Explore Cwm Ivy

Walking trail

Grab your binoculars and head out to this new wildlife rich salt marsh. This route takes in two bird hides and has plenty of chances for wildlife spotting. Look out for otters, kingfishers and wading birds. Please note that the path over the sea wall has been closed.

Sunrise at Cwm Ivy, Gower


Map of Cwm Ivy walking route


Cwm Ivy car pak (SA3 1DJ)


Starting from the car park in Cwm Ivy, turn right onto the road and head down the lane (remember to put some money in the honesty box first).


Walk through the village until you reach the National Trust gate signed 'Cwm Ivy Wood'.


Go through the gate and follow the track down the hill. The track bears to the right and on your left is Cwm Ivy Tor.

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Follow the track as it bears right through a gate and alongside a plantation. On your left you will pass Burrows Cottage. Continue along the track until you reach the Monterey bird hide on your right. Why not pop in and see what you can spot?

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Bird hide next to conifers at Cwm Ivy, Gower


From here you can continue on towards Whiteford Burrows or you can retrace your steps back up the track towards Cwm Ivy village and the car park.


Just before you reach the gate back into the village, take a left and follow a footpath through Cwm Ivy broadleaved woodland (managed by the Wildlife Trust) until you reach Cheriton bird hide.

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Timber bird hide on the edge of Cwm Ivy marsh, Gower


Continue right as you leave the bird hide and follow the path through the broad leaved woodland managed by the Wildlife Trust.


When you enter the village, turn left onto the road and head uphill back to the car park.


Cwm Ivy car pak (SA3 1DJ)

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The majority of the walk is realatively flat with some short steep sections.

You walk along narrow lanes, tracks and footpaths.

Some areas of the footpath may be particularly muddy after wet weather.

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How to get here

Cwm Ivy car park (SA3 1DJ)
By train

The nearest train station is Swansea or Gowerton. Whiteford is 15 miles (24km) - 45 mins - by road from Swansea.

By road

B4295 to Llanrhidian, then C road to Llanmadoc. Continue through the village till you get to Cwm Ivy. A private car park with an honesty box is on the right hand side of the road.

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Facilities and access

  • There are no National Trust facilities on site
  • The walk starts and finishes at privately owned Cwm Ivy car park
  • Local shop and pub in Llanmadoc village provide refreshments and food