The forecast for the rest of the country was abysmal, however the local forecast for Swansea looked promising so we were off to the mumbles for the day. The Mumbles lighthouse was built in 1794 and marks the begging of the Gower peninsula from the west. The Mumbles has a Victorian pier, a small selection of designer shops, boutiques and Oyster mouth Castle to keep you amused.
Parking at Southend carpark we strolled along the promenade towards the lifeboat station at the Mumbles stopping off to have a coffee in the sun.
The Mumbles lifeboat station was opened in 1835 and has seen many a tragedy with the loss of lifeboats and their crews. The people who risk their lives in assisting ships in distress is proud tradition going back centuries and should be supported by us all.
After viewing the infamous Rocks, the demise of many a ship, we took the stairs up and climbed over the cliff to admire the view across Bracelet bay, Limeslade bay and beyond.
Returning along the promenade, it is a testament to the considerable expenditure made in the bay area Transforming it from and 19th century industrial wasteland into a pleasant environment and tourist destination.
The bay and promenade stretch all the way to Swansea a distance of 5miles and provides a fine cycle route and a number of places offering good food and refreshments where you can sit and enjoy the views across the bay. The mumbles area is extremely popular for tourists and locals alike and well worth a visit if you are this part of Wales.
Before leaving we had decided to have a walk round the selection of shops and visit Oystermouth Castle however as it was a Monday, we found it closed. (always worth checking) We had to content ourselves with a walk around the surrounding park and appreciate the mighty walls of a castle first laid down at the start of the 12th century and expanded over the years. There are several events and activities for children throughout the months of July and August with a family tickets 2 adults and 2 children at £11.
The trip from Gowerton to the mumbles is 7 miles and takes around 25mins, dependant on traffic. We found that the driving around the Gower was easy if you take you time. While some roads are a tight fit if you are towing, it was surprising how many of the beaches had touring sites. However, I am sure it is not a pleasant experience when delivering some of the large static mobile homes on the back of a lorry through the little villages.