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Explore Our Coast!

 

Here at River Tawe Holiday Apartment you will find a rural escape with easy access to city life.  Situated in between Swansea and Brecon, This is an ideal base from which to explore.

Whether you fancy a fun-filled family day out at Aberavon or exploring the caves and ancient monuments of the Gower Peninsula, fine dining in the Mumbles or a cocktail at sunset by Swansea Marina, our coastline has a lot to offer.

The village of Ystradgynlais links directly through to central Swansea by both the A4067 and the Sustrans cycle path 43 part of the National Cycle Network.  This cycle path consists of mainly off-road cycle paths and some stretches of safe road and dedicated cycle lanes. Both the road and cycle path provide excellent access to Swansea Bay and the Gower.

 

Family Fun Days

For family days out, there are so many options:

  • You could choose Aberavon Seafront.   It has a new swimming pool, outdoor kids splash water play, crazy golf, huge and exciting play area and excellent cafes.
  • Why not head to Mumbles pier to play in the arcade or visit the lifeboat house and then find the secret beach at the end of the pier for rock pools and lovely sand.  Take a trip to Verdi’s cafe for pasta or pizza and an ice cream.  With quick service, a floor length glass frontage with views over the bay, and plenty of outdoor seating, it’s a favourite with families. –Verdi’s – Italian Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour – great views quick service
  • Let the kids try rock climbing  and swimming at LC2: Swansea’s Leisure pool and sports centre.  Afterwards they can enjoy the five level indoor play centre, then go for  some delicious lunch by the marina at a waterside cafe or bar like The Swigg. You could follow this with a trip to one of Swansea’s many museums or art galleries. –The Swigg – Marina Side Bar and Cafe with excellent food and drinks.- National Waterfront Museum Dylan Thomas Centre

 

An Elegant Adventure

Start with an early lunch at Norton House served from 12-2.30,  £13.95 set menu for two courses.  Then why not head to the shops and boutiques and beauty parlours of The Mumbles for some retail therapy and pampering.

 

 

Fine Dining Restaurants

 

Munch of Mumbles

Fairyhill in Llanrhidian

Hanson at the Chelsea

Beach House at Oxwich

 

Coastal Pursuits

You can try sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, sea caving, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, walking, bird-watching, whale watching, archery and much much more.

 

Whatever you love doing River Tawe Holiday Apartment can accommodate you!

 

 

 

Llyn y Fan – Fawr and Fach

Luke Evans in the Visit Wales Advert

Welsh Actor Luke Evans mentions “Llyn Y Fan’s Great Beauty” in Visit Wales’s amazing new advert promoting Wales.   Llyn y Fan is a lake in the Brecon Beacons or in fact two lakes.  Llyn y Fan Fawr and Llyn y Fan Fach lie on a mountain just north of Ystradgynlais, where River Tawe Holiday Apartment is situated.

 It is  a short drive and a beautiful walk to visit these ancient and mysterious lakes which have been the subject of legends throughout the ages.

 The Red book Of Hergest, an ancient manuscript written just after the year 1382 holds a tale that starts by the shores of Llyn y Fan Fach and the same story is also recorded in the Mabinogion.

The story can be read here.

 

Llyn y Fan Fach, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK by Matt Botwood .Copr. Brecon Beacons

 

Sgwd Henrhyd or Hendryd Falls

By Nilfanion - Wikimedia UK, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47669198

By Nilfanion – Wikimedia UK, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Sgwd Henrhyd or Hendryd Falls

Hendryd Waterfall is South Wales’s tallest waterfall with a 90ft drop. It is situated near Coelbren on the River Nant Llech.

A spectacular and mysterious sight especially as for the sure footed it is possible walk behind the falls.

The Fossil Trees which stand outside Swansea Museum were found here by Sir William Edmond Logan who later became the head of the Geological Survey of Canada.

The waterfall was also the entrance to the bat cave in the film Batman – The Dark Knight Rises.

It is a steep walk that can sometimes be slippery, wear waterproofs if planning to get close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travelling a little further to Pontneddfechan and the Waterfall Centre, where there is information given on the many stunning walks available some easy ranging up to huge adventures taking in upto nine waterfalls in one day.

Caving in the Fforest Fawr Geopark

The National Show Cave Centre and Dan Yr Ogof is less that a 15 minute drive away and the area its is in world renowned for its Cave System. Part of the UNESCO Fforest Fawr Geopark,  Penywyllt is home to The South Wales Caving Club and of course Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. With its convenient large utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer and a luxurious bath to soak away and aches and pains, The River Tawe Holiday Apartment is the perfect base for caving holiday.

The Gower Peninsula is also full of caving opportunities see this map.