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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  • August 16, 2017
    It's a pleasant enough beach to visit when the tide is out. Normally frequented by local dog walkers and fishermen digging for lug-worm as the tourists tend to visit the more commercialised, but nicer...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful beach. We walked from Waterfront to Mumbles pier (which took longer than Google maps estimate of 1 hour 58 mins), along the beach. Play areas, workout areas and cafe on route. We were there ...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    One of the most beautiful beaches, rated as being in the Top 10 Beaches in the UK.. Wonderful landscape surrounding with walking trails above the beach that gives you an awesome view of Rhossili and W...  more »

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Accommodation in Swansea comes in a variety of styles. You can choose from luxury and budget hotels, affordable hostels, traditional inns, and cozy B&Bs. Not as formal or as expensive as most hotels, many of Swansea's B&Bs are run by local families of Welsh speakers, who have a vast knowledge of South Wales and are more than willing to share it with their guests. Even less expensive and just as interesting, several of Swansea's organic dairy and sheep farms comfortable lodgings to guests.
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