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Pant-y-sais Fen Wetland

LOCALITY: Swansea, Glamorgan
DISTANCE: 1 miles (1.61 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
TERRAIN: Medium
OS MAP: Swansea / Abertawe

Walk description:

Pant-y-sais Fen Wetland is just east of Jersey Marine Village on the B4290. Drive eastward through Jersey Marine Village and just after you leave the village you will see the Car park on your right.

Pant-y-sais Fen wetland nature reserve is one of the few wetlands remaining in the region. The site is adjacent to the Tennant Canal.

Park in the car park, and at the end of the car park you will see a concrete footpath next to a sign for Pant-y-sais Fen car park. This path is not suitable for wide buggies. On the right hand side of the path are picnic benches.

Go downwards along the path, and you will come to a wooden plank Broadwalk. Go straight on here and you will be crossing over the Wetland. You need to take care as some of the wooden planks are broken in places. It is advised as suitable for wheelchairs, but I feel wheelchair would have to do this walk with caution.

After crossing the wetland, the wooden broad walk will go around to the right. From here you have two choices.

a) Go around to your right and follow the path all the way a round to the beginning of the wooden broad walk, then make your way back the car park.

b) Go straight on and you in front of you is the Tennant Canal. From here I turned left and walked along an uneven grass path. This part of the walk is more suitable to an all terrain buggy. You will then walk along side the canal. The path will become a gravel path by the bridge over the canal. Go under the bridge. Continue along the path and you will come to another bridge. Go up the slope next to the bridge and you will come to a disused railway line.

From here you can go in either direction. However the terrain is difficult in places due to a large stone pathway. I turned right here along side a railway line that is in use. You will need to take extra care, as there are no fences between the path and the railway line. I followed the path along until I came to a locked gate across the path. I then turned around and retraced my steps.


Additional notes:

The walk aroud the Broadwalk was more suiable for buggies. Doing the second option was more difficult and as you were going along, you were looking for areas that were more compact.


13/05/2009 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

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