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Pendine to Amroth Coast Path

Carmarthenshire Walk

County/Area - Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.7 miles / 9.3 km    Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres

Time - 4 hours 20 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Pendine to Amroth Coast Path
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This scenic linear walk from Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire to Amroth in Pembrokeshire follows the Wales Coast Path which follows an undulating and often steep route along the coast. The best option is to park in Amroth and take the bus to Pendine. The service operates Monday to Saturday with two services convenient to complete the walk.

The start is the main pay and display car park at Amroth (grid ref. SN163071) which is located a short way up the lane by the side of the Amroth Arms. After parking locate the relevant bus stop on Amroth seafront. The journey takes about 15 minutes and you get a flavour of the terrain to be crossed during the walk. Alight from the bus in Pendine opposite the car park (grid ref. SN236081).

To start the walk, continue through the car park passing near the Museum of Speed to reach the sea. Note that Pendine Sands are controlled by the MOD and used as a firing range. Public access is limited with the beach usually open at weekends. Turn right and follow the Wales Coast path with the sea on your left. Continue along the sea wall passing a row of cafes and gift shops on your right. The stepped path then climbs to Dolwen Point where you can enjoy a superb view along Pendine Sands to the Gower Peninsula. The cliff top path then descends to Morfa Bychan, a secluded cove owned by the National Trust. This beach was used for preparation for the Normandy landings in WW2.

Go straight across a track (grid ref. SN226076) and climb the path (steepest and longest ascent of the walk) to reach the highest point of the walk at just under 400 feet above the sea. From here you can see west to Tenby and Caldey Island. As you descend you can enjoy the view along Marros Sands. The path is generally waymarked and easy to follow. After crossing an access drive to Underhill (grid ref. SN205079) the path crosses the steep hillside below Marros Beacon above on your right. The onward path climbs again beneath Top Castle, an Iron Age fort before descending into a wooded valley.

Cross the footbridge (grid ref. SN192076) and with the path climbing again you soon have a superb view along Amroth Sands, as you descend you cross the border into Pembrokeshire. A short ascend followed by a descent leads you to a road. Turn left and pass the plaque showing the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (part of the Wales Coast Path). The coast path follows the road back into Amroth. If the tide is low, you can cross the beach rather than follow the roadside pavement.

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