Cwm Clydach woodland - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £34,000 - Freehold
Size: 5 acres

Location: Rhyd-y-Gwin, Craig-Cefn-Parc, Swansea
OS Landranger: 159
Grid ref: SN679038
Nearest post code: SA6 5TR

Contact: Sandra Colley
Phone: 07388 057 446
Email: [email protected]

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Description: The Cwm Clydach woodland is a mainly broadleaf wood, with occasional tall conifers. Most of the woodland is fairly young, but there are much larger mature trees along the western boundary, and in the area between the public footpath and the river.  The area between the path and the river is designated as a Restored Ancient Woodland Site.

The entire southern boundary is formed by the stony and shallow Lower Clydach river; this means that the woodland owner is deemed to own to the mid-point of the river.

The RSPB Cwm Clydach nature reserve is next door, so the extensive range of birds known to inhabit this reserve are likely to be found in the woodland. This includes Pied flycatchers, Redstarts, Dippers, Buzzards, Grey wagtails, Chiffchaffs, Willow warblers, Bullfinches, Siskins, Lesser redpolls, Redwings, Fieldfares, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Raven and Red Kites.

Part of an old British Coal mining tip is located on the north-eastern side of the land. This is believed to be just material dug out of the ground during coal mining at the Hendy Merthyr mine, not hazardous waste of any type.  The mine operated between 1927 and 1949. Full details of the tip are available from the Carmarthenshire and West Glamorgan Archive Services. This tip rises up fairly steeply from the woodland floor to a level area at the top. It is more easily accessible by walking up the western boundary of the woodland, from where it is a short climb to the tree-covered level plateau at the top.

It is believed that there used to be a road or tramway from the Hendy Merthyr mine to the tip, and although the bridge is long gone, the old bridge buttresses can be seen either side of the river.

Old maps of the area are available, giving a snapshot of the land use from 1876 to the present day.

Access: Cwm Clydach woodlands is not accessible by vehicle. The only access is on foot (or bicycle) along the public footpath, the Cwm Clydach Walk. There are two main ways in (see Directions below for further details).

Public access: Apart from the Cwm Clydach Walk, there are no other rights of public access.  

Sporting rights: Included.

Mineral rights: Reserved to a previous owner.

Boundaries:  The southern boundary is the Lower Clydach river, which means that the woodland owner is deemed to own to the mid point of the river. The western boundary is formed by an earth bank next to a small stream. For clarity, this boundary is indicated by orange paint marks on a few of the trees. The north eastern boundary runs in a straight line from the western boundary right down to the Clydach River. There are no boundary markings or features on the ground for this boundary. The approximate position of the boundary where it crosses the public footpath is indicated by orange tape on trees.

Photographs: were taken in March 2021.

VIEWING: You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself.  Please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you: we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop before you go. Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception.

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Our Maps


Cwm Clydach woods are just over three miles from either J45 or J46 of the M4.

From M4 J45

Follow the B4603 for just over 1.5 miles to, and through, Clydach.

At a mini-roundabout take the left turn signposted Craig-Cefn-Parc. Follow this road for 1 mile to the New Inn pub (on the right).


There are a couple of places to park:

One mile walk: From opposite the New Inn pub:

Park in the layby, cross the bridge, and walk into the RSPB Cwm Clydach Nature Reserve (see photo 13). 

  • Coordinates for the layby opposite the New Inn: 51.706482,-3.9058388
  • Nearest postcode: SA6 5SU

Follow the Cwm Clydach Walk for just over 1 mile, and as you cross a small stone bridge over a small stream (Photo 15) you should see our For Sale board on the left.

Half mile walk: From opposite the (now closed) Craig-Cefn-Parc Primary School: Drive on up the hill from the New Inn pub for three quarters of a mile. The school is on your left at a fork in the road. Park in one of the laybys on the right side of the road.  There is a public footpath on the right (See photo 14).

  • Coordinates for the start of the public footpath: 51.715089,-3.9191245
  • Nearest postcode: SA6 5TE

Walk down the steps to the bottom of the hill, then turn left and carry on along the Cwm Clydach Walk.

As you cross a small stone bridge over a small stream (Photo 15) you should see our For Sale board on the left. Coordinates for stone bridge just before the wood: 51.716774,-3.913939

Please note: the particulars with plans, maps, descriptions and measurements are for reference only and although carefully checked we cannot guarantee their accuracy and do not form part of any contract. Any intending purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of these particulars.