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Don Morton skates the MUMBLES


The Mumbles? Have you heard about, know of or been to the Mumbles?

Visitors new to the Mumbles might just wonder what exactly the Mumbles is! Essentially it's the delightful seaside village of Oystermouth situated just south of Swansea and easily cycled to from Swansea centre. (Don thinks it's more fun skating) The nickname the Mumbles, which appears to have stuck permanently, is derived from the word Mamelles meaning breasts and used by visiting French sailors in reference to the two offshore islets or rocks (one has a lighthouse) which apparently resembled breasts, at least to the French sailors.

The Mumbles

Tarmac to die for.


The Mumbles has much to offer including a remarkably well intact Victorian Pier plus a superb strolling promenade, numerous pubs and divine restaurants, and the splendid Oystermouth Castle ruins. It is the promenade that catches the skater's eye. Over 5 miles long and made up of smooth tarmac with the occasional pot-hole. (Don says. it would too easy without them) Well it helps to make it feel more like home! A very worthwhile skate.

Don Morton skates Cardiff

This was a first visit to the capital of Wales. Not knowing what to expect I contacted Cardiff Skaters in advance to get an idea of skating possibilities. There was a response from Alan Hounsell of SkateAway offering to skate round the city in the early evening with a group of skaters. (see pic. Alan is dead centre with his wife Jacqui in pink on his right)

Cardiff Skaters



Alan and Jacqui stop for a rest with the skate group at Cardiff Bay.



We were fortunate in having a sunny but cold night and a bit of wind didn't prevent us skating about 8 miles round the city which was unexpectedly scenic with many impressive buildings and much rehabilitation of the waterfront at Cardiff Bay. Add to this generally flat roads with lots of smooth surface making this a good skating opportunity for the skating visitor. Lucky Cardiff!

....and read a synopsis of what Cardiff has to say about itself.

The history of Cardiff stretches back over 2000 years, as demonstrated by the striking castle at the heart of the city which features Roman and Norman fortifications along with more modern Victorian aspects. Today the city combines the best of the old and the new.

You will find ultra-modern office blocks alongside buildings existing from Cardiff's great industrial era when, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Cardiff was one of the world's largest coal-exporting ports. The former docklands and industrial areas have now been recreated as the bold new commercial and domestic development of Cardiff Bay, one of Europe's most exciting waterfront developments.

Cardiff also has a greater area of parkland per head of population than any other city in Britain. In total, there are 330 parks and gardens around Cardiff, some of which extend right into the city centre itself. These green areas provide residents with unrivalled opportunities for sport, leisure and relaxation.

(Don thanks Cardiff for a very nice skate.)