2.2km / 1.37miles
OS grid reference SN839155
Postcode SA9 1GL
51° 49' 35" N -3° 41' 5" W (DMS)
1 hour 30 mins
(5 = Hardest)
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.
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 around her former garden and explore the lawns, meadows, woodlands, lakes and river banks. See the 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 and a bed of roses near the fish-pond, planted to commemorate the centenary of her death in 2019.
Find refreshments at Changing Seasons Cafe.
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