Stepaside Ironworks Circular Walk
South Pembrokeshire once had a thriving coal and iron industry of which little evidence remains today but Stepaside Ironworks and the nearby Grove Colliery have been superbly restored to afford the visitor a glimpse into this rich heritage. This short walk takes you around these two sites as well as offering splendid views of the local landscape.
It also links with two other web walks. From Stepaside Ironworks you can walk down the new Pembrokeshire Trail to the coast at Wiseman's Bridge and along, via a disused railway line, to the port of Saundersfoot, from where the coal and iron was exported. Additonally, this walk links, via beautiful country lanes, with the Miners Walk (long and short versions) which begin in the nearby village of Kilgetty. Several sections of these walks utilise the multi-user path and are therefore suitable for all ages and abilities - there are plenty of pick and mix options that do not involve full hiking gear!
How to get there
Walking: The walk begins and ends at the Stepaside Ironworks free car park.
Bus: 350 Tenby-Amroth-Tenby (Summer Sundays only) and 351 Tenby-Pendine. www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/bustimetables - There is also a Bus map for Pembrokeshire showing all available routes.
Train: Nearest station is at Kilgetty. National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950 www.nationalrail.co.uk
Road Map: www.multimap.com Search for "Stepaside, Pembrokeshire".
Parking: There is a free car park at Stepaside Ironworks , where the walk begins and ends.
Toilets: There are public toilets in Kilgetty.
Refreshments: Kilgetty village has a number of shops, cafés and a public house.
Start / Finish: Stepaside Ironworks free car park.
Distance: 1.1 miles (1.9 kilometres), 1 hour
Terrain: This is a short walk over tarmac, multi-user path, gravel and grassy paths - the latter are quite steep.
Car Park: 1
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ID: 37 Revised: 11/7/2012