even at high tide.

Return through the pine forest along the base of a small hill, or walk a little further arouns the hill, and back over the headland.

There is a gastro-pub in the village

For a longer walk, climb Llanmadoc Hill, to the south of the village.

Rhosilli If you have a car, visit nearby Rhosilli - one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Travel By car : SA3 1DJ. Small honesty car park, or park for free in the village. By bus: year round bus service from Swansea.
Stay Rhosilli has B&Bs and Port Eynon a youth hostel. Mummbles (Oystermouth) is about 30 mins drive away if you have a car. Camping in Llangennith (reserve in advance weekends and summer)
Lunch and Tea
Gower Walks

Clockwise from Swansea - Gower's beaches are exceptional - there really are this many 5 star walk here!

If you want to do the Gower Coast Path

  • Swansea town centre along the promenade to Mumbles is easy enough.
  • Then Mumbles to Three Cliffs and Three Cliffs to Oxwich can be done in 1 go.
  • Next you can combine (Oxwich Bay to) Port Eynon to Rhossili with Rhossili via Llangennith Circular (but finish in Llangennith. There are rare Oxwich - Llangenniith buses.
  • Then choose the Llanmadoc to Llangennith option of the Llanmadoc via Whiteford Sands Circular
  • Finaly, Llanmadoc to Gowerton
Get There

The nearest train station is Swansea.

London Paddington to Swansea : 3 hours, £80 off peak return. 'Advance' tickets (no changes) from £20 single. A good compromise is "Advance" out, and an (Open) "Single" back - about £60.

London Waterloo via Salibury and Bath - £60 off peak return. Much longer. Cheap advance tickets on the few direct trains per day.

Megabus (London to Swansea from £6 single) coach and National Express coach is another option.

Driving to Swansea takes about 3 hours from London. The Seven bridge costs £6.60 to Wales only (free coming back). Its not worth driving around via Gloucester, even if going to the Brecon Beacons. Its a lot longer, and with the extra fuel, you wont save much

Buses

You must check the bus times beforehand - using traveline.cymru/ Why? Because times and routes vary on school days, not school days, weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, summer, winter... It might be efficient, but its confounding for visitors.

Updated Summer 2016

Swansea bus station is about 15 mins walk from the train station. From there, 2 companies run buses to Gower, with a bizarre obfuscated schedule.

There is a 'Go Gower' day pass for £5.40, valid on both companies.

Notes. The Mummbles official name is Oystermouth, they are the same place. Swansea, Black Pill and Mummbles are on Swansea Bay.

Current routes are

#2 / 2B / #2C Swansea - Black Pill (bay) - Mumbles (bay) - Rotherslade (beach) - #2C continues to Caswell (beach)~ 30 mins
#14 / #114 Swansea - Black Pill (bay) - Southgate (for 3 Cliffs Beach)~ 30 mins
#117 / #118 (Mon-Sat)South Gower : Swansea - Killay (for disused railway line) - Parkmill (1km inland from 3 Cliffs beach) - (#117 via Oxwich beach) - Port Eynon (beach) - Rhosilli (south end of the beach)~ 60 mins
#114 (Sunday) South Gower : Swansea - Black Pill (bay) - Southgate (for 3 Cliffs Beach) - Parkmill (1km inland from 3 Cliffs beach) - Oxwich (beach) - Port Eynon (beach) - Rhosilli (south end of the beach)~ 60 mins
#116 North Gower : Swansea - (sometimes via Llanmadoc for Whitford Sands) - Llangennith (north end of Rhosilli beach)~ 60 mins
#115 Llangennith (north end of Rhossili beach) - Port Eynon (beach)i.e. not to/from Swansea
  • On Sunday, the South Gower bus takes a better route via BlackPill (close to Mumbles) and Southgate (Three Cliffs). Apart from that, the routes don't overlap, so its great for 1 way walks, and to/from Swansea, but bad for to/from Mumbles, and long south coast walks.
  • On Mon-Sat, you sometimes have to change bus to/from Oxwich via a timetabled connection.
  • First Choice - Mumbles routes, and Gower routes on Sunday
  • NAT Gower routes Mon-Sat
  • Swansea Bay Without a Car has online bus departure posters for the main places
Stay

Swansea is the best place for public transport users. The city doesn't have many tourist sites except for Wind Street (pronounced Wine Street, loads of mega pubs) and the marina. Many old seafront B&B's, and mega chain hotels.

Mumbles (Oystermouth) is a pretty seaside village, quieter and more upmarket nowadays as the 'Mumbles mile' pubs are no more. Old B&Bs and boutieque hotels. Swansea's 'latin' quarter.

There is a Youth Hostel in Port Eynon, and a large beach campsite on Rhosilli beach near Llangennith. Also campsites at Three Cliffs. Rhosilli itself would be a great place to stay.

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Start: Llanmadoc, West Glamorgan, SA3 1DJ Directions

Map Walk This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Walk Directions  

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  1. Walk through th village, past the pub, veer right at the junction, and pass the honesty car-park in a field on your right.
  2. Just before the entrance to the NT Nature Reserve, there is a footpath on your right ('Cwm Ivy and Betty Church Nature Reserve'), which make a nice change if you have done this walk before. It goes out on a dyke over the salt marsh. Turn left at the end to meet up with the main route in the pine forest. Note there isn't a church - Betty Church is the name of the person who donated some land to a Wildlife Trust
  3. Continue down the lane (below Cwm Ivy tor on OS maps), through the gate into the Whiteford Sands National Trust (NT) Nature Reserve. Continue downhill.
  4. Follow the paved path through the pine forest behind the beach (Whiteford Burrows). The 'salt marsh walk' path joins on your right.
  5. Follow the path (or sand dunes) to the end. Continue to Whiteford Point - the end of the "spit" - Take great care if going out as far as the lighthouse
  6. Return along the beach - Whiteford Sands - until you have reached the start of the cliff / small headland.
  1. The shortest way back is to walk inland, around the nase of the small hill, to rejoin the path through the pine forest. Turn right, uphill to return to the village.
  2. Walk around the base of the cliff to the next beach, then inland, and over the headland, keeping to the coast path. Eventually you reach the village road near the NT 'gate'