I've just been told I've got a job in Swansea university and I'm over the moon to finally have a job related to the subject I studied for so long at uni. The only problem that's just dawned on me is that I haven't the faintest idea about Swansea as a place to live, so here's a big multi faceted question for anyone who lives/has lived in the area.
- Where should I be looking to live and how much should I be expecting to pay for a flat or a room in a shared house?
- Is there a good climbing wall nearby?
- What are the good pubs serving good beer in a nice environment?
- What's the best outdoor climbing venue in the area for VS/HVS punters?
Any other words of wisdom greatly appreciated.
Good limestone climbing on the gower king wall . yellow wall etc, a bit further to pembroke which is top class. Bolted Sandstone climbing up the valleys is ok, Orgmore for Doliomitic limestone Jenga climbing and DWS. Loads of Pubs on the Mumbles mile and Loads of Slappers out on a friday night on the kingsway.
Good luck living in Swansea, it will be an education in itself.
Ps good surfing can be had down the gower and Pembroke, reef and beach breaks.
Housing - not sure of house share, but I know a decent place will cost around 450-650 pcm, depending on the area. The east side of Swansea is generaly cheaper ( but by no means worse! East-side born and bred :p), with Port Tennant, St Thomas and new SA1 waterfront development being the areas closest to the city centre( 10mins walk). If you want house share, your best bet will be in the areas of Brynmill, Uplands, Sketty (student area basically!!).
There is a wall in clydach, Dynamic Rock Climbing Centre. Great wall, not massive, but the staff are awsome and everyone who goes is friendly. About 10mins drive from the city centre. Buses go directly there aswell.
As for trad, there are loads of routes on the gower to go at within that grade range, Fallbay being one of my favourite areas. Best bet, get a guide. Plus pembroke isnt that far away either.
As for pubs.......well........where do I start........ Theres this place call Wind Street you see........and, ummm, well....... I think I'll just leave you see for yourself lol :-p
Anyways, happy moving. If you need anymore info, feel free to ask
In reply to gethin_allen: Dynamic Rock is a decent indoor facility nearby http://www.dynamicrock.co.uk/index.htm
There is plenty of decent Trad in VS/HVS territory on Gower. Fall Bay Buttress is particularly good, 3 cliffs bay, boiler slab, upper jackey's Tor and Juniper Wall all have some worthwhile routes.
In reply to gethin_allen: Read anything on Swansea by Dylan Thomas (Child's Xmas in Wales, The Followers, Who do you Wish Was With Us, etc), don't worry, the place hasn't changed a jot since he wrote it.
In reply to gethin_allen:
My old uni city - great spot if you're into the outdoors. I lived out at Murton/ Bishopston which is handy for getting out to the Gower for climbing, running and surfing. We could walk through the chalets at Holtsfield to surf at Caswell and there was two pubs in the village - the Joiners and AN other whose name escapes me. Good climbing at Three Cliffs and Tor Bay as well as others mentioned.
The Antelope was the place to be in Mumbles when I was there and the Handjob (Admiral Hancock) was a bit more local than studenty. You've gotta go to Cinders on the pier at least once. Further towards town, Uplands or Brynmill - Uplands Tavern and the Cricketers were good pubs. Town centre was a cultural desert but may have changed - although by looking at the comments here, maybe not!
Oh, a bit of a reminiscence, the last time I was at "Cinders" (approx 1978)
Once a gang of us were staying in Mumbles, whilst attending an Aikido course in Swansea. The last night we were there, my mate cooked us up a huge vat of spaghetti bolognaise. We planned to go into Mumbles, hit a few pubs, then hit the disco (and yes it was a disco back in those days,) which abuts the pier. All well and good.
We had a fair few beers, got into the disco, and had some more. I felt sick. I don’t know if this was due to the amount of beer I’d had, or mate's cooking, it could have been both.
I went outside to get some fresh air. This didn’t help in the slightest, so I leaned over the pier edge, and chucked my ring up. It came out like ropes. It was only while watching the ropes vanish into the dark that I realised the tide was out, and below me at the foot of the pier were a bunch of courting couples.
Who were now being bombarded by bolognaise flavoured puke.
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