GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Abermawr Beach and Woods

2 miles (2.5 km)

This short walk takes you along Abermawr Beach and through Abermawr Woods on the Pembrokeshire Coast.
You'll pass along the pretty shingle beach and enjoy peaceful woodland trails in the adjacent wood. It's a lovely spot with great coastal views and bluebells in the wood in the spring. Parking is available at the turning circle near the beach from which this walk starts.

Abermawr Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Abermawr Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and you could visit the beautiful Strumble Head. The town of Fishguard is also not far along the coast.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Pembrokeshire Coast Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Abermawr Woods - - 984348

Access to Abermawr Woods (National Trust) and Abermawr Beach (Not National Trust),a road used as a public path from Dyffryn-dwarch.

Abermawr beach - - 1276387

Abermawr beach. The pebble bank and exposed sand can be seen at low tide.The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park path continues from the gate by the turning circle.Walkers have to cross the pebble bank that runs across the back of the beach to rejoin the path close to a disused quarry.

Cable hut, Abermawr - - 685341

Cable hut. This tiny building, now a holiday let, played a significant role in history as the place where the first underwater cable link between Ireland and Great Britain came ashore in 1862, and a second one in 1880. Equipment here received the messages and operators relayed them to London. During WW1 the terminal was deemed important enough to warrant an armed guard to be stationed here.

Ruin above Abermawr - - 685866

Ruin above Abermawr. Although this would be a wonderful position for a house, commanding the whole of Abermawr Bay, there is no evidence that this ruin was ever a dwelling, despite the fine masonry employed in its construction. There are a series of joined stone sheds without windows, and an enclosed yard with rounded wall ends. According to information gratefully received from local historian Roy Lewis: this ruin was in fact the stable block for Tregwynt mansion. On the hill below can be seen the remains of Llewellyn's well, still flowing strongly.Just below there was the crossing point for Brunel's rail track,accidently found by a local farmer when recovering some cattle that had strayed into the bog!When Brunel was active the small stream had access to the sea. The bog was created during the great gale of 1859 when the pebble bank arrived blocking the stream's entry point.

The path to Abermawr - - 1441765

The path to Abermawr. The kissing gate leads the path across the field and on through Coed Pen-yr-allt to the beach. Had Isambard Kingdom Brunel's initial plan come to fruition this peaceful valley would have become a transport hub filled with railway lines and dockyards.

Thatched cottage near Abermawr - - 943747

Thatched cottage near Abermawr. Traditional single-storey restored cottages near Felin Dwarch. It is unusual to see thatch in Pembrokeshire these days although it was once common. However it was a poor choice for roofing material since it did not stand up well to wind and rain but would most likely have been the only option for the very poor.

Ragwort and woods near Abermawr - - 1441780

Ragwort and woods near the site. A fine stand of this much-maligned plant. Ragwort (Senecio jacobae) has received an enormous amount of condemnation from the horseloving community on account of its toxicity; in fact much of the negative publicity is based on myth and misinformation and its destruction usually does more harm than good. Ragwort is a foodplant for around 30 insect species and others are attracted by its nectar. This particular clump was host to Painted Lady and Small Copper butterflies, honey and other bees, hoverflies and many more.

Abermawr, it could have been so different... - - 685332

It could have been so different... Abermawr is a beautiful, peaceful bay providing inspiration for artists, tranquillity for thinkers, waves for surfers and healthy fun for children and dogs -- but in the mid-C19 it was surveyed by the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel as the possible location for a major railway terminus and transatlantic harbour. In the event, Neyland on the south coast of Pembrokeshire, was selected instead and Abermawr was allowed to remain in the seclusion it enjoys today.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Abermawr Woods.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)