As somebody who suffers from a bad back occasionally (currently on my 7 day of limited activity), I get an insight into what it would be like to have permanent problems affecting motion. This got me thinking on those locations in Swansea and Gower area that people with limited motion would be able to access to allow them to get some great photographs. The list does rely on having a car for some locations, but most can be reached by public transport. Please feel free to add your ideas in the comments below; here goes but not in any particular order:

  1. SWANSEA BAY – the path along the bay allows great views of Mumbles, sunrise in winter and spring, bird photography at Blackpill, Mumbles Pier and on the pitch & put course, plus spring flowers in the form of Daffodils and Crocus.
  2. PENCLAWDD?-? great sunset location, some bird life close to the path, views over the Loughor estuary, images of horses on the marsh
  3. THE MARSH ROAD, CROFTY to LLANRHIDIAN – views over the marsh, birdlife on the marsh, grazing sheep and horses
  4. CASWELL BAY – the ramp down to the bay helps with access, this may depend on how close the sand is to the ramp. Occasionally there is a drop from the ramp onto the sand where it has been washed away. Sunset images in winter, fairly tame gulls, interesting rock patterns and rock pool life.
  5. LANGLAND BAY – the path along the bay allows some wider landscape images, especially if you can get to the headland buy the golf course, images of the beach huts, images of surfing on the higher tides
  6. SWANSEA MARINA – multi coloured buildings and some interesting architecture, the sail bridge, National Waterfront Museum.
  7. CLYNE GARDENS – the main entrance? has lots to photograph, from the Park Keepers house to flowers and birds. If mobility allows some of the other paths can be used to get further into the?gardens.
  8. SINGLETON PARK – very tame squirrels, flowers, birds.
  9. WWT?NATIONAL WETLANDS CENTRE WALES, Llanelli – access to hides is good, plus the captive bird collection is very tame.
  10. RHOSSILI – there are some good views from the car park and opposite the National Trust shop, have a drink outside in the hotel?grounds with a great view?of the bay.
  11. NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENOF WALES – easy access to flowers, birds, tropical house, sculptures.
  12. NORTH GOWER PATH, from Gowerton to Penclawdd – some of this is has a tarmac layer?allowing access to trees, birds and views of the estuary, flowers and birds.

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  • I’m really glad you did this post. I shall try to think of other suggestions …

    I was looking at the local Ramblers’ blog/site earlier today, at a walk around Kidwelly (beautifully photographed and explained) … with the bane of my life, a (prohibitive) stile. So no go for the likes of me. The new hide at Oxwich might be worth a mention … though it may not be accessible to all. We saw a Hen harrier and Snipe there: others saw an Otter in the area.

  • P.S. I love both these photos!

  • Nick says:

    Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for the comments and I’m glad you liked the photos. I haven’t been to Oxwich recently so I’m not sure what the access to the hide is like. At my last visit they were just clearing the site ready for construction.
    Keep any location suggestions coming!

    Best wishes,
    Nick

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