Explore acres of wide-open space at Swansea’s largest urban park, Singleton Park and if you wander off the beaten track and explore the woodland, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for crows, robins, wrens and even long tailed tits – there are so many birds that make Singleton Park their home.
Established over 100 years ago as a public park, Singleton Park has lots of old trees with small holes which are perfect for bats, nuthatches and jackdaws to hide away. There are plenty of benches to break up your walk too or take a picnic blanket and choose your favourite spot to chill. Close your eyes, listen to the birds and enjoy being surrounded in nature at this huge and spacious park, which is well connected by public transport from Swansea Bus Station and cycle routes.
Just a short walk (or drive) from Singleton Park and located on Swansea’s Promenade, you can enjoy lunch at The Secret Beach Bar and Kitchen with views across Swansea Bay towards Mumbles. The menus are curated by their talented chefs, all dishes are prepared fresh daily and all produce is sourced locally. The menu is a contemporary mix of modern British cuisine and authentic Welsh dishes.
In the day you can walk in, sit on the terrace with sea views while enjoying an artisan coffee and a refreshing breakfast. By night you can enjoy succulent steak and have an intimate dining experience. You can also grab a quick takeaway for your walk from the Secret takeaway unit. They welcome all the family including your four legged besties, who can enjoy a Puppachino of their very own, whilst you tuck into your favourite dish!
Keep your eyes peeled for barnacles, limpets (grazing the rocks for algae), shorecrabs and hermit crabs. Spend a few minutes walking the strandline to see what’s been washed ashore….perhaps an oyster shell….or a ‘mermaid’s purse’ (an egg case of a member from the shark family). Why not learn about the different types of seaweed….there’s even one called ‘sea lettuce!’ At the lower shore, you’ll see some amazing structures, created by a fantastic animal called the honeycomb reef worm…. but please be careful of these, they are very fragile and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the incoming tide! And if you have time after all that rockpooling, head to Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve nearby.
Just a stone’s throw from Bracelet Bay, enjoy your evening meal at the Lighthouse Brasserie, with views of Mumbles Lighthouse and Bracelet Bay. The Lighthouse Brasserie brings relaxed all-day dining to the iconic heart of Mumbles. The menu offers a range of contemporary British classics and Italian-inspired cuisine, plus a range of exquisite vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Don’t fancy completing the Swansea Wildlife Trail in a day? Stay overnight in Swansea and enjoy a short break instead!
Top tip: Check out the other Wildlife Trails on the Swansea Bay Trails page!
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