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Swansea Ramblers Walk


The Big Welsh Walk Weekend Festival
Copper and the Sea: Swansea Docks

6th May 2013

Leader: Professor John France




Swansea Ramblers had a three day festival of walks over the bank holiday weekend as part of "The Big Welsh Walk" Festival.  Professor John France took us on a journey through Swansea's industrial history.  Starting at Toys R Us, he explained that 200 years ago we would probably have been standing on a sandbank in the River Tawe where ships were loaded and unloaded.  He then took us around the disused docklands area and told us about Swansea's role in the world's copper industry.  It was a very interesting talk and video of some of his lecture can be seen by clicking the photograph links.   If you'd like to try a walk then do come along and find out what all this Swansea Walking in the great outdoors is all about.  It won't cost you anything to come along and see if walking is for you.  If you get the bug and want to walk or stroll regularly then you can also become a member.  Just ask us about the walks we do when you join us for a Swansea Walk.





Photographs of the Walk



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Leader: Professor John France


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John explains why we are starting outside Toys R Us
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Duration 14m 05s




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Crossing Fabian Way


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New statue in front of the old Weavers Flour Mill site
(Now Sainsbury's)



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John tells us about the huge Weaver Mill
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Duration 3m 41s




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Dismantled railway bridge


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New Sculpture


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River Tawe and barrage


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Area transformed from former industrial site


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New sailbridge


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The old Ice House that made ice for the fishing fleet


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John tells us about the historic area


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Crossing the sailbridge


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Lovely day for a relaxed walk


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Passing the Ice House


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Into SA1


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The surviving J Shed


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John talks about the Prince of Wales Dock
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Duration 6m 36s




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The old Norwegian Sailors' Church


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Walking towards the dock entrance


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New buildings have regenerated the area


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...and dominate the skyline


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Heading for the blocked-off dock entrance


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John tells us about the newer docks
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Duration 12m 12s




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Kings Dock is still a working dock


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Heading for the Tawe


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John hopes the bridge is open


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Approaching the barrage


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River Tawe reaches the sea


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The barrage that maintains the water level in the dock


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Colourful gorse bushes


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Waiting for everyone to catch up


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John was glad he had enough application forms
for people who wanted to join Swansea Ramblers



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John discusses the barrage
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Duration 11m 47s




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Heading for the bridge


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Just hope the barrage is open


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No! It's closed while the sail boats come into dock.
Rather than wait, we'll use the other bridge!



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Heading for the sail bridge


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Another new structure designed to regenerate the area


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Heading to the Marina


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John reflects on the regeneration of the South Dock
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Duration 3m 55s







Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information



All photographs Copyright  Andrew Morgan & Zetta Flew 2013
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