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Langland and Limeslade

This part of the Gower has a long history of popularity for holidays and recreation.  Langland was established as a tourist resort in the nineteenth century, and as you walk about you will see a variety of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, including turreted hotels, guesthouses and villas.  The curving line of green and white beach huts behind the beach is a distinctive feature of the town.  The area is still very popular with holidaymakers, and when the conditions are right you can watch the surfers in Langland Bay.

Further east, Mumbles Head is a popular spot, with its islands and lighthouse.  Despite its attractive appearance, the headland and its rocks are treacherous, particularly in bad weather, and there are many shipwreck sites off the headland.  The lighthouse, completed in 1795, is stone built and octagonal in shape, and its original cast-iron lantern was made in the Neath Abbey Ironworks.  Next door is the lighthouse keeper’s cottage.  Just around the corner to the north are Mumbles pier and lifeboat station.  The pier was originally the terminus of the Swansea – Mumbles railway line, where you could connect directly onto a steamer across the Bristol Channel to Devon or Somerset.  In around 1920 a lifeboat station and walkway was added at a right-angle to the main pier.  Above the headland, Limeslade is a popular local nature reserve with views of Langland Bay and Swansea Bay.  It supports coastal grassland and heathland habitats which are home to a wide variety of flowers, butterflies and birds.

The inter-tidal zone of Langland Bay has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because it is considered to be one of the best places to study ancient sediments formed during the Pleistocene Epoch, including the last glaciation when much of Britain was covered by ice.  Features include a raised beach (created when sea levels were higher than they are now) and material left behind by the last glaciers, approximately 18,000 years ago.