On any given day when the sun is out (and more than often when it’s not) you’ll find locals and visitors alike jogging, cycling and walking along the popular promenade that runs along Mumbles Seafront. Join the crowds and stroll from Mumbles Village to the lighthouse and pier. Along the way you’ll find everything from amusement arcades and classic British cafes to fine-dining restaurants and some of the best ice cream this side of Italy.
This wide walkway runs all the way from Mumbles to the SA1 district of Swansea city centre. Head east towards town and stop for a home made gelato at Ripples café. A mile further on, children can enjoy the safe swimming and the small playground at Black Pill Lido, while adults can out their feet up at the stylish Junction Café. This was originally the terminal for the world’s first passenger train, which ran along this seafront as early as 1806. This service may have long finished, but children still love recreating the journey on the Mumbles Land Train which runs from here to Oystermouth during the summer months.
For a shorter walk, head west from Mumbles village towards the lighthouse. Pass by the neatly planted beds of Southend Gardens and rows of colourful fishing boats and you’ll come to Verdis, a longstanding local favourite that serves dozens of flavours of homemade Italian ice cream and gelato. Stop here for a coffee and enjoy the views across the bay, then keep walking to reach Mumbles Pier. Here you’ll find some classic seaside entertainment, with amusement arcades and a Victorian style café among the attractions.
At high tides during the summer months you’ll see fishermen converging in this area hoping to land a prize catch of bass, mackerel or dab. The deepest waters are off the end of the pier, though be aware that fishermen are charged £5 to access these. Walkers though, can stroll along the pier for free, and the sweeping views back across the village and out towards the Mumbles Lighthouse are the perfect place to end your walk.
The Mumbles seafront runs parallel with Mumbles Road, where you’ll find some of Mumbles’ best places to eat, with steak houses, Italian cuisine, fine-dining fish restaurants and everything in between. This stretch is also what was once known as the Mumbles Mile, though many of the pubs have now closed, and the stag and hen parties seem to favour the bars of Wind Street. This isn't neccesarily a bad thing, and you can still find several pleasant places to have a drink along ‘the mile’. The Pilot, at the very end, has its own microbrewery, while The Village Inn serves traditional pub food.
If you can’t drag yourself away from the stunning sea views, choose to stay in one of the seafront hotels or B&Bs, and wake up in the morning with the smell of the ocean drifting through the window.