Amroth - Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Southern Section.
The Starting location for the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, this is a quiet and very laid back village stretched out along a broad stretch of sand and pebble bank beach.
Clinging to this sheltered coastline, it’s a pretty enough place to start your walk with a fine ocean outlook and leafy wooded slopes at either end of sands which hold the International Blue Flag award for clean water and safe swimming.
Fisherman and the occasional windsurfers head out between the long wooden Groynes that stretch out into the waves, testimony to the on-going battle the village undertakes against the coastal erosion here.
On low tides you can see evidence of a prehistoric, submerged forest lost to the waters when the sea levels rose around 7000 years ago. Fossilised antlers, bones and flints have been discovered here in amongst the petrified peat and tree stumps.
The last century saw the main development of Amroth as a satellite mining village though you can still see the signs at one end of the village of the Motte and Bailey Castle that dates back as far as the 11th Century.
If arriving early the day before starting your walk, a mile inland you will find the fine National Trust gardens at Colby Woodland in a secluded and peaceful valley with acres of bluebells, camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas set around a walled garden and wildflower meadow. There is a pleasant short walk in to it from Amroth and its well worth a visit - the customary National Trust Tea room will refresh those who have walked out here.
For the Pembrokeshire Coast Path Walker the village provides an adequate overnight stop with a couple of choices of eating places and several B&B’s along with the handy 16th Century village pub The New Inn which sits right on the seafront at the start of the Coast Path and provides evening meals with roaring fires in the colder months or the beer garden in summer.
Those wanting a location with more options for food and accommodation can choose to spend the night before walking at nearby Tenby which is linked to Amroth by regular buses and if you are arriving by train two nights at Tenby works well as there is no train station at Amroth. You can then just catch the walker’s bus out to Amroth after breakfast to walk back on your first day on The Pembrokeshire Coast Path route to Tenby.