Bishopston Valley (near to Bishopston village), owned and managed by the National Trust, actually runs from Kittle in the north to Pwll Du Bay in the south.
The valley is full of mystery and intrigue enhanced by its secluded nature. The ancient woodland that is the predominant feature covers the steep valley sides, a stream winds its way along the valley floor occasionally appearing and disappearing into holes and sinks in the limestone, and wet meadows fringe its banks.
The valley has a colourful past, once used by smugglers, miners and quarry workers, visible evidence of which can be seen as you walk through the valley to Pwll Du Bay. The buildings in the bay were once public houses that served the quarry workers. From Pwll Du Bay you can access Pwll Du Local Nature Reserve.
There are so many features to look out for on this walk, including the wildlife, historic features such as Long Ash Silver / Lead Mine and Iron Age Promontory Fort, and caves and holes carved out in the limestone by water gushing through the valley down to the beautifully secluded Pwll Du Bay. If you're quiet you may spot a kingfisher or otter by the stream.
- Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
- Within Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
- Shops including Post Office and bakery in Kittle
Grid Reference SS577916
OS Explorer Map 164 Gower
There are several footpaths running through the valley. There are two access points from Kittle, either from the green or off Old Kittle Lane where the path starts in the stream bed (and therefore is not accessible or safe after prolonged or heavy rainfall). There are also several footpaths linking to Bishopston and Southgate.
There is some parking on Old Kittle Lane. There may be on-road parking opportunities in Bishopston near one of the many footpaths that links to the valley. There is also parking at Southgate (National Trust) from where you can walk along Pennard Cliffs or down Hael Lane (an ancient smuggling route) to access the valley.
There are regular buses to Kittle, Bishopston and Southgate from Swansea.