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We followed the coast road out of Mumbles, past Mumbles Pier, Bracelet Bay and round the Mumbles Hill Langland Bay the Gower peninsulaheadland, within five minutes we reached Langland Bay. The sun was shining on Langland Bay and we decided to stay awhile.

The road leading down to Langland Bay is very steep and it is a cul-de-sac, so parking could be a problem in the high season. We were fortunate that it was mid October and were able to park close to the beach steps with no problems.

We walked down a few steps to a cafe and found a pleasant "balcony" area. There are tables and chairs set out on the balcony and if you are lucky enough to get a table you are rewarded with great views of the Bay and all that goes on there. We had  a nice cup of tea and enjoyed the view before deciding to take advantage of the improvement in the weather and stretch our legs.

The coastal path runs through the cafe area and you have a choice of heading East around the Mumbles headland via Limeslade Bay and Bracelet Bay to Mumbles Pier, or, West via Langland Bay and round Langland Bay walkersNewton Cliff to Caswell Bay.

We chose to walk to Caswell Bay. The path takes you past a large number of beach huts in Langland, with many of them being in a pretty bad state of repair. The original beach huts were erected in the 1920's and 30's and they are still popular to this day. The local council own them and although they are only 3m (10ft) square and they have no facilities they are in great demand and each year applicants names are put into a hat with the lucky ones renting the huts for the season. I can imagine they will be demolishing them soon and "developing" the site. Langland beach itself is a fantastic beach and I imagine it must be packed in the summer months. Children will love it for the rock pools and the wide expanse of golden sands. There were a surprising number of people on Langland beach on the day of our visit considering it was a mid October day, including surfers, swimmers, paddlers, dog walkers, and just plain walkers. Now that the sun was out the sea looked inviting and I would have taken a dip in the sea myself except for the omission of the beach towel, again. I took some pictures of the swimmers and surfers instead and we carried on across the Bay and round the headland of Newton Cliff toward Caswell Bay.

It is an easy, safe walk with some delightful views of the Gower coastline, we passed several other walkers,( and a few on mountain bikes), and despite there being one steeper section the path was fine for Langland Bay surfersa young mother with her child in a pram.

As is often the case the weather changes on reaching the top of a climb and today was to prove no exception. On reaching our first sight of Caswell Bay a big black cloud blocked out the sun. This gave us a bad impression of the Bay but I am sure a bit of sunshine and the removal of the big carbuncle (a block of flats) plonked right on the edge of the bay could improve our impression of Caswell Bay.

Eira Wyn decided that we had walked far enough so we returned to the car at Langland Bay for the short drive back to our hotel in Swansea.

Tip !
If, like ourselves, you are too late to book an hotel on the Gower, don't worry, Swansea is so close to the Gower that you can get the best of both worlds by booking an hotel in Swansea.

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Please -- click on the pictures below -- for enlarged pictures of Langland Bay, Gower Peninsula, South Wales, UK.
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Brave Bathers at Langland Bay considering it was mid October Langland Bay
Elderly bathers at Langland Bay in mid October !  
Langland Bay
Gower Footpath between Langland and Carswell Bay Golf at Langland Bay
Path from Carswell Bay to Langland  
Golf Course at Langland Bay
Bristol Channel Clouds Langland Bay surfer
Clouds over the Bristol Channel near Caswell Bay  
Surfer at Langland Bay

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