The “Saundersfoot Tunnel Walks” are an enjoyable trail walking from Saundersfoot to Wiseman’s Bridge, passing through two low tunnels following the route of the railway that used to carry coal between the two towns. We usually walk from Saundersfoot to Wiseman’s Bridge and back but on this occasion we actually parked at Coppet Hall, walked into Saundersfoot then back to Coppet Hall and onto Wiseman’s Bridge and then back to the car park located next to Coast restaurant (SA69 9AJ).
Please note: The Coppet Hall to Wiseman’s Bridge Tunnel walk (The Tramway Path) is currently closed. Read on for more information.
The Hean Castle Estate stated:
“Please be aware that there has been a new cliff fall on the Tramway path, at the Coppet Hall end, which may well have impacted the top path.
Anyone using the top path should exercise extreme care until an inspection has taken place.”
The Western Telegraph reports that:
“A popular Pembrokeshire coastal path is likely to be closed for a ‘considerable time’ following a major landslip.
The coast path between Wiseman’s Bridge and Coppet Hall, known as the Tramway, experienced ‘substantial rock falls’ yesterday, Thursday, January 11.
The major fall happened at the Coppet Hall end of this section of path, affecting one of the entrances to what is known as the ‘long tunnel’, some distance from the earlier fall.
The path was closed last November (2023) following two landslides after Storm Ciaran. The November landslides were closer toward the Wisemans Bridge end of the path.”
A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire County Council said that the path remains closed for the safety of the public.
“There is a continued risk of further rockfalls and members of the public are asked to please respect the path closure and avoid the area,” said the spokesperson.
Read the full story here: https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/24044890.landslip-coppet-hall-side-tramway-coast-path/
l will update once the path eventually reopens in the future.
Coppet Hall to Saundersfoot
The tunnels are each about 100m long on a flat surface making them accessible for all but beware they can be very wet (wear wellies!).
In Saundersfoot we went into the arcade (a must for the kids on every visit). Then we paid a visit to Chobbles, the lovely traditional sweet shop. There are plenty more things to do in Saundersfoot- you could play on the beach or go for a pub meal.
Saundersfoot to Coppet Hall
We made our way back through the tunnel from Saundersfoot to Coppet Hall.
Coppet Hall is a blue flag beach with excellent facilities nearby making it a day out itself within the summer months. A voluntary dog ban is in place between May to September during the beaches busier season.
Coppet Hall to Wiseman’s Bridge
My favourite part of this walk is strolling along the promenade right next to the rough sea. When larger waves crash you can get wet (as the kids did and squealed with delight then laughter!).
We have fond memories of Wiseman’s Bridge as we often stayed here in our tourer caravan as a child. There is a lovely beach and also The Wiseman’s Bridge Inn pub. From Wiseman’s Bridge you can then walk on through another tunnel to Stepaside- I’ll take you there in another post.
Wiseman’s Bridge to Coppet Hall
During the warmer months, it’s a good idea to pack your swim clothes and towels for a paddle on the beach (or beaches) of your choice. But during the cooler months, the Saundersfoot to Wiseman’s Bridge trail is a great way to blow away the cobwebs, get your sea air fix and watch the wild waves without having to step foot into the freezing cold sea.
Have you been on the Saundersfoot to Wiseman’s Bridge Tunnel Walk?