Place Category: Feature
Enjoy the seaside, a coastal walk, or dig deep into the industrial heritage of the South Pembrokeshire coast.
Away from Tenby, Saundersfoot and Wisemans Bridge occupy the last sweep of Pembrokeshire coastline before you hit Carmarthenshire. Saundersfoot’s harbour was constructed in the early 19th century to export anthracite coal, and by 1839 there were 5 jetties handling coal, iron ore, pig iron and firebricks. As the industry died away, Saundersfoot took advantage of the railway station to encourage tourists to the area. Heading east, the coast was used as part of the D Day preparations. Amroth, once important for anthracite mining, still bears some signs of its industrial past. There are also indicators of a much earlier past, including Neolithic remains. However, the focus of all these places is now very much tourism.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is on the doorstep here, and many visitors simply want to pull on their boots and get walking. The beaches of the South Pembrokeshire coast are fabulous. Saundersfoot Beach is blue flag rated, and head down the coast path to Coppet Hall. Wander round the harbour or take a boat trip – enjoy some fishing, or relax on a coastal cruise. Do more relaxing at St Bride’s Spa – enjoy some pampering in luxurious surroundings. There’s family fun at Folly Farm, home of ‘the Pride of Pembrokeshire’. If you like your excitement a little more adrenaline fuelled, there’s Battlefield Live laser combat, open all year and in all weathers. Colby Woodland Garden is nearby too, perfect for heritage hunting and natural play. The beach at Wiseman’s Bridge is rocky, but don’t be put off visiting – there’s great cycling here in Pleasant Valley following an old railway line to Stepaside Ironworks and Colliery and an insight into the area’s industrial past. Amroth offers another award winning beach (although watch the tides), plus a ruined castle and the remains of a petrified forest, which is uncovered at low tide. For the brave, join in the Saundersfoot New Year’s Day swim.
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND DRINK
This part of the Pembrokeshire coast offers a range of accommodation. St Bride’s Spa Hotel is a favourite or check out the Gower Hotel within the village of Saundersfoot. The Wiseman’s Bridge Inn and Amroth Castle both offer a variety of accommodation. Mellieha offers B&B in airy spacious rooms in Amroth, and back in Saundersfoot, try Nythfa Guesthouse. You’ll find the highly acclaimed Coast restaurant at Coppet Hall Beach, and a variety of great eating places from the Beachside Barbecue and the Mulberry Restaurant in Saundersfoot and the Temple Bar Inn at Amroth. Pub lovers have a wide selection to choose from .
NEED TO KNOW
Public Transport: Regular buses between Tenby and Amroth. ‘Saundersfoot’ station is a mile out of the village with no marked footpath, or onward transport.
Parking: The Harbour car park at Saundersfoot, pay and display at Coppet Hall Beach, free parking at Temple Bar Amroth.
Dogs: Restrictions apply May to September on some parts of Saundersfoot and Amroth. Coppet Hall operates a ‘voluntary’ dog ban during this period.
Saundersfoot Boat Trips http://www.saundersfootboattrips.co.uk/ 01834 811027
Folly Farm https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/ 01834 812731
Battlefield Live http://www.battlefieldlivepembrokeshire.co.uk/ 07777 671301
Colby Woodland Garden https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/colby-woodland-garden
Saundersfoot New Years’ Day Swim http://www.saundersfootnyds.co.uk/
St Brides Spa http://www.stbridesspahotel.com/ 01834 812304
The Gower Hotel http://www.gower-hotel.com/ 01834 813452
Wiseman’s Bridge Inn http://www.wisemansbridgeinn.co.uk/ 01834 813236
Amroth Castle http://www.amrothcastle.com/ 01834 813217
Mellieha http://www.mellieha.co.uk/ 01834 811581
Nythfa Guesthouse http://www.nythfa-guesthouse.co.uk/ 01834 813906
Coast Restaurant http://coastsaundersfoot.co.uk/ 01834 810800
Beachside Barbecue http://www.stbridesspahotel.com/dine/beachside-barbecue 01834 811873
Mulberry Restaurant http://www.mulberry-restaurant.co.uk/ 01834 811313
Temple Bar Inn http://www.templebaramroth.co.uk/ 01834 812486
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