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The coastal path between Tenby and Amroth has fantastic views over some of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park's best beaches and makes for a great walk.

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Difficulty: Medium

Length: 11.9km / 7.4 miles

Duration: 3-4 hours

We're starting this walking route in Tenby, on the southern side of Pembrokesire Coast National Park, and ending this route in Amroth, where the coast path begins. This is a stunning part of the Wales Coast Path that traverses a UK national park lined with not one, not two, but six Blue Flag beaches.

You might like to spend your morning in Tenby before setting off on the walk to Amroth. While here explore its friendly streets, try out one of the many water-sports on offer, or simply head on down to the beach.

Tenby is surrounded by three beaches that all great for swimming, Tenby North Beach, Castle Beach, and Tenby South Beach - all three have been awarded a Blue Flag. You can discover the history of Tenby at the ruins of Tenby Castle which proudly overlooks the sand below.

Opposite Caste Beach is Saint Catherine's Island which is connected to the mainland at low tide, but believed by some to be haunted.

Halfway along our walk is Saundersfoot. The village makes the perfect spot to grab some lunch, if the weather doesn't allow for a picnic on the beach. Like Saundersfoot, Amroth is also a wonderful location for enjoying your lunch, thanks to its long sandy beach.

But before you reach Saundersfoot and Amroth, you have almost eight miles of Wales' stunning coastline to cross.

Preparing to discover this part of the Wales Coast Path

This part of the national trail can be steep in places, but isn't too challenging. Sections of the route are under the cover of trees, while at other moments you will be exposed to the elements so remember to pack your water and sun-cream in the summer, and some warm, waterproof clothing in the winter.

The route's narrow, rocky paths can become slippery when wet so take care during the wetter seasons - which admittedly is most of the year in Wales. Sensible footwear is a must to ensure that you make it to Amroth.

Part 1 - Tenby Castle to Monkstone Beach

4.7km / 2.9 miles

1-1.5 hours

Kicking off this route along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, we start at Tenby Castle with views over the local beaches and colourful houses that line the sea front. Crossing to the other side of the harbour, you'll need to follow the road that runs parallel to Tenby North Beach until you reach Meadow Farm Campsite.

We hope you brought some decent footwear as we now leave the tarmac behind us and head off road along the coast path. Follow the signposts for half a mile uphill to the end of this loose dirt track through the woods to Waterwynch Lane.

Here, turn right and in a few metres you should find the Pembrokeshire Coast Path on your left. Continue to follow the coast path's signposts, and make the most of the shade as soon you will be on more exposed tracks.

The coast path will start to bring you closer to the sea, and give you the spectacular views that you have probably come to expect of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With the cliffs and sea on your right, you can easily navigate your way to Monkstone Beach.

Part 2 - Monkstone Beach to Wisemans Bridge

4.2km / 2.6 miles

1 hour

After saying goodbye to Monkstone Beach's fantastic rock formations that make a visit to this beach so memorable, re-join the coast path. Walking with the cliffs still on your right, try a spot of wildlife watching as you soak up this national park's offerings.

As you walk towards Saundersfoot the trail can become steep in places, so take care. Once you reach the outskirts of Saundersfoot, walk down the hill to the harbour and beach. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy some fish and chips while watching the fishing boats bob up and down next to the sandy beach that decorates this Welsh village.

Saundersfoot Beach is the fourth Blue Flag Beach that you get to enjoy on this walk and is perfect for beach games, swimming and taking a break from hiking.

Continuing with the route, you need to walk the entire length of Saundersfoot Beach to once again find the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The next beach you will reach is Coppet Hall Beach, also awarded a Blue Flag.

By following the signposted footpath alongside the cliffs, you can make your way to Wisemans Bridge. And you've guessed it, there is another sandy beach here too (although this one is a bit rockier).

Part 3 - Wisemans Bridge to Amroth

3km / 1.9 miles

0.5-1 hour

When you are ready to leave Wisemans Bridge, locate the white-painted inn at the end of the beach and follow coast path signs along the road. This is the start of the long incline that will take you almost all of the way to Amroth, and while it may seem to be never-ending, just remember that it is the final challenge of the route.

Take care when walking this section as the road can be narrow in places with no footpath or room to move out of the way of vehicles.

Once you reach a small group of campsites and holiday parks, take a right onto Cliff Road and continue to follow coast path signs. After about 15minutes of walking you should see the road bend round to the left ahead of you, turn right here and walk down the final hill of this route into Amroth.

You will be greeted by Amroth Beach - another Blue Flag winner with a view across Saundersfoot Bay - and the first collection of buildings that make up Amroth. You could end your adventure here, but if you would like to finish at the end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, then carry on walking until you reach the other end of Amroth Beach.

At the end of your long day hiking this beautiful section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, regular buses can take you back to where you started in Tenby.

Want more? Take a look at our pick of the the five best walking routes in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park