Running along the line of the old Mumble tramway that carried the World’s very first railway passengers, the Swansea Bike Path is a brilliant family route that hugs the coastline for the entire stretch between the Observatory and Mumbles.
The route has wonderful views across Swansea Bay to Mumbles Head, which marks the start of the Gower Peninsula. There are cafes, restaurants and pubs in Mumbles in a picturesque setting which includes the 12th-century Oystermouth Castle guarding the landward approach to Gower. To extend your adventure follow Route 4 westward to Gowerton through Clyne Valley Country Park, a pretty woodland path where you can join the Millennium Coastal Path and follow the route to Kidwelly. The full ride from Swansea to Kidwelly is about 24 miles and apart from a short section in Gowerton, is entirely traffic-free and family friendly. A highly recommended day out!
Swansea is the ‘ugly, lovely town’ described by Dylan Thomas, who was born here. It is the second largest city in Wales, after Cardiff, with much of it rebuilt after suffering heavy bombing during the Second World War. In the 20th century the docks fell into decline but have recently been regenerated with the creation of the new Maritime Quarter, the centrepiece of which is a 600-berth marina at the old South Dock. Mumbles is a busy sailing and watersports centre which has nevertheless kept its character as a Victorian seaside resort.
Things to see and do
- National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
- Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
- Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles
- Mumbles Pier
- Oystermouth Castle
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.