Coed Alltacham Woods

Brecon Rd, Pontardawe, United Kingdom

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Coed Alltacham woods an area of outstanding native woodland located on the steep sides of Llanguicke Hill overlooking the small town of Pontardawe. There is a network of paths climbing to the summit where the 13th century Llangiwg Chuch stands. A rocky outcrop known locally as elephant rock provides a natural view point across the Swansea valley.

Another quirky and icon feature is known as the ‘Hundred steps’ (there’s actually nearly 200!).

“At school in Pontardawe in the 1970s there was a challenge for sporty types. It was called the 100 steps.
Pontardawe Technical School, which Edwards attended years before, had been consumed by Cwmtawe Comprehensive School by then.
But the steps running from a road alongside the school in a crooked concrete switchback remained, snaking through the woods to Pontardawe Golf Club on the mountain.
They were the steps that Edwards – we were told – used to run up under the tutelage of sports master Bill Samuel.
They were the steps all-comers had to conquer in one lung-busting, leg pummelling effort. There were a lot more than 100, by the way.
Imagine being able to play football where Pele practised or drive the same track as Jackie Stewart. It was that special.” BBC 2017

Owls, Red Kites, and  badgers are just a few of the many wildlife species that call it their home.

Access via the many public footpaths located along new road.


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  1. Lee Walton
    Lee Walton

    Beautiful area. Unspoilt and enchanting. I have very happy memories of being there as a child and am writing about some of these memories in my new album ‘The Journey Home’. Now having lived in London for over 23 years, I have great affection for my home town of Pontardawe and the surrounding area.

    March 14, 2017 at 11:29 pm Reply
  2. Leon

    Pretty dull. Just loads of trees

    April 26, 2016 at 9:06 pm Reply
  3. Lydia

    I often walk in these woods and it is accessible for children too. There are exciting features; such as old buildings covered in moss so thick you can tell they have stood empty for years, little streams the children like to play in and at the moment carpets of blue bells. Just off the main road at the side of Dan y Bryn nursing home. The perfect place for a gruffalow hunt !

    April 25, 2016 at 7:21 pm Reply

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