Much more than just a beach break

4 days in Saundersfoot

A perfect base to explore south Pembrokeshire, Saundersfoot has lots of secrets for any eager adventurer to discover.

Perfect for families seeking some adrenalin, or for couples looking to grab a few peaceful days!

Day one

To ease you into your break, why not get the lay of the land and head to the harbour complete with working fishing boats. The main beach unfurls towards Coppet Hall and if the tide is right you can walk along the sand to Wiseman’s Bridge and on to Amroth, the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

On the other side of the harbour, there’s a ramp down to Glen beach which at low tide takes you all the way to Monkstone Point. This stretch of beach is popular with dog walkers and cockle pickers but be aware of the tide, it can easily cut you off!

There are bluebell woods to walk through at the Hean Castle Estate, or if you’re arriving later in the year, pop over to Colby Woodland Gardens for walks among established rhododendrons, azaleas and specimen trees. The onsite restaurant is well worth a visit, especially for a cream tea!


Day two

Start the day with a boat trip: it’s an opportunity to see Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastline from a different angle. Leaving from the harbour you can either take a wildlife trip to see the seal colony off Caldey Island or try your hand at fishing – mackerel fishing trips are perfect for novices and families of all ages and you never know, you could bring back dinner!

For landlubbers why not head out on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with a picnic and marvel at our stunning coastline? The path is easy to find and follow if you want a short walk. Or if you are up to something slightly more challenging, grab a map before you begin so you can plan your own adventure. Keep an eye out for porpoise and seals!

Monkstone Point, south of Saundersfoot on the Coast Path

Day three

Time for some R&R! Try the open-air infinity pool at St. Brides Spa Hotel, which looks out over Saundersfoot Bay, which feels as if you are part of the landscape itself. If you need a massage after yesterday’s strenuous activities, there are lots of treatments on offer.

Or if you want to add some fun to your water activities try paddleboarding from Good Trails right on Coppet Hall beach or if the weather is gloomy head over to the Blue Lagoon at Bluestone National Park Resort for a splashing good time!

©Good Trails
Sunset paddle from Coppet Hall beach

Day Four

Time to make like a local, grab an ice-cream and head to the beach- whatever the weather! The rock pools between Saundersfoot beach itself and neighbouring Coppet Hall are always good to have a sneak peek at, just watch out for the incoming tide and the local fishing boats!

In the afternoon how about exploring on two wheels? Follow the Dramway Trail, the disused Saundersfoot railway line that was built in 1835 to link the ironworks and coal mines to the harbour. The 4 miles (6.5km) route, graded as easy, is traffic-free perfect for novice and young riders and highlights include the superb sea views, the tunnels, and industrial relics including the ironworks at Stepaside.

The Dramway cycle route overlooking Coppet Hall beach

After that action-packed break, it sounds like you’ll need..erm.. a holiday to recover!

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