The Area

Mawr is an area which is largely rural with beautiful views and fantastic open spaces to explore.

One of Swansea’s largest community wards, it is also one of the least populated.

History is not confined to the industrial coal heritage, you may be surprised to learn that the first ever mobile phone was developed by a past resident!

Refered to as the “Gower of the Hills”, Mawr boasts Swansea’s highest point (views of Brecon, Gower Swansea Neath Afan and Devon), the Cwm Clydach Bird Reserve and the Lliw Reservoir area which is noted for it’s wildlife, walking, fishing and visitor centre.


The MAWR TRUST is active in protecting and enhancing the activities on offer in the area and operates an adventure centre and walking club.

Whilst mainly quiet and rural , Mawr is ideally placed to access the M4 Motorway, Swansea, Brecon and West Wales. Cardiff, the capital city of Wales is no more than 1 hours drive. Our guests often comment the huge diversity of Swansea and how well place Valley View is to get the very best from what the area has to offer.

There is little evidence of the many private mines which gave birth to many of the smallest villages in Mawr, however, many of the walks throughout the area will provide subtle reminders of the industrial part coal mining played in the local History.


There are many local pubs and restaurants to be found in and around the area, many providing good local fayre at very reasonable cost.

Travel along the M4 to visit West Wales. Head for Swansea to find the famous Mumbles and the gateway to the fantastic Gower penninsula. Venture along the Amman valley or the Swansea valley for some stunning scenery and on to the magnificent area of Brecon and the Beacons.

Just one tip…however long your holiday break, don’t try to see it all.

We’ve lived here all our lives…and we havn’t managed it yet!

Enjoy, and travel safely.