is it? : Langland. near Mumbles, on the Gower
peninsula south Wales.
Allow : 1.5 hours, Distance 2.25 miles / 4
Attractions : beaches, sea views, beach huts, swimmers,
surfers, golfers. cliff views.
Rating : Easy. This is a short walk, and if you like sitting
down, having a cup of tea, watching surfers and swimmers and would
enjoy beautiful views of the Gower coastline and beaches then this
is the walk for you.
Car Parking : If travelling by car, park the car at the bottom
of the hill (Rotherslade Road) leading to Langland Bay (Rotherslade
Beach end). (Parking is limited and might be difficult at peak season,
Alternatively take Langland Bay Road to Car Park. This option entails
walking back to the Balcony Cafe for the start of the walk.)
Directions : [ Map
of Langland Bay to Caswell Bay Walk location ]
From Swansea take the A4067 towards Mumbles. Turn right onto Newton Road
- B4593. Turn left onto Higher Lane. Turn left onto Cambridge Road. Arrive
Eira Wyn and I started this walk with a sit down at the tables
of the balcony-terrace of the beach cafe. It is a great spot to sit and
"people watch" as the Gower Coastal Path seems to pass straight
through the cafe terrace allowing you to watch all the walkers go by,
and, as the balcony overlooks Langland beach, there is plenty to watch
To start the walk itself you simply turn right along the path at the
bottom of the hill. This takes you round the headland and another vista
opens before you. At low tide it's a beautiful beach with picturesque
rocky outcrops, offering plenty of fun for family holidays with golden
sands and rock pools for crabbing. The path proceeds down a slight incline
to the beach promenade that's lined with row after row of municipal
beach huts. Although many of the beach huts are in dire need of repair
it seems they go like hot cakes, if and when they become available
for hire. Set further back from the beach is an interesting Victorian
- Gothic style building which invites further investigation.
That is for another day and we continue walking toward the end of the
beach following the path as it starts to climb again toward Snaple Point,
before continuing on round Newton Cliff.
There are a number of seats on the headland and if you are lucky enough
to grab one you may spend a pleasant time watching the surfers ride the
waves off the point, or, as often as not, not ride the waves off
But although this is a "walk with a lot of sitting down" we
have to make a bit of an effort so on we go round the headland toward
This section of the path offers great views of the waves breaking against
the rocks below, and although most of the path is level there is a bit
of an incline toward the next headland, Whiteshell Point. But the climb
is more than compensated for by the views of Caswell Bay and the Gower
coastline from the top of the hill. We could do with another seat here
for another sit down to take in the views.
As this walk is a short easy walk Eira Wyn decides we should turn back
on ourselves to return to Langland Bay and the car.
This we did but not before a cup of tea and a bit more sitting down and
people watching from the vantage point of the balcony-terrace of the cafe
at Langland Bay.
Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged
pictures of the Walk from Langland Bay to Caswell Bay, South