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Whiteford Point Lighthouse

26th November 2019

Leader: Paul Tarrant

Paul led a midweek walk to see Whiteford Lighthouse, a rare example of a wave-washed cast-iron lighthouse.  It is a Grade II listed structure, scheduled as an ancient monument but no significant conservation has been undertaken in recent years.

The first cast iron lighthouse was built for Swansea Harbour in 1803 but the one at Whiteford dates from 1865.  The lighthouse is not the only feature to show signs of erosion.  The sand dunes, stabilised here by the planting of trees at Whiteford Point have been attacked by winter weather, carving away tons of sand.

This area is still a fantastic place to visit and was in 1965, the very first purchase of coastal land by the National Trust under the Enterprise Neptune scheme to preserve the coastal areas of the UK.

Swansea Ramblers offer a range of walks for most abilities from the long strenuous mountain walks for the experienced walker to the short, easy lowland walks where maybe you'd like to explore walking for the first time with a friendly group of people.  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 and social events we do when you join us for a Swansea Walk.


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Leader: Paul Tarrant

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Whiteford Lighthouse, a man-made island at high tide

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Erosion of the dunes

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As it was low tide, we made our way out to the structure

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You have to time the journey carfully, not to get cut off by the fast moving tide.

All photographs Copyright  Paul Tarrant 2019
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