Tri 3

The Pendine Path

This route focuses around Pendine - famed for its land-speed record attempts on the beach. After a swim, paddle board or kayak, you’ll cycle through the south-west’s many quaint villages before ending with a breathtaking walk along the headland on the Wales Coastal Path; where you’ll discover the beautiful hidden cove of Morfa Bychan. Suitable for and adaptable to all fitness abilities. To follow the route, please follow the Google Map routes and detailed descriptions below (routes are not signposted).

SWIM / PADDLE BOARD / KAYAK - Pendine Beach (1km)

One of the longest beaches in Wales, Pendine Beach is around 8 miles long and has long been used for land-speed record attempts due to its flat nature. Enjoy the spectacular beach scenery with a 1km swim challenge. From the slipway in Pendine, near the village square, walk onto the beach and enter the sea. From here, you’ll swim to the left (as you look out to sea); swimming up the beach in an easterly direction for 500m towards the MOD lookout point. Turn around at the MOD lookout point and swim back in a westerly direction towards the village. Exit the water near the slipway, and head back in to the village for a well-deserved drink! There are restrooms situated next to the car park which are large enough to use as a changing room. This route is fantastic for those keen to try their hand at paddle boarding or kayaking, too. We recommend doing this with a professional watersports company.

CYCLE - Pendine to St Clears (45km)

This fantastic circular route takes you through some of southern Carmarthenshire’s most glorious countryside, ideal for those in search of an epic cycle challenge that takes in some of the county’s best coastal towns and villages. Starting at Pendine, famous for its land speed attempts and fantastic beach you’ll head to Laugharne on the A4066 (7km), home of Dylan Thomas, where you can stop for tea at the poet’s famed Boathouse to drink in spectacular views over the Taf estuary. From here, take the A4066 to St Clears (7km) - where Phillip Hughes the Butcher makes the best pies in the county! Stay on the A4066 through St Clears, straight through the cross roads, then turn right at the fork in the road towards Llangynin (4.5km) then on to Llanboidy (5km) along the Llanboidy road. After Llanboidy village turn left at the junction and continue straight ahead until the road forks, where you'll bear left and follow the road to Whitland, where a walk around the Abbey and visit to Hywel Dda Gardens is a must. Leave Whitland on the B4328, travelling south towards Tavernspite (4.5km), at Tavernspite turn left onto the B4314 to Red Roses (2.5km), stay on this road to return to Pendine (7km) to complete your cycle.

RUN / WALK - Pendine to Amroth (10km)

From the beachfront in Pendine, climb to the top of Dolwen Point up the steps and continue over the headland and down the hill to Morfa Bychan. This secluded cove is dominated by a large obstacle used for practicing the D-Day landings and when the tide is out you’ll see tree stumps poking through the sand; the remains of a forest, drowned at the end of the Ice Age. Continue up the hill and onto the coastal path, following it along the clifftops and down to the beach at Marros Sands. Walk along the beach then turn right at the ruined Marros Mill and continue uphill onto the track through Marros Farm, continuing until you join the coast road at Marros Village (note the church and stone monument). Turn right after the church. Continue for approximately 1km, where on your left you’ll see a drive with standing stones (a short distance forward is the Green Bridge Inn if you need a break), turn right at the standing stones driveway and follow the footpath back down to Morfa Bychan, then return over the headland (on your left) to Pendine, to complete your walking challenge.