Mumbles and Gower trail
Mumbles and Gower played a very important part in Dylan Thomas' life, although he was essentially a 'townee'.
'MUMBLES, a rather nice village, despite its name,
'GOWER is a very beautiful peninsula, some miles from
This is how Dylan described these areas around Swansea in his early letters to his first serious girlfriend, Pamela Hansford Johnson.
Dylan Thomas was essentially what he referred to as a 'townee'. He wrote to his close friend Vernon Watkins, 'I'm not a country man; I stand for..... the provincial drive, the morning café, the evening pub...'
He lived most of his short life in towns or cities - Swansea, London, Oxford, New York, but the countryside, in particular the Welsh countryside and sea-side, played a very important part in his life, and had a profound influence on his work. It is some of these influences that this trail seeks to illuminate.
This journey does require the use of a car or public transport. It would be best to allow a full day to get the best of this trail with a car. On public transport, it might be best done as several trips.