Pembrokeshire Coast Walk 1. Amroth to Saundersfoot

Our series of Pembrokeshire coast walks begins in Amroth village at the stone pillar which marks the start or end point, depending on which way you’re walking, of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail.

We are walking the National Trail from South to North and there’s a map of the coastline on a plaque and nearby a waymarker post with the National Trail’s famous acorn symbol, to helpfully remind walkers of the distance ahead, the end point at St.Dogmael’s is just 186 miles away!

Amroth to St. Dogmael’s 186 miles on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

So this first stage of ‘Short walks, long paths’ is an easy going walk heading westwards to Saundersfoot, just over 3 miles on the official coast path route, so 6 miles ‘there and back’.

This walk starts at the eastern edge of the village opposite The New Inn, a pub which has no doubt been a welcome host to walkers celebrating completion of the full trail from the North over the years.

So we set off walking alongside the main road through the village with fine views over the wide sweep of Amroth beach with the swathes of pebble banks and numerous lines of breakwater timber groynes stretching out across the sands.

Amroth has a small number of shops, cafes and pubs stretched out along the seafront road, ideal if you want some refreshments to start your walk and set you on your way.

One notable fixture along the seafront is a steel fish sculpture ‘Bertie the Sea Bass’ , installed in summer 2018 to raise awareness of plastic litter pollution.

Bertie the Sea Bass at Amroth

The sculpture is filled with plastic litter to publicise Pembrokeshire’s Clean Seas pledge to “turn the tide on marine plastic”, a great initiative to engage the interest of the younger generation on such an important issue.

Continuing to the end of the beach road, there’s a public toilets building and the path heads uphill from here on a series of quite steep twisting steps, which raises the heart rate at an early stage of this walk. But once at the top it’s a more gentle climb as the path widens on the headland alongside some magnificent pines bordering the clifftop.

From here a surfaced track follows the contours across the gently undulating countryside before joining the road downhill to Wiseman’s Bridge. It’s a very popular spot here for day trippers and the pub of the same name has a large outside terrace area with great views across the bay. The coast path continues along the road and across an old stone bridge, then joins a wide footway with white railings above the rocky shoreline.

Wiseman’s Bridge

This footway follows an old coal tramway, a relic of victorian industrial activity in the area. The tramway was used for moving coal from long gone local collieries for shipping out of the harbour at Saundersfoot, but now provides a good level footpath for an easy walk along the coastline.

The path passes through 2 low and dimly lit tunnels which were originally cut through rock headlands for the tram rails, leading to Coppett Hall beach.

An old tramway tunnel

Coppet Hall has a water sports activity centre with great facilities, which also hosts a highly rated Coast Restaurant. It’s a popular location for families with its wide and impressive golden sand beach overlooking Carmarthen Bay and Monkstone Point.

It’s only a short distance before going through a third tunnel to emerge into The Strand, the street leads into Saundersfoot. The small harbour town has a relaxed holiday feel about the place, with a range of snack bars, cafes, a few pubs, gift and corner shops. One of our favourite places here is Periwinkle, a Bakery and Tea Room, a perfect stop off for coffee and snacks just across the road from the seafront.

So there’s plenty of places to get refreshments and take a break, followed by a relaxing stroll around the harbour area before heading back to Amroth. An option to consider if you time your walk about right at low tide, you can walk back along the beach from Saundersfoot around to Wiseman’s Bridge. With the late afternoon sun at your back casting long shadows on the smooth sand and waves gently lapping the shoreline this can be an invigorating walk.

Short Walks & Long Shadows

But watch those tide times or, as happened to us, you may end up having to contend with an incoming tide and it takes some sure footed rock hopping to make it back safely to the path.

Walk back along the beach at Wiseman’s Bridge but be aware of an incoming tide

So this ‘out and back’ walk is 6 and half miles, the one way distance of just over 3 miles on Pembrokeshire’s Coast Path National Trail. Only a further 183 Miles to go!

Amroth to Saundersfoot Coast Path – one way distance

This blog post was updated November 2021, when we completed this walk once again having originally walked this section in Autumn 2018.

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