The Swansea Bay area has a comprehensive network of
Public Transport, Cycle Routes and Walking Routes
No need for a car though for those who have, there are easy to use alternative ways of getting around
Plan your journey to the locations below with the Traveline Cymru Journey Planner
The Swansea Bay area has a good strategic network of cycle routes as part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) with a number of key local off-road and minor road routes giving fairly comprehensive coverage except in Gower.
For more detailed information, details of cycle hire, and other useful resources visit the cycling page
Swansea City and Mumbles
The most popular and useful routes are NCN 4 from SA1 via the Marina to St Helen’s, Blackpill, Killay, Dunvant and Gowerton; and the local connecting route from Blackpill to West Cross, Oystermouth and Mumbles. Both routes are traffic free throughout their length. Cycling is permitted throughout Singleton Park and these off-road routes are linked to NCN 4 at the Oystermouth Road entrance to the park.
Not many Gower routes are traffic-free though some are lightly trafficked. Less experienced cyclists are advised not to use the B4295 north Gower road except between Pont-y-Cob road and the Rake & Riddle, where there is a break in the off-road cycle track; nor should the A4118 be used between Upper Killay and Reynoldston; a quieter and safer alternative is the B4271 mid-Gower road. See the Cycling page for some recommended routes in more detail.
North Swansea and Mawr
Apart from NCN 43 at the eastern edge through Morriston and Clydach, there are no completely off-road cycling routes in this area, However, the network of country roads bounded by Craig Cefn Parc to the east, Llangyfelach, Pontlliw and Pontarddulais to the south and west are quiet and very scenic (though steep in places) and good cycling country.
Swansea, Neath and Afan Valleys
There are a number of NCN routes, with substantial off-road sections:
NCN 43 Swansea Valley
NCN 46 Vale of Neath
NCN 47 Afan Valley
There are also a number of local cycle routes.
Mountain Biking in Afan Forest Park
Afan Forest Park is world renowned for its mountain biking trails and facilities, is close to NCN 4 and NCN 47; bisected by NCN 887. For those wishing to come by train, it is easily reached by travelling to Port Talbot Parkway, from which there is a connecting cycle trail to the Afan Valley via NCN 887
Find out more by consulting this cycle map
Swansea information provided by Wheelrights www.wheelrights.org.uk, a local cycling campaign group whose website is a very useful source of information.
A number of local organisations provide walks information and some organise local walks programmes.
For more detailed information on walking, visit the walking page
Helps local people enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk; has a programme of weekly walks of varying lengths led by local experts.
Neath Port Talbot Ramblers
Has a programme of walks varying each week, from local walks around the area to walks further afield.
Has a range of ‘Top Walks on Gower’ which you can download from its website.
Organises walks on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, some of which are joint events held with the local Ramblers; there are also mid-week walks.
This is Gower
The Gower app which contains details of the coast path and other walks in the peninsula.
Go to the Walking Page for full itineraries of seven coastal walks on the peninsula. To find your local bus and train times, as well as information about walking, cycling, community transport and park and ride, visit Traveline Cymru; 0800 464 00 00.