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This is a favourite haunt of mine (and our dogs) Bracelet Bay on the beautiful Gower Coast. The view of an incoming tide looking towards the Mumbles Head and Lighthouse. There has been a lighthouse on this point for several centuries warning mariners of the dangerous rocks around the head as they approach the port of Swansea.

Swansea, along with the other major ports of Barry and Cardiff were, at the turn of the 19th century, the biggest exporting ports for coal in the world. The ports handled the high quality steam coal that came down from the valleys of Glamorgan and Mounmouthshire. It was said that you could walk from one side of the dock to the other without getting your feet wet, such was the number of ships waiting to be loaded with the 'black gold'.

Mumbles Head, on the western edge of Swansea Bay is the gateway to the beautiful Gower Coast. In 1956 the UK government made the Gower Peninsula an 'Area of outstanding natural beauty', the first such named in the UK.

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Additional Photos by Gerwyn Gibbs (gibbsy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 183] (1376)
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