|Trail:||Nicholaston Woods Oxwich NNR South Wales|
|Contributor:||NatResWales||Activity Type:||Walking||Difficulty:||Easy||Distance:||1.893 mi (3.046 km)|
|Description:||Oxwich National Nature Reserve and Nicholaston Wood can be found on the beautiful Swansea Gower Coast. This coastline is a magnet for tourists and has over 3 million visitors a year. The reserve is fairly small but perfect for a family day out with a combination of beaches, sand dunes, saltmarsh, freshwater lakes, and woodland and limestone cliffs. In the woodland there are spring flowers in abundance from bluebells, to cowslips and primrose and you might be lucky enough to spot early butterflies hunting out the nectar. The children can also listen out for the sound of the cuckoo that arrives from southern climates around April time.
One of the popular walks around this reserve takes you through Nicholaston Wood, which is a beautiful with carpets in spring flowers. You can also walk a section of the Wales Coast Path through the Oxwich salt marsh and sand dunes.
While you are visiting Oxwich NNR we recommend the following:
• The freshwater marsh with its quaking bog/mire. You will find a small section of boardwalk to enable you to view this unusual habitat.
• The purpose built bird hide, which has two bays purpose made for wheelchair users. Please bear in mind that the beach car park is 200 metres down the road.
Length: 1.8 miles, 2.8 kilometres.
Terrain: The wood is free of gates and stiles and is suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Start/Finish: To ensure that you don't block the gate at the small woodland car park please park at the reserve car park and walk back up the road. The walk start at the Beach car park, which serves the reserve.
The car park and toilets are owned by the Penrice Estate and are open seasonally between April and October. There is a charge for parking which varies during the season. The shops are also open seasonally.
Getting there: Oxwich National Nature Reserve is situated on a minor road off the A4118. From the Penrice direction, turn left at the village crossroads opposite Woodside Cottage apartments.
The OS grid reference SS 501 865.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome in our woods.
Safety: Please ensure you are prepared for all weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for your walk.
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.
Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
Please always follow any instructions on site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.
This walk is supplied by Natural Resources Wales. It is subject to TrailZilla copyright terms and conditions.
It can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website along with other walks in their woods and national nature reserves.
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