Amroth is the village that marks the beginning or end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Only 20 minutes’ drive from Tenby, the settlement has its own wide sandy beach which is south-facing and sunny so it’s popular with families for swimming, games and windsurfing. The beach has earned a Seaside Award and the water quality is often assessed as meriting the Blue Flag. Dogs are only allowed on the very eastern end during the summer.
Just behind the beach at the east end is a 16th century pub, The New Inn, serving homemade foods including local fresh fish. At the west end is the main village, where you can find another pub, a shop and several cafés as well as sea-front souvenir shops.
The great expanse of beach is broken by the photogenic wooden groynes which were erected in the Victorian era to protect the village from stormy seas.
The original Norman castle was destroyed long ago, but a grand mansion was built on the same site in the 19th Century.
Short tunnels connect with Saundersfoot to the west or Wiseman’s Bridge in the other direction, or you can walk either way along the beach at low tide and see the fascinating petrified drowned tree stumps which are believed to be the remnants of a forest which was destroyed by a rise in sea level around seven thousand years ago.
Nearby are the Colby Woodland Gardens, owned by the National Trust. Whatever time of year you visit, the valley has a very special sheltered atmosphere and in early summer you can catch one of the best displays of rhododendrons and azaleas in Wales. There are lots of amusements for children including rope swings and dens.
Just outside the village to the west is the small hamlet and resort of Wisemans Bridge. The inn there serves food at reasonable prices. During World War Two the allies practised the D Day landings on the beach here. The village is named after the Wyseman family who once owned a great deal of land in the area. Many familiar small birds flit about in the woods: look for blue-tits, great-tits, chaffinches and wrens. You might be lucky enough to spot a green woodpecker – especially if you hear it first!
Walks around Amroth
There are lots of opportunities for good hikes including the Miners’ Walk, which takes you along a disused mineral railway which was used during the industrial revolution to transport coal from the mines inland at Kilgetty. You will enjoy the section of three atmospheric sea level tunnels hollowed out of the cliffs and lined with gated remains of old mine shafts.
You can also choose the Pleasant Valley walk, which goes through the woods to the ironworks at Kilgetty or any part of the new extension of the coastal path, which stretches as far towards the eastern edge of Wales as you want to go.
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