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St Dogmael's to Amroth

Further Info for - which way to walk?

Poppit to Amroth or Amroth to Poppit?

• Most of the guides, are written as if one is walking from St Dogmael's to Amroth. The stiles and gates have numbers on with number one being near Pen Cemaes. To walk this way gives a feeling of conformity.
• If swimming is important to you, the best beaches are in the last two-thirds of the walk.
• The sun moves around during the day and the path changes direction often. But when walking from Poppit the sun and usual south west-wind will be mostly on your face. Walking north to south may increase exposure from the sun during the summer and from the wind in Spring Autumn and Winter.
• Even during March and October the sun’s strength is magnified by the sea. On cool cloudy days you can still get burned on a two hour walk, therefore sun protection is important.
• When walking from north to south, the first day's walk from St Dogmaels to Newport is around 16 miles and covers about 3,000 feet of ascent and descent.
• There are no refreshments or services close to the Trail between the (seasonal-only) services of Poppit and Newport Sands. This is the most challenging section of the Coast Path and not a walk for the unfit. Novice walkers would be well advised to book accommodation in advance at Moylegrove and split this walk into two 8-mile stretches.
• If walking from Amroth to Poppit, the first day provides many opportunities for refreshment and accommodation. The 16 mile stretch from Amroth to Skrinkle is quite a challenging day in itself. There are many steep hills. But there is a pub at least every 4 miles, and many cafes. The town of Tenby has many choices for an early overnight if body or equipment are suffering.
• Walking from north to south means that you have to cover at least 8 road miles around the Castlemartin Rang, or use the Castlemartin Range Trail, a permissive path maintained by The Army. The roads are fairly quiet with good views; the Castlemartin Range trail has great views across the battle range, and there may be herds of large cattle, but the Castlemartin coast is a treat to be included if possible.
• You can only cross Range West as part of a walk guided by trained leaders. Both the National Park Authority and Ramblers Association lead these walks. Walks are on a Bank Holiday or Sunday, but not every weekend. These walks usually go from east to west which fits well with walking the Coast Path from south to north.
• To ensure that you cross the range, phone the National Park Authority (08453457275). Book a place on the walk, then plan backwards to time your first day to suit.