Clyne Gardens are owned by Swansea Council and form a calm oasis of parkland on the edge of Swansea Bay, between the City itself and Mumbles. Clyne Gardens is one of the many hidden gems of the area and well worth a visit, especially in Spring when the rhododendrons and azeleas are in bloom. The Castle within the grounds has been developed as private flats but the gardens remain free to the public.
About Clyne Gardens
Clyne Gardens are renowned for their collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, and each year the month of May is given over to their celebration, with teas and cakes on sale at the entrance and storytelling and open air concerts around the park.
Japanese Bridge Clyne Gardens
Enjoy open vistas across Swansea Bay from the top of the hill, then seek out winding pathways leading to unexpected discoveries in the wooded valley. You might find the Japanese bridge by the waterfall (look out for the handkerchief tree nearby). There is also a hidden folly, and some small pet gravestones. These date from the era when the Castle and gardens were the home of the Vivians. These were one of the most influential families in the development of industrial Swansea.
You will find something to enjoy in Clyne Gardens at any time of year. Doubtless winter sledding remains as popular as it was when the students at Clyne Castle used to “liberate” lunch trays! Summer gives great opportunities for picnics. The Woodman, the pub at the entrance to Clyne Gardens, is a cosy watering hole. It provides meals as well if that fits with your itinerary. If you have small children and a sunny day, then they might enjoy a story around the story tree. Later they can take a paddle in Blackpill Lido just across the road. You can also combine your trip with a walk through Clyne woods, where you will find bluebells and anemones nestling among the trees. Make sure you bring a camera and capture the energy of the gardens bursting into bloom.
The story tree in Clyne Gardens
Where to park
There are a number of parking places reserved next to The Woodman pub off the Oystermouth Road. There is also a council car park at the bottom of Clyne Cycle path. Alternatively you will find a small car park at the top of Mill Lane which gives access to Clyne Valley. There is an entrance to Clyne Gardens just below the Castle entrance.
If you think you might like to visit from further afield and you need somewhere to stay may I suggest Gower Edge (www.gower-self-catering.co.uk). This is our self catering holiday home in Dunvant which sleeps 8 in comfort and welcomes children and pets.
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Dog friendly self catering on the Gower may be just what the vet ordered! As the clocks spring forward and the daffodils are coaxed into the sunshine then a walk along a Welsh beach will blow the cobwebs away and wake you up for the summer.
A large number of the beaches around Swansea Bay and the Gower remain dog friendly all year, but if you grab a late availability break before May 1st then you can avoid the dog ban all together. There is also a warm welcome for furry visitors in many attractions and pubs in the area.
Beautiful Singleton Park and Clyne Gardens in the heart of Swansea, together with a number of lesser known green spaces around the area, will give additional options for exercise and of course you can access the Gower section of the newly opened Wales Coast Path if you want to put in some serious mileage.
Rush enjoying a walk at Rhossili
Gower Edge enjoys welcoming multiple dogs and other pets. Rush (above) has tested the facilities for us, and Mum brings her dog, Bracken on occasion too. You do need to be aware that livestock graze freely in a number of areas on the Gower itself and an extending lead will support safe walking, keeping pets well under control. We have suggested a route to visit Arthur’s Stone to get you started.
If you are looking for dog friendly accommodation, check out our prices and availability HERE and perhaps we will see you soon. Happy walkies!
Sylvia Mawby owns and runs Gower Edge with Louise. The house used to be the family home until a move to the Midlands for work, when the decision was taken to run it as a holiday let. Sylvia is a serial dog owner but has many friends with more than one dog. She knows how difficult it can be to find holiday accommodation for multiple dogs. Hopefully this pet friendly home from home will fit the bill for you.
We have finally got round to enjoying Gower Edge ourselves this week with a pre-Easter visit and the decision had already been taken that our first target would be a walk down to Mumbles on arrival to check out The Pilot, which has recently won new accolades as the best pub in Wales. Having dropped off our kit in Dunvant, we took to the bike path from Dunvant Square to Blackpill and were soon reminiscing about happy days walking our children around Clyne Valley Country Park in a back pack (they are now 20 and 18)!
The birds provided a tuneful backdrop and we were soon out of earshot of traffic and feeling the stresses of the week recede into the background. Rush was full of enthusiasm for the new scents and made several new Welsh doggie friends along the way. We noticed a few welcome additions to the route. There is now a bike hire facility at Dunvant Rugby Club (Bike Ability Wales) and a short time later we came upon a BMX cycling track just behind the Railway Inn in Killay. Our kids would have loved having this on their doorstep and I guess you can hire a bike and then go down and give it a try.
Having made it to the front at Blackpill, and now walking into a brisk headwind, we set our sights on the Pier and lighthouse and traced out the sweep of the bay along the promenade. We could see the Mumbles restaurant scene has a few new additions and all the favourites remain. We debated whether to eat out but decided to stick with the “drink and home” plan as we had the dog with us. The Pilot was looking great in it’s new coat of blue paint and is pet friendly, but was filling up quickly. As Rush prefers a quieter atmosphere we had a coffee and slice of cake at Verdi’s across the road (where dogs are allowed outside under cover), making a mental note to return for a craft pint another day.
The Pilot, Mumbles – dog friendly.
Dusk was falling and the recently refurbished Oystermouth Castle was lit up and looking good against the skyline as we came back into Mumbles. Joggers and cyclists shared the promenade with us back to Blackpill where we turned left onto the cycle track again. We noticed what we had assumed were reflective tabs in the cycle path on the way down were now giving out a faint glow in the dark which kept us happily on track through the woods. Great idea!
Fish and chips from The China Kitchen in Dunvant was tasty as always (great curry sauce!) all washed down with a nice red wine. Arrival complete and ideas bandied around for the rest of the stay we retired, satisfied, to bed.
About the Author
We own Gower Edge, a pet friendly self catering home from home on the edge of the Gower Peninsula in Dunvant. If you would like to stay in the area, check us out, we’d love to hear from you.