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Swansea Bay

Swansea Bay stretches for 5 miles from the Maritime Quarter of the city, to Mumbles with it pier and lighthouse. Along the full length of the bay is a promenade and cycle track (part of National Cycle Route 4 which runs from London to St David's in Pembrokeshire). The promenade and cycle track effectively follow the course of what was the Swansea & Mumbles Railway, the worlds first passenger carrying railway. It was opened by act of Parliament in 1804 and closed in January 1960. The lighthouse at Mumbles was built in 1794 and is located on the outer of the two small islands at Mumbles Head. The pier, built in 1898 was also a terminus for the Mumbles railway. Between Sketty Lane and Blackpill is a small public golf course, often referred to by locals as the "Royal Ashleigh" as the office / clubhouse is opposite Ashleigh Road. The promenade also forms the main route of the Swansea Bay 10k fun run which attracts many international competitors who enjoy the flat sweeping views of the bay.

Copyright: Richard Hope
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 9256x4628
Taken: 26/06/2011
Uploaded: 26/06/2011
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: swansea; beach; mumbles; blackpill; lighthouse; pier; bristol channel; mumbles railway; 2011; promenade; golf; ashleigh road; royal ashleigh
More About Wales

Wales (Cymru in the Welsh language) is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  The major cities are Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bangor.  The city of St. Davids is the smallest city in the UK with a population around 2000.  Wales itself has a population of around 3 million.  The Welsh language is spoken by around 20% of the population.

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