Amroth with its long glorious beach, is the perfect family retreat. It is a small seaside village tucked away on the southern tip of Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales and serves as the starting point, or end point, of Pembrokeshire's Coastal Path. Conveniently located just 8 miles from the seaside resort of Tenby, Amroth has plenty to offer both within the village and surrounding area.
Amroth is a Welsh name, meaning 'On the brook called Rhath.' Most of the local shops are situated opposite the beach, and there are also a number of restaurants, cafes and public houses nearby. The Amroth Arms are conveniently located on the seafront promenade, and the New Inn behind the beach is a 16th century public house which is highly recommended for its good beer and delicious homemade foods. There is also a village shop, a café and beachside souvenir shops.
Amroth beach can rightly claim to be the main attraction to this village in South Wales. The south-facing beach with a Blue Flag Award (2007) with excellent water quality stretches across the entire village front and provides glorious views of the coastline. The beach is mostly sandy with a pebble bank, which makes it a hugely popular beach for families and couples alike.
Interestingly, at low tide tree stumps can be seen through the sand, the remains of a petrified forest which would have grown here during the Ice Age. Archaeologists and history experts believe that the forest was destroyed when the sea levels rose around 7000 years ago. The sight of the tree stumps provides fascinating history not only of Amroth but also of the southern part of Pembrokeshire's coast.
This is an ideal beach to visit during the summer months, both with its soft sand and glistening blue water. Along the beach the now unfashionable wooden groynes , preferred by the Victorians, still protect the village from stormy seas. As a family beach, there is a dog ban in place between 1st May to 30th September. However, the ban does not apply to the eastern end of the beach beyond Amroth Castle Caravan Park and dogs are welcome to roam the sands here.
The beach is popular for swimming, windsurfing, fishing, ..and those noisy jet skis. There are toilets (convenient if you have just completed the Pembrokeshire Coast Path).
Colby Woods and Gardens sit a short walk from the beach and are beautiful, peaceful and relaxing areas away from the hustle and bustle of the beach. It is well worth visiting the gardens with their numerous flowers and gazebos, and there are open air theatres and family events throughout the summer.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
For those who enjoy walking Amroth has much to offer. There are many walks criss-crossing the landscape in this beautiful area of Pembrokeshire, including the Knights Way, the Miner's Walk, Pleasant Valley, and of course the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. And if that is not enough walking for you then the all new “Wales Coastal Path”, that also cuts through Amroth and is soon (2012) to be inaugurated, must surely satisfy your need to exercise Shanks's Pony.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path starts, (or finishes) close to the village along the trail known as the 'greenway' and after a short distance drops down into Wiseman's Bridge. When the water is at low tide, there is the option to walk along the beach to Wiseman's Bridge. To extend your walks it is possible to take the coastal path all the way to Saundersfoot, Tenby and beyond.
Like many Welsh towns and villages in Pembrokeshire, Amroth once used to be home to a Norman castle. The castle ruins have long since gone, although a mock castle was built in the 18th/19th Century.
Amroth was a prime coal and anthracite mining area, employing many men in its pits. Some parts of the tramway and the mines can still be seen, although they are no longer in use.
Accommodation and Services
Amroth and district offers several caravan and camping sites. Amroth Castle Caravan Park sits upon the location of the original Norman castle towards the eastern end of the beach. There are also several self-catering and holiday cottages amongst the lovely countryside in the surrounding area, and there is a wide range of quality serviced accommodation and hotels available nearby.
The beach is easily accessible via a concrete slipway.
There are two car parks, one within the village and another at the west end of the beach. The beach also caters for the disabled with specific parking along the sea-front.