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Spring is the perfect time to explore Swansea's ancient woodlands

With spring on the horizon people are being encouraged to put on their walking boots to explore the wonderful countryside around Swansea.


And to inspire them to visit places they may not  have been to before, details about six walks around the city's ancient woodlands are being promoted.

The routes, selected to provide a range of walks for those seeking both a relaxed stroll and something more strenuous, have been added to Swansea Council's website and are free to download.

Swansea and Gower are comparatively rich in ancient woodland and they are at their most beautiful for a few weeks in early spring when woodland flowers such as bluebells and wild garlic are in bloom. Soon afterwards the leaf canopy opens, cutting out most of the light to the forest floor.

The routes were originally drawn-up following a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project to record the biodiversity of ancient woodland in Swansea, a joint project between the Council's Nature Conservation Team and West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Tim Orrell, of Swansea Council's Nature Conservation Team, said: "There were many volunteers who gave up their time to record the biodiversity of our beautiful ancient woodland during the three years of the project.

"These woodland walks were inspired by that project and we are delighted they have been added to the dozens of countryside walks that can be downloaded from Swansea Council's website."


The six ancient woodland walks are:

1) Cwm Ivy Woods - A 2.2km walk that takes in the Wildlife Trust reserve of Cwm Ivy Woods near Llanmadoc on Gower with fine views over the neighbouring Burry Inlet.

2) Nicholston Woods - A 3.5km secluded walk through varied woodland on south-facing slopes overlooking Oxwich Bay and the sea.

3) Bishopston Valley - A 2km fascinating walk through a hidden valley.

4) Bishop's Wood - A 1km short walk near Caswell through mature ancient ash woods with a fine sea view.

5) Penllergare Valley Woods - A 5.6km walk through a mosaic of ancient woodland, Victorian plantings and modern forestry.

6) Cwm Clydach - A 5km secluded walk following the steep-sided valley of the Lower Clydach Valley. 

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