Magical woods and beach of Abermawr walk

Walking trail

A circular walk through bluebell woods and meadows, shingle beach and marsh. Abermawr offers a gentle interlude on one of the most rugged sections of the coastline. Brunel wanted to create a port and cable terminus here, but his plans never left the drawing board.

Looking north over the shingle back at Abermawr


Magical woods and beach of Abermawr walk


Abermawr beach turning circle, grid ref: SM 884347


Take the left hand exit from the turning circle, signposted 'Abercastell 3 miles'. Go down the path towards the beach.

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At the start of the shingle beach turn left inland, through a kissing gate into a field alongside the marsh. The marsh gives way to woodland with an overgrown wall to your right.


Continue walking round the end of the field until you come to another kissing gate and a path into the wood.


Walk along the woodland path until you reach a gate into a field.

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Carry on, heading for the five-barred gate ahead of you. Go through this gate and over the stream, then turn sharp right and head back towards the beach.


At the next gateway, go through the kissing gate into the field (the bridleway continues along the woodland edge to your right without going through the gate). Cross the field to the gate you can see on the far side. Here the footpath and bridleway join up again.


About 20yds (20m) past this gate go up the steps to your left. Bear right and follow the woodland path towards the beach. You'll see the marsh coming into view on your right.


The path brings you out onto the shingle beach, with superb coastal views towards the rocky headland of Penbwchdy. The sea here is gradually pushing the shingle beach back into the marsh. Enjoy a picnic here before walking back along the beach to the road.

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Abermawr beach turning circle - grid ref SM 884347

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Magical woods and beach of Abermawr walk


Shingle beach (large shingle), woodland and meadow paths: can be muddy. Three kissing gates, three field gates. Wellies/boots advisable. Dogs on leads welcome.

Magical woods and beach of Abermawr walk

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Magical woods and beach of Abermawr walk

How to get here

Abermawr, Pembrokeshire
By road

A487 St Davids to Fishgaurd road; 1 mile (1.6km) NE of Mathry take the turning to Tregwyn Woollen Mill and Abermawr. Bear right at Tregwynt Mansion, following signs to Abermawr. Turn in the turning circle at the end of the lane and park on the verge.

By bus

 Fishguard - St David's route; get off at Tregwynt Woollen Mill. Walk begins in 0.5miles (0.8km). See Traveline-Cymru for further details.

By bicycle

NCN Route 4 goes nearby. See Sustrans for details.

Magical woods and beach of Abermawr walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs on leads are welcome