Mumbles – Swansea Bay Without A Car (2023)

Mumbles - an iconic and charming seaside village

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Take the frequent buses from Swansea seven days a week

Buses go every 15 minutes daytime, two an hour evenings/Sundays to Oystermouth along this scenic route with panoramic views of Swansea Bay.

Every hour daytime to Caswell Bay and Limeslade (for Bracelet Bay).

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Cycle or walk there traffic free

The coastal path has separate pedestrian and cycle lanes all the way from Swansea to Mumbles. This popular amenity is part of the Wales Coast Path and is dual use to Mumbles Pier. The walking trail continues round the coast through Bracelet and Langland Bays to Caswell Bay and the Gower peninsula

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LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME OF THE GREAT THINGS

MUMBLES HAS TO OFFER

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World class Bays and Beaches

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    Bracelet Bay

    • Bracelet Bay 2B 3A; (2A evenings & Sundays)

    This attractive beach is in a well sheltered location in the lee of Mumbles Head and its iconic lighthouse. There is a café bar, restaurant and gelateria nearby.

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    Langland Bay

    • Langland Corner (500m walk, fairly steep), 2, 2B, 2C (2A, 3A Sundays)

    Well known for its attractive beach huts, this is sandy beach is well suited to surfers when the swell is big. There is a brasserie and café nearby.

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    Caswell Bay

    • Caswell Bay (adjacent), 2C (3A Sundays)

    Caswell has a large expanse of golden sand and is well sheltered; it is an attractive surfing location with a surf school on site. There is a café and gift shop and public toilets.

Natural History and Heritage

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    Clyne Valley Country Park

    • Blackpill Lido (100m walk), 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 37

    • Cycle parking nearby

    One of Swansea top parks bursts into a colourful array of shrubs and bushes in spring; outside this season it is still a secluded and deeply wooded paradise.

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    Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve

    • Bracelet Bay (adjacent), 2B, 3A (2A evenings/Sundays)

    A small reserve on the rocky outcrop above Mumbles Head with a rich array of birds, insects and small mammals; access opposite Bracelet Bay.Photo by Sean Hathaway

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    Bishop’s Wood Nature Reserve

    • Caswell Bay (200m walk), 2C (3A Sundays)

    This is a short walk through mature ash woods with a range of small flora and fauna and fine sea views. Access is from the north end of Caswell car park.Photo by Sean Hathaway

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    Bishopston Valley Walk

    • Kittle Post Office (adjacent), 14 (114 Sundays in high season)

    A challenging 6km walk through a deeply wooded valley, with limestone caves and underground rivers to one of Gower’s most secluded beaches at Pwll Du.

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    Oystermouth Castle

    • Newton Road (150m walk), 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 37

    The largest and best preserved of Gower’s castles, dates from the 12th, enlarged in the 13th, falling to ruin in the 16th century. Now a fine historical monument, it is open for visitors in spring and summer.

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    Pennard Castle

    • Pennard Post Office (300m walk), 14 (1m walk), 14 (114 Sundays in high season)14 Sundays in high season)

    Pennard Castle is in a commanding position above Three Cliffs Bay with a sheer drop to the valley below. The original dates from the 12th century, was abandoned two centuries later after sand encroachment. It was rebuilt in the 14th century and is the ruin you see today.

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    Mumbles Pier and Lighthouse

    • The Big Apple (250m walk steep road or steps), 2B, 3A; 2A (evenings/Sundays)

    This historic pier dates from the Victorian era, constructed in 1898. An iconic local feature, it will soon reopen to the public following refurbishment. Here is the old and new lifeboat station and lighthouse (dating from 1794 and still in use, though automated).

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    Mumbles village

    • Oystermouth Square, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 37

    Tucked away on the steep hillside above the coastline is a fascinating jumble of streets with colourful houses; this is the original Mumbles village.

Entertainment & Activities

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    Surfing

    • Caswell Bay (adjacent), 2C (3A Sundays)

    Caswell and Langland Bays are famous for their surfing opportunities. There is a surf school at Caswell Bay.

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    Mumbles Pier Entertainments

    • The Big Apple, 250m walk steep road or steps 2B, 3A; 2A (evenings/Sundays)

    The pier and surrounding attractions is a major feature of Mumbles; the complex includes an amusement arcade, gift shops, cafes and a lifeboat station open to the public.

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    Children’s Playground & Miniature Golf

    • Oystermouth Square/Newton Rd (100-200m walk), 2, 2A/B/C, 3A, 37

    A children’s playground and adjacent miniature golf course is a short distance from Oystermouth Square.

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    Blackpill Lido

    • Blackpill Lido (adjacent), 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 37

    • Cycle parking nearby

    A free facility: family fun with a paddling pool, play area and picnic facilities.

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    Foot Golf in Swansea

    • Ashleigh Road, West Cross (adjacent) 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 37

    • Cycle parking nearby

    Footgolf, a combination of football and golf with rules largely those of golf, available at the Ashleigh Road course of 9/18 holes in West Cross.

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    Leisure Cycling

    There are two great leisure cycling routes to and around the Mumbles area.National Cycle Network NCN4 follows the coast from Swansea to Blackpill where it turns inland up the attractive Clyne Valley through to Gowerton.The coastal route continues to Knab Rock in Mumbles.

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    Swansea Bay Rider Land Train

    • Blackpill Lido 2 2A 2B 2C 3A

    The Swansea Bay Rider is a 72 seater land train, which runs along the promenade, from Blackpill Lido to Southend Gardens in Mumbles, and gives passengers a spectacular view of Swansea Bay.

Retail and Food Therapy

Mumbles is full of interesting places to buy stuff and eat and drink well.

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    Oyster Wharf & Oystermouth Square

    • Oystermouth Square, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 37

    • Cycle parking nearby

    BuyThere are a number of interesting shops here where you can view or buy iconic Welsh Love Spoons; also ‘high street’ names and fashion shops are recent additions making for a great day out.Eat & DrinkThe Oyster Wharf development is making this a great place to eat out with several quality bars and restaurants and a sea view!

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    Newton Road, Chapel Street and Queen’s Road

    • Newton Road 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 37

    This area of the Mumbles has many long-estabished shops and places to eat and drink, including some excellent newcomers.BuyThis is the place to find exotic purchases where you can buy bric-a-brac, fine furnishings, good books, etc.Eat & DrinkAlong Newton Road is a succession of fine cafes, bistros and restaurants catering for all tastes.

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    Southend and Knab Rock

    • The George Hotel, 2B 3A (2A evenings/Sundays)

    • Cycle parking near by

    Eat & DrinkThe traditional Mumbles mile between Oystermouth is well known for its succession of reataurants, bars, gelaterias, etc; all tastes are catered for.

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    Bracelet Bay

    • Limeslade Bay, 2B 2A (evenings & Sundays)

    This attractive bay is tucked away beyond the Mumbles headland.Eat & DrinkThere is a fine restaurant & café bar where you can eat and drink with stunning views; and a traditional ice cream parlour.

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    Langland Bay

    • Langland Corner (500m walk, fairly steep), 2, 2B, 2C (2A, 3A Sundays)

    Eat & DrinkThere is a Brasserie & Café on the Langland seafront

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    Caswell Bay

    • Caswell Bay, 2C (3A Sundays)

    Eat & DrinkThere is a café on the Caswell seafront

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