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How to Walk from Saundersfoot to Tenby Beach, and Tenby to Saundersfoot!

by TheWanderingQuinn

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Pembrokeshire’s Coastline is 186 miles/299km long and it is estimated that it would take between 10-15 days to walk! Luckily you don’t have to walk for 2 weeks in Wales to see the best of Pembrokeshire’s coastline, you can just walk from Saundersfoot to Tenby and back to see beautiful ocean views, two lovely beach towns and break a sweat!

Here’s how I did the Saundersfoot to Tenby and Tenby to Saundersfoot walk, one of the best Pembrokeshire Coastal Walks, so you can too!

Tenby to Saundersfoot

Although you can walk from Tenby Beach to Saundersfoot beach, I would personally suggest walking from Saundersfoot to Tenby as I feel like Tenby is the better town and beach out of the two and more interesting so it’s more fun to walk towards it!

Saundersfoot to Tenby
Keep reading for all the details on the Saundersfoot to Tenby Walk!

Car Parking in  Saundersfoot

There are 2 main car parks for Saundersfoot, the main one in the harbour and another one the other side of the beach by the Coast Restaurant.

I just happened to come across the Coast Carpark first so pulled in and I’m glad I did as it enabled me to walk right along the beach to the town and I didn’t have the stress of driving through the small roads of the town. The postcode for this Saundersfoot car park is SA69 9AJ and the parking cost at Saundersfoot was £4.00 for the whole day which I’m glad about I did as I didn’t return until 5 hours later!

From the Coast Beach Restaurant, I was able to walk right along the big and beautiful beach of Saundersfoot and breathe in the fresh sea air. I then headed into the town to have a look around and was greeted by the British sea-side smell of doughnuts and chips! I checked out the harbour and then I started my Coastal Walk to Tenby from Saundersfoot.

Saundersfoot to Tenby Walk
Saundersfoot Beach in the morning with the tide out.

Related Post: 13 Things To Do in Saundersfoot & Things To Do Near Saundersfoot.

Coastal Walk to Tenby from Saundersfoot

The walk from Saundersfoot to Tenby is marked as 3 miles on google and is said to take just over 1 hour however I would say that it took me about 1.5 hours and I walk pretty fast (although I did stop a lot to take photos!).

The walk starts by taking the main road that goes through the town around the back of the beach and down a side street before you then reach a woodland track.

It is a pretty tough walk to Tenby with a lot of steep inclines and declines and the majority of the walk is through woodland rather than a path right next to the ocean as I had expected. It is a great walk though and must be one of the best coastal walks in Pembrokeshire and it does give you plenty of glimpses of the ocean!

Saundersfoot to Tenby, Saundersfoot Harbour
View of Saundersfoot Harbour as I started the walk.
Saundersfoot to Tenby
One of the lovely meadows I walked through from Saundersfoot to Tenby!

About halfway through after walking through a large field I started to see the colourful town of Tenby in the distance and this made all the sweating worth it as it was an impressive sight seen as I had never been to Tenby before!

Every time I saw the view between the trees I couldn’t stop taking photos, the church spire, the beach and colourful buildings looked so picturesque!

After I did this walk I drove to see 3 more Pembrokeshire beaches – Barafundle Bay, Freshwater East and Freshwater West meaning I saw 5 of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire in one day! Read this post to see how I saw all 5 beaches in Pembrokeshire!

Saundersfoot to Tenby
Colourful Tenby Town in the distance at the middle of the Saundersfoot to Tenby walk!

Seeing the view of Tenby made me realise I wasn’t that close, and I realised this even more after walking for about an hour because the footpath does not go along the edge of the coast, it goes inland which adds on extra time and steps.

Finally, I reached a road which led me into Tenby Town. I was in love with the buildings even more as I came up close and I realised just how big the beach was too. There were plenty of people out on the sand and in the sea as I went on a lovely Summers day!

Tenby Beach

Tenby is a very popular Welsh seaside town, even more so than Saundersfoot as it is a bit bigger and more well known for its colourful buildings which is why I wanted to walk to it rather than start my walk here.

Things to do in Tenby

Tenby is home Tenby harbour, Tenby Castle and 2 beaches either side – North Beach Tenby and Castle Beach Tenby.

Fish and Chip shops are everywhere, as are shops where you can get the good old bucket and spade.

Boat trips in Tenby are offered to find nearby wildlife if you are looking for Tenby things to do and there is a good-sized high street packed full of pubs and cafes with tables spilling out onto the streets and generally it is a very pretty, quaint and happy place to be.

There is a main car park in Tenby so if you feel like you don’t want to walk from Saundersfoot to Tenby along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path but you want to see both towns, you can also drive easily between them and park in both places, even on a busy summers day!

If you want to drive to Tenby and walk to Saundersfoot the Tenby Beach Postcode you can use is SA70 8AA for North Tenby Beach to get you to the town.

Saundersfoot to Tenby
The houses in Tenby really are colourful.
Saundersfoot to Tenby
Tenby Harbour
Saundersfoot to Tenby
Signs for Boat Trips in Tenby

Tenby to Saundersfoot

Of course, because I had left my car a 3+ mile walk away in Saundersfoot, I had to go back and get it.

I was quite tired from the walk I admit so I briefly look for a bus stop to get the bus from Tenby to Saundersfoot but the town was very busy because of the lovely weather so I couldn’t find the Tenby Bus Stop to Saundersfoot and I had enjoyed the walk over so decided to just walk back and a soft scoop ice cream quickly got me back on track!

All in all, I spent about 5 hours walking from Saundersfoot to Tenby and back along with spending some time in each town, so make sure you do give yourself enough time.

If you are a family doing this walk both ways I’d say you would need more time as I do walk very fast and I didn’t leisurely relax in either town for long.

The best thing would be to do the walk one way and get the bus or a taxi back to Saundersfoot after if you are tired or tight on time!

After I did this walk I drove to see 3 more Pembrokeshire beaches – Barafundle Bay, Freshwater East and Freshwater West meaning I saw 5 of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire in one day!  Read this post to see how I saw all 5 beaches in Pembrokeshire!


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Jan (@chimptrips) May 25, 2020 - 2:56 pm

It has become a family tradition to do this walk when we are on holiday in Saundersfoot. They kids love running down the big hill. We do always cheat and get the bus back though!

TheWanderingQuinn May 30, 2020 - 3:01 am

Hello, Ah that’s lovely to hear! I think I’d take the bus back next time! 🙂


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