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Swansea Ramblers Walk


Swansea Parks and Rosehill Quarry

11th September 2021

Leaders:
Rhondalynn Morris
Chris Horn
Chris Roberts




Three new leaders banded together to offer their first walk for Swansea Ramblers.  They led us through five parks (Victoria, Singleton, Brynmill, Cwmdonkin and Rosehill Quarry) and St James' Gardens.

The weather was lovely and 34 people came out to enjoy a wonderful day out, including 5 people who haven't walked with us before.

Some of the places we visited were new to our walkers who were able to see Swansea from a different angle, especially the panoramic view across Swansea Bay.

We started and finished at the Guildhall but when the walk was over, some of us went for a drink in the Bay View Hotel, the first time we'd been in since COVID.

When the pandemic is finally over, we'll re-start advertising a social after each walk - which is usually a pub or cafe - just somewhere to get together after a walk since we like to socialise and enjoy ourselves on the walk and afterwards!



Swansea Ramblers offer a range of walks for most abilities.

Try an easy walk of 2-3 hours or our longer strenuous mountain walks for the experienced walker.

Maybe you'd like to explore walking for the first time with a friendly group of people?
- Come with Swansea Ramblers!

If you'd like to try a Swansea walk then do come along and find out what the great outdoors is all about.

It won't cost you anything to come along and see if walking is for you.
You'll be very welcome to join us for three free walks.

If you enjoy walking with us and want to come on even more of our walks, just become a member.

When you join us for a Swansea Walk, ask us about the other walks and social events we do.






Photographs of the Walk



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Leader
Rhondalynn Morris
Chris Horn
Chris Roberts



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Set off through Victoria Park
Patti Pavillion in the distance



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To the statue of a former mayor who championed public open spaces


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Rhondalynn tells us about him


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Flowers in Victoria Park


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Along the Promenade


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34 of us out today


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Followed the stream in Singleton Park


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Sunny day today


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The new leaders are enjoying their walk


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A lovely day for it


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See!  There's nothing to this leading lark!


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5 new walkers came along to see what walking with us was like


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Regrouping before going into the Ornamental Gardens


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Past the vegetable garden


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Always a colourful display here


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So we stopped for tea to enjoy the colours


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Then we heard a bit about the garden volunteers


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And appreciated their work


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And what work!


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beautiful!!


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Then off we go


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To pass the Swiss Chalet


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And into Brynmill Park


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You wouldn't think this used to be your drinking water!


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But Swansea's first reservoir was turned into a park


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And is another lovely park


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Chris Roberts tries talking to the Swan


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Then it's uphill with views back to the lighthouse


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Lunch in Cwmdonkin Park


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A poem by Dylan Thomas


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In the park where he played as a child


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Rhondalynn swears she didn't add the lipstick to Dylan


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But everyone enjoys seeing Dylan with a bit of makeup


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This is where Dylan Thomas was born


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Rhondalynn tells us about him


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Now they don't know what is around the corner!


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These steps are what they can't see


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About 100+ steps later, we all puff our way to the top


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But the view from Pantycelyn Road is worth it!


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Did I mention the view?


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Yes! This view!
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A scrollable panorama
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Chris Horn leads us along Pantycelyn Road


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The view as we descend into Rosehill Quarry Community Park
The first community park in Swansea



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Chris Roberts middle-marking the group


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And leading across a famous Tennis Court!


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Where Mike Davies trained to reach the final of Wimbledon in 1960


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But lost to Bobby Wilson


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Rhonalynn uses her charms to be serenaded with "Wonderwall" by Elusifer's Band
Everyone enjoyed the impromtu concert



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Then stopped to listen to one of the park's volunteers


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And were shown a photo of the tennis courts in their heyday


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Hard to believe we just walked across there


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The Park really needs volunteers to help clear it
Any volunteers?



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Leaving the park to pass the Lord Mayor's Residence


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Into St James' Gardens where we find Giant Redwoods!


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Three leaders in their natural element
OR!!



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Three leaders in their natural element
A great walk.
Where will they take us next?



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Eh!  What about us.....??
You left us still trying to get out of Rosehill Labyrinth!
Watch out for the Minotaur!!






Ordnance Survey map of the route walked
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All photographs Copyright  Andrew Morgan 2021
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