I came here on training for mountain leader training and was blown away by the scale and availability of the routes for both bikes and walkers.
Well worth a visit, even though, was a little annoyed by the parking charge.
South Wales' own Forest Park, set in 3250 hectares of spectacular conifer forest specially set aside by Forest Enterprise Wales. Enjoy walking, mountain biking, orienteering, horse riding, or just relaxing with a picnic or barbecue in a breathtaking landscape.
The focal point of the park is the Forest Park Centre. Here you can enjoy a meal in the cafe, visit the gift shop or hire a mountain bike to explore some of the many miles of all-ability waymarked forest trails,
Oxwich Castle lies not far from Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsular about 30-40 minutes West of the City of Swansea.
The 'Castle' is an impressive Tudor Manor House built by Sir Rice Mansel in the 16th Century - the Mansel Coat of Arms can be seen above the gateway. After the death of Rice Mansel the Manor House was passed onto his son, Edward Mansel who added further building works to enhance the Manor. The buildings sadly fell into disrepair after the Mansels moved out in 1630's and the South Range was used as a farmhouse. Today, the Castle in in the care of CADW who look after Welsh Historic Monuments.
The Castle is closed during the winter period (between the beginning of October to the end of March).
The entrance fee is £2.60 per adult with concessions available.
For someone coming from Mannheim this would be a "what to do" tip, but for the rest of the world it's "off the beaten path". Mannheim is one of the twin cities of Swansea and a sculpture of the landmark of Mannheim, the watertower, is standing in Swansea.
I asked at the tourist information, but the very friendly and helpful lady there had never heard of it. (What a blow to Mannheim's pride!)
Her boss also had no idea what I was talking about. They were going to send me to the Swansea watertower, but told me it's not really in an area of any interest for tourists. When I said there had to be a Mannheim Quay somewhere ( that what it had said in our local paper here in Mannheim), they had never heard of a Mannheim Quay either. (Another blow to Mannheim's pride!)
But with the help of three different maps, we managed to locate the Mannheim Quay and it turned out it was not really far (but a very tiny quay). So I walked there and found the sculpture of our Mannheim watertower. And, of course, I took a picture of it.
If you want to see the original, come to Mannheim.
All at a time of supposed austerity in a poor city. But the university does lack space in its Singleton campus.
Off for a walk on Crymlyn Burrows, some impromptu artists have been at work.
Swansea University wants to develop this site, though seems to have run out of money for the moment to pursue its dreams.