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Wisemans Bridge beach is made up of large rocks, sand and shingle, with a large stream emerging on the south side. The road runs along the seafront with plenty of free roadside parking overlooking the shore, there is also more parking available as you drive towards the Wisemans Bridge Inn, on your left you will find a turning that reveals more parking. Access to the beach is a short walk down a steep slipway, or across the pebbles.

Wisemans Bridge Beach north, the shore is initially rocky, becoming sandier on the approach to Amroth. From the south, the shore is a mixture of rocks, sand, and rock pools, with a spring running onto the beach just before Coppet Hall point. Dogs are allowed at all times.

Facilities include toilets which are situated near the bridge. There is also a small shop in the nearby caravan site. The Wisemans Bridge Inn has plenty of outdoor seating with views looking over Saundersfoot Bay.

The route of a former colliery tramway which ran from Saundersfoot harbour to Stepaside is now a foot and cycle path for most of its length. It can be followed along the base of the cliffs and through two tunnels to Coppet Hall beach, from where a cliff path offers an alternative return route.

This area has a history of coal and iron mining, and a pleasant walk is to follow the lane by the stream until just before its junction with the Sardis road, where a public footpath to the right leads down to the former Grove Colliery. There is an old shaft that is covered by a slab of concrete, which has a small hole in the centre, where stones can be dropped, which you can hear splashing into the water below. From here, you can continue down to the valley bottom to meet the old tramway path, returning to Wisemans Bridge. Or you can walk further on and visit the old ironworks. at Stepaside.

A little bit about Stepaside Ironworks and Colliery

The Pembrokeshire Coal and Ironworks Company opened the ironworks in 1849.

The ore was obtained largely from levels driven in the cliffs between Saundersfoot and Amroth and transported by the branch line of the Saundersfoot Railway, which also carried pig iron to Saundersfoot for export.

In its final stage, the Iron Works consisted of 2 blast furnaces, blowing engines, coke ovens, workshops, and lime kilns. The Works were only moderately successful: no pig iron was produced after 1874 and work ceased in 1877.

The workshops were retained for service to local collieries until 1930

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Location

SA69 9AU, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

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