Walk 1 - Amroth to Tenby
Walk time: At least three hours.
Difficulty: Some challenging inclines but not insurmountable.
Distance from Bluestone: Amroth is a 21 minute drive from Bluestone.
Toilets: There are public toilets in Amroth, Saundersfoot and Tenby.
Parking: Brookside Villas in Amroth is free 24/7 Mon - Sun parking with plenty of spaces.
Food and drink: Both Tenby and Saundersfoot are well stocked for options - fish and chips aplenty!
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wales Coast Path, we’ve set ourselves the challenge of conquering the section of the path that sits on our doorstep, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. We’ll be exploring the 186-mile walk from start to finish, taking a relaxed route that we’ll be sharing with you to explore for yourself, as well as documenting points of interest and must-see spots along the way!
We’ve broken the route down into 18 breath-taking sections, that will hopefully inspire your own adventure, as well as highlight the beauty of the natural world that can be found under footstep.
The beginning of our journey sees us at the coastal town of Amroth. Situated 7-miles east of popular tourist destination Tenby, Amroth is a coastal village with a history of fishing and coal mining. A bustling village framed by golden sands and green countryside, Amroth encapsulates the sturdy and the serene that makes up Pembrokeshire. Running adjacent to the village is Amroth Beach, which was awarded Blue Flag status in 2020. Amroth Beach also houses a unique and ancient feature. When the tide recedes, a petrified forest that dates as far back as the last ice age appears out of the waters. Neolithic tools and fossilised animal parts have all been discovered amongst the ancient woods hidden beneath the waves.
The starting point (or finish line if you’re coming the other way) of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is located at The New Inn. With the tide out we decided to take the route along the beach toward Wiseman’s Bridge.
Before leaving Amroth however make sure to pay Bertie the Sea Bass a visit. The 14ft by 7ft steel sea bass was created by local sculptor Gideon Peterson and erected in July 2018 as a community response to local, nationwide, and global concerns around marine litter. Bertie’s goal is to raise awareness about the critical state of marine litter, and to serve as a place for volunteers to deposit plastics that have been cleaned from the beaches and sea.
Once we’d said hello to Bertie, we set off for Wiseman’s Bridge. Following the beach and up through picturesque green countryside, we followed the rise up to the tiny seaside hamlet of Wiseman’s Bridge. With tide out, it’s possible to continue and walk along the beach all the way through to Saundersfoot. However, the more interesting and unique route follows the old tramway, through a series of tunnels once used for transporting coal to Saundersfoot Harbour. Keep a look out for the old mine entrance which would’ve once supplied the coal that travelled through these tunnels.
Continuing on to Saundersfoot, we made tracks in the bustling harbour town. The port off the seafront of Saundersfoot today serves as a place for private mooring, however, back in the 19th century, the harbour would’ve been a hive of activity as the coal mined in Amroth and Wiseman’s Bridge was delivered for shipping along with a host of other cargo.
As we left Saundersfoot we were faced with a steep climb out of the town and up to Tenby. This proved to be the most difficult part of this route, but the rewards made the trek well worth it. Stunning scenic views greeted us as we ascended toward the top of the climb, overlooking seaside tourist paradise Tenby. Here is a great spot to settle down for a picnic and treat yourself to a well-earned break whilst enjoying the gorgeous scenery, before tackling the final 45-minute stretch down into Tenby.
This final section of the route will take you into Tenby overlooking North Beach, another of the 12 Blue Flag beaches that call Pembrokeshire their home, which is framed by rugged cliffs on one side and the picturesque town of Tenby on the other. North Beach is one of the most photographed places in Pembrokeshire and being an east facing suntrap that stays picturesque all year round it’s easy to see why.
This is where we called an end to the first stretch of our marathon journey. Exploring the colourful streets of Tenby and the gold sands of North Beach is just reward for the 7.8 mile walk that started in the quiet village of Amroth. Now it’s time to enjoy the first victory on our Pembrokeshire Coast Path adventure, and recharge for what’s to come!
Next up Tenby to Manorbier…