Into the valley to enjoy some autumn beauty spots
LYNE Valley Country Park has some lovely beech woods and, if you catch them at the right time, they give a fine autumn display.
We first take the cycle path to Killay, then discover the ancient main Gower road hidden in the beech woods but known to Swansea Ramblers.
From the car park, the cycle path heads north away from the coast. In this steep valley, other deciduous trees in old woodland begin to reveal their autumn colours. Walking through them is for another day, so continue some way along the tarmacadam path, past the small lake on the left and eventually an old railway bridge comes into view.
Take the path on the left and, before crossing the bridge, detour left to overlook the abandoned quarry. Return and cross the bridge, then bear left, watching for a Second World War pillar box. This old lane takes you to the back of Clyne Valley Road. Here walk the tarmacadam, then turn right to re-enter the woodland.
This is the old main road from Swansea to Gower, but is now a quiet, vehicle free, sometimes muddy, ancient lane lined with mature beech trees. Continue straight on, passing 'millionaire row' high above at the top of fields to the left. Ignore left and right paths until you cross Olchfa stream where cockle women may have washed before reaching Swansea Market (Olchfa = washing place).
Just after the stream, take the right fork which brings you out into the open after passing ruins of the old (new) mill. Follow the gravel path towards the Ynys Newydd Car Park but, when you drop down into grassland, immediately go right and follow the signposts to the Clyne River.
Follow the river downstream along another old path that was once a tramway. This emerges onto Derwen Fawr Road at the busy bend just north of Black Pill Car Park and journey's end.
Tomorrow meet 9am behind the Guildhall for a 9 mile walk from Ogmore Castle. On Wednesday meet 9am at Co-op car park, Cross Hands, for a 9 mile walk near Pumsaint. Next Saturday meet 10am behind the Guildhall for a 5 mile leisurely walk in Dinefwr Parkland, near Llandeilo.
Walk: Autumn in Clyne
Start/Finish: Blackpill Pay & Display
Distance: 4 miles (2 hours)
Parking: As above
Transport: Traveline: www.traveline-cymru.info/0871 200 22 33 or BayTrans: www.baytrans.org.uk/