Swansea Beach, Swansea

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Swansea Beach stretches for five miles along Swansea Bay between the Maritime Quarter and the "Knab Rock" near Mumbles in Wales. It is backed by a promenade/cycle track (part of National Cycle Route 4) and a coastal road. The southern section of the Swansea Bay beach between Blackpill and Mumbles is designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.Swansea Beach has a couple of named sections. The section of beach just outside Victoria park is known as "The Slip". Blackpill Beach is the section around the mouth of the Clyne River.TourismIn recent years, tourism has provided a boost to the local economy. Swansea Bay itself was popular in Victorian times and in the early part of the 20th century. However, despite having dunes and golden sands over a large section of the Bay all the way from the mouth of the River Neath to Blackpill, with the exception of the Swansea Docks breakwater, it now rarely hosts more than a few hundred visitors on even the best day, even in the height of summer and has seen little of the tourist boom. Ironically in the last ten years or so, with the reduction in pollution (see below) has come an increase in the amount of sand on the lower stretches of the Bay at low tide which were once almost pure mud flats. The bay in Swansea previously had an abundance of sand but in the last century 300,000 tonnes of sand were removed from the beach and shipped to Blackpool which had a shortage of sand.
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  • Having been brought down from London as a child to visit my families business I never knew how close the beach was to the city! Only until my son has gone to the local university have I now know. Such...  more »
  • One of the most underrated beaches in the area thanks to the beautiful Gower peninsula being so close. Take a look at the gorgeous sweep of sand and sea around the curving bay. Beautiful on a sunny da...  more »
  • Swansea Bay itself is superb, probably because the council haven't yet tampered with it. Swansea City has little to recommend it for tourists, and though I live there I always go elsewhere to shop. Th...  more »

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