Day 031 : Jersey Marine – Southgate

Another big day as I take on the second city of Wales and reach the Gower, an Area of Outstanding Beauty.

There are quite a few well known people who come from Swansea, amongst whom are Harry Secombe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bob Brydon and Dylan Thomas.b_031_097_JerseyMarine_TennantCanal

I start with an easy, flat, tranquil walk along the Tennant Canal into Swansea. It is so quiet you would not realise how close you are to a big city, a railway line and a main trunk road.

I pass the working docks and the Prince of Wales dock where many new waterside apartments have sprung up alongside eating and drinking places.b_031_102_Swansea_PrinceOfWalesDock

I cross the River Tawe at the Marina and follow the big sweep of coastline all the way to the Mumbles passing the civic building and the university. There seem to be so many joggers with obligatory headband checking their wrist pedometers and cyclists along this stretch, I get quite tired just watching them.b_031_112_Mumbles_ViewTowardsMumblesHead

Mumbles Pier is right at the end of Swansea Bay with a a walkway to the Old Lifeboat Station and Slipway. From the pier there are great views across the bay.b_031_116_Mumbles_PierAndLifeboatStation

I walk over the headland to Bracelet Bay where I stop and eat my lunch. The Coastal Path is a well defined concrete path all along the coastline first to Langland Bay, very clean and neat, and then to Caswell Bay.b_031_120_Gower_BraceletBay

After a very pleasant day I finish my walk at Southgate, just before Pennard Cliffs. Just time for coffee and cake before the bus comes.