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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Swansea Marina




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Promenade outside County Hall

Walk Distance: 2-3 miles (2 hours)

Walk Level: Easy

Parking: County Hall CP (N.B. Obtain token during opening hours)

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




Walk Description



Start the walk at the foreshore by The Civic Centre.
On the Promenade, take in the view of Mumbles lighthouse then turn left towards West Pier and the docks.
Keep to the left of the green buoy.
Monuments to Swansea history line this route so watch out for sculptures and strange looking structures!
At the lighthouse monument, turn left inland to view sculptures under the arch beneath the houses.
This sculpture under the arch commemorates a self-proclaimed Baron Spolasco who used to con people years ago.
Re-trace your steps to the promenade and continue left, passing the old observatory tower and the stone mermaid.
Continue along the new promenade. This section of the Marina has stark 21st century housing.
in contrast to the original award winning red brick development around the old South Dock.
Follow the promenade as it curves left to run parallel with the river.
Turn right over Trafalgar Bridge and watch for cormorants drying their wings and seals playing in the surf near the fish pass.
Once across the bridge turn left, following the riverside path and keeping to the left of the circular building until you reach the Sail Bridge.
Cross the bridge and turn left alongside the river to a gate.
Turn right at the Cycle Path 4 sign to the road.
Do not cross road to the restored Georgian terrace but turn left (cycle path 4).
This area of Swansea was once a rival to Bath when the rich came to take the medicinal waters here.
At the Pockett's Wharf sign turn left back to the river.
Turn right at the river and follow the path to the old capstan. There turn right and shortly cross the lock gate.
(You may have to wait until the lock keeper closes the lock before you can cross).
Turn right after crossing the lock.
Follow the water's edge around three sides of the square South Dock Basin then cross the next bridge by the Pump House Pub.
The swing bridge is sometimes open to allow boats through.
Wait until the lights stop flashing and the bridge has stopped moving before proceeding to cross.
Turn left, going past the pub, keeping the water on your left.
Walk past the Maritime Museum and continue to the Meridian high-rise tower.
Continue straight on at the tower, taking care crossing the busy road and climb the broad steps leading to the promenade.
These steps also have a ramp for disabled access.
Turn right at the promenade and go past the same green buoy you saw before.
After a short distance you will be back at the start.


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/747-swansea-marina




Photographs of the Walk


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 1
The Civic Centre is the start of the walk


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 2
On the Promenade, take in the view of Mumbles lighthouse then
turn left towards West Pier and the docks



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 3
Keep to the left of the green buoy.
Monuments to Swansea history line this route so watch out for sculptures and strange looking structures!



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 4
At the lighthouse monument, turn left inland to view sculptures under the arch beneath the houses


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 5
The arch beneath the houses


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 6
This sculpture under the arch commemorates a self-proclaimed Baron Spolasco who used to con people years ago


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 7
Re-trace your steps to the promenade and continue left, passing the old observatory tower and the stone mermaid


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 8
Continue along the new promenade. This section of the marina has stark 21st century housing
in contrast to the original award winning red brick development around the old South Dock



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 9



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 10
Follow the promenade as it curves left to run parallel with the river


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 11
Turn right over Trafalgar Bridge and watch for cormorants drying their wings and seals playing in the surf near the fish pass


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 12
Once across the bridge turn left, following the riverside path and keeping to the left of the circular building until you reach the Sail Bridge


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 13
This is the Sail Bridge to cross. On the right is the old Ice House.


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 14
Cross the bridge and turn left alongside the river to a gate.
Turn right at the Cycle Path 4 sign to the road.
Do not cross road to the restored Georgian terrace but turn left (cycle path



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 15
Turn right at the river and follow the path to the old capstan.
There turn right and shortly cross the lock gate



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 16
The lock gate is shown here on the left.
(You may have to wait until the lock keeper closes the lock before you can cross).
Turn right after crossing the gate



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 17
Follow the water's edge around three sides of the basin then cross the next bridge by the Pump House Pub.


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 18
The swing bridge is sometimes open to allow boats through.
Wait until the lights stop flashing and the bridge has stopped moving before proceeding to cross



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 19
Walk past the Maritime Museum and continue to the Meridian high-rise tower


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 20
Continue straight on at the tower
Take care crossing the busy road and climb the broad steps leading to the promenade



Photograph of Walking Route - Image 21
These steps also have a ramp for disabled access


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 22
Turn right at the promenade and go past the same green buoy you saw before


Photograph of Walking Route - Image 23
After a short distance you will be back at the start




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




Swansea Ramblers hope you enjoy doing this walk.

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- for example - path diversions, new gates instead of stiles or maybe the path has become blocked.

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