You can't beat this view
A short stroll rewards you with fine views over Loughor Estuary and out into Carmarthen Bay where on a clear day you can see Caldey Island. Worm's Head looks magnificent at the far end of Rhossili Bay and this time of year the heather and gorse add a splash of colour to the hill. Swansea Ramblers explored this area last Sunday on a longer walk before heading to the Britannia Inn but today this walk concentrates on Llanmadoc Hill between the hill fort and the trig point.
Tankeylake is the area immediately before you descend the hill into Llangennith and, despite the name, there is no lake here. Park carefully on the flat broad grass verge by the road. Cross the road and head north on a track towards Llanmadoc Hill. Rather than climb the steep path up to the trig, bear right and ascend a gentler path that climbs the southern side of the hill towards the Bulwark Hill Fort. If you pass a house on the right then you've instead taken the lower path but just continue on and bear left to circle round and climb the steep side of the hill westward to return to the higher ground and the fort. Massive ditches and ramparts are still visible and are the remains of one of the largest hill forts in Gower. Our professor of history, John France. gave us an impromptu talk about the remains last Sunday which added to our enjoyment of the walk.
Continue to climb westward past a cairn to see views over Loughor Estuary and Worm's Head. On a clear day you may see Tenby across the bay. Enjoy the panoramic view near the white concrete Trig point and remember to look back eastward to the Brecon Beacons. Bear left on the descending path from where you will eventually see your original start point in the distance. Follow the path that leads towards the road to reach journey's end.
Next Saturday, join Bob for an easy 3.5 mile stroll from Llanrhidian towards Weobley Castle with a pub stop at the end. Meet 11am in the Dolphin car park. The following Sunday, Bob leads a strenuous 10 mile walk onto Worm's Head, meeting 10am in Mewslade car park.