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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Swansea, Bracelet Bay

Walk Distance: 2.5 miles (2 hours)

Walk Level: Easy but with a couple of climbs

Parking: Bracelet Bay Car Park (Charge)

Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info   - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33




Walk Description



The walk has fine views over Swansea Bay and Mumbles Lighthouse.
A history trail provides information on the WW2 archaeological sites.
The walk continues past fishermen's cottages and the promenade.


In the car park look out to sea, taking in the view of the lighthouse.
Turn around and go to the steps that lead to the road.

Turn right along the road before crossing to the path signposted 'Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve'.
The broad track ascends gently up Mumbles Hill. Benches are provided on the way up.
As you climb remember to turn around and look at the view of the lighthouse.
Just before turning the bend you can glimpse Forte's Cafe below.

The transmitter now comes into view but take the right fork at the 6 inch guns sign which leads to the site of WW2 emplacement
Turn left along a narrow path to where four paths meet.

Turn left as indicated by the wooden post on the right.
This narrow path returns to the earlier broad path and the transmitter.
Turn right and go to the railings from where you can look over the bay and take in the view that inspired earlier writers to compare Swansea to the Bay of Naples.
The Meridian Tower was not there at that time of course!

Turn left and follow the railings.
The path goes to the left to avoid a short rocky section then quickly rejoins the main path.
From here the path is well surfaced, going past a Trig point on its way to more WW2 sites.

At another Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve sign there is a post indicating a short cut to the village but carry straight on until the gun emplacements are reached.
(Ignore the left turn to Thistleboon Drive).

Steps give you views over the site and the bay but take great care as these require some maintenance and could be dangerous.
The path from here is not clear but it passes through the gap in the wall to the left of the sea-facing steps.
Steps made from railway sleepers take you down onto a narrower and not so well surfaced path.

Continue in front of caravans to an open area of grass and ferns.
Bear right past the seat to the viewpoint of the bay and pier.

Retrace your steps to the seat and bear right towards the houses.
Follow the path next to the houses as it descends uneven steps to Thistleboon Drive.

Turn right, watching for traffic and noting the view of the bay then go right into Village Lane.

Walk downhill and near the brightly coloured fishermen's cottages, look left for views of Oystermouth Castle and All Saints Church.
The bottom of Village Lane opens straight onto the busy Mumbles road.

Turn left to the pedestrian crossing and walk to the promenade.
Look left for views of the castle but turn right and walk towards the Mumbles Pier.
Watch out for cyclists using the cycle lane.

At Verdi's follow the railings around to the promenade on the other side of the slipway.
Turn right at the end of the promenade to join the road leading to the pier.
Watch out for traffic.

At the Pier centenary clock turn right and ascend the steps to the Big Apple Kiosk.
Alternatively, the road is less steep but watch for traffic.
Just past the Kiosk take the left to reach the end of the walk.


Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide these routes but accept no responsibility for those walking them.

If you would like to go on a walk but would prefer to do so with a group of people then click on our Programme section to see what walks we are leading.

We have walks for varying levels of ability and you get the chance to see the countryside in places you might never go by yourself!






Maps of the Walk






Ordnance Survey map of the route to walk
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information






This aerial map is resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)

A 25,000 Ordnance Survey map of the area
can be viewed by clicking on the above 'View Larger Map' option
(applies only if the above is a Bing map, not a Google map )



Peoples Collection link

The route of this walk has been added to The National Museum of Wales' Peoples Collection Web site.
A choice of aerial imagery or historic Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click the map to enter their web site (opens in a new browser window)
or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/Trail/753-swansea---mumbles-hill-nature-reserve




Photographs of the Walk


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View of Mumbles Lighthouse from Bracelet Bay


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In car park look to lighthouse then turn around and go to steps onto road.


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Turn right before crossing road to path sign-posted Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve


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Broad track ascends Mumbles Hill


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Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve


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Remember to turn around and look at lighthouse


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The transmitter comes into view but take right fork to the site of WWII emplacement


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6 inch Gun signpost


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Lighthouse on way to Gun emplacement


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Turn left along a narrow path
(Alternatively continue on the broad path towards the lighthouse and follow the path as it curves left and behind the transmitter)



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Turn left again to return to broad path


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This path leads to the broad path used to ascend the hill from Bracelet Bay


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Go to railings where you can look over Swansea Bay


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View over Swansea Bay


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Turn left following railings.
Path divides briefly to avoid short rocky section. Both paths rejoin after a few yards



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Paths rejoin


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Continue past Trig point to WWII sites


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Another reserve sign indicates short cut on right to village but carry straight on to gun emplacements


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Ignore left turn signed Thistleboon Drive


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Viewing platforms for the WWII remains.
Path then passes through the gap in the wall to left of sea-facing platform.
Steps take you down onto a more uneven path.



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Continue in front of caravans to an open area


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Continue to an open area


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Bear right past seat to viewpoint


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Return to the seat and bear right towards houses


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Seat in front of viewpoint


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Descend past houses to Thistleboon Drive


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Some uneven steps on way down


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Thistleboon Drive at bottom of path. Turn right and watch for traffic


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See view of bay then go right into Village Lane


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Village Lane


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Walk downhill past fishermen's cottages, looking left for Oystermouth Castle


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Oystermouth Castle and All Saints Church


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Bottom of lane opens onto the busy Mumbles Road


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Use pedestrian crossing to promenade


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Turn right towards Mumbles Pier


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Walk continues around Verdi's and the Knab Rock Car Park


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Pass slipway to reach promenade


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Re-join promenade


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At end of promenade join road leading to pier


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Road to Pier. Watch for traffic


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Pier centenary clock


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At Pier centenary clock, turn right and ascend steps to the Big Apple Kiosk


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Steep climb but you can also use the road, watching for traffic


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Big Apple Kiosk


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Just past the Kiosk, take left to reach the end of walk




More information about walking in Wales is available at:    www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide this route but accept no responsibility for those walking it

All photographs Copyright 2012 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved




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