24th February 2018
Our first coastal path walk of 2018, and it’s going to be long one. We started off with a drive to Swansea where we left the car strategically close to a bus stop for later. We then biked the 5 miles down to Mumbles pier and a nice breakfast.
So at 10.25 we set off from the restaurant and headed up some steps to Bracelet Bay and Mumbles lighthouse, before passing Rams Tor and Limeslade.
There was then a nice new concrete path to take us towards Langland Bay, but not before a rather steep climb up steps.
And on we went after stopping for a not particularly nice cup of coffee at the Surfside restaurant. 2 miles later we arrived at Caswell Bay, at which point we had to take to the road as the tide was in.
After some more climbing we reached Pwildu bay, with a stream running to the beach and a bridge to cross over the river.
Climbing up through the woods from Pwildu Bay we met a fellow walker – who was walking from Mumbles to Southgate for the 2nd day running (his phone had told him to walk 208 miles this month apparently, and he listened to it!!). We chatted and walked for a while but we were clearly slowing him down so we said our farewells and he headed off into the distance……
We then headed towards Three Cliffs Bay and a stop for lunch at the halfway spot.
We then dropped down a steep sandy path (glad we didn’t have to walk up it) to a flood plain and stepping stones. Now anyone who has been following our adventures will know that Andrew has had issues in the past with stepping stones – but not today – all the practice paid off and Andrew cleared them without stopping.
After walking past Great Tor on the cliffs we knew we could drop down to the beach to complete the walk to Oxwich Bay.
And that was our 12 mile walk, done by 2.45pm.
But then we had to wait for the bus, so we popped into the hotel for a nice afternoon pot of tea, and very reasonably priced as well.
Then up the hill for a mile to the bus-stop.
And we got the 118 back to Swansea and the car, and then off to get the bikes. 12 miles completed taking us to 336.7 miles completed and 535.0 miles to go.