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Craig y Nos Circular

This short but varied walk leads through the former pleasure gardens of Craig-y-nos castle, past lakes and ponds and provides striking views down the Upper Swansea valley. This is a grade 1 walk - routes which are barrier free, have negligible gradients and solid or compacted surfaces. Also has seats.


Walk grade

2.2km / 1.37miles

Craig-y-Nos (OS grid reference SN839155) (postcode SA9 1GL)

Starting GPS co-ordinates
51° 49' 35" N -3° 41' 5" W (DMS)

1 hour 30 mins



Step into the opulent world of Adelina Patti, the late 19th century diva, who established this park as a setting for her mansion, Craig-y-nos castle. Walk in her footsteps amongst the grand ornamental trees planted by her including a rhododendron tunnel.  These include a massive horse-chestnut and an oak tree planted by Madame Patti in 1914 to commemorate her last performance at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of victims of World War I. You will also pass the Garden Pavilion, built for performing summer concerts in and as a changing area for Patti’s guests to play tennis or croquet. As you pass the two lakes spare a thought for those who dug them out by hand – Patti had a 40 strong team of gardeners here. You may also spot Adelina Patti’s monogram on the white metal bridge which you can cross. 

Remember to:

  • take all your litter home,
  • not to light fires,
  • not to camp.

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