Marros Sands is, as its name suggests, a mainly sandy beach, that stretches for two miles west to Telpyn Point. Occasionally, the combination of low tide and rough seas, which disturb the sand, make it possible to see the remains of trees from a submerged 4000 year old forest. Also on the beach are the remnants of a ship, thought to be a schooner that went aground during a storm in 1886 with a cargo of culm. Culm has various meanings, such as the stalk of a plant, but in this context it refers to coal dust, also known as slack.
Walking along the beach westwards you come to Telpyn Point, where at low tide, it is possible to walk around the point to Telpyn Beach. Telpyn is a sandy beach with pebbles at the back beneath the cliff. If you are interested in climbing rock faces, Telpyn Point offers various options with Fisherman’s Wall, Mollusc Wall, Tremors Zawn and Cave Wall. Personally I prefer to walk along the coast rather than risk falling from a cliff face, but I’m sure there are many out there who would relish the challenge.
After Telpyn Beach is Amroth, which is on the border between the counties of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, and it is here that the Pembrokeshire section of the Wales Coast Path begins.
The beach is wide and mainly sandy with a road running along the back of the beach where the village of Amroth is located. Here you will find parking, a pub and a café. What more could you want?
After Amroth is a small hamlet and beach called Wiseman’s Bridge, which along with the adjacent beach of Saundersfoot was used during the Second World War for a secret operation codenamed Operation Jantzen. The beaches were considered to be similar to those of Northern France where the D-Day landings were to take place as part of the operation to liberate France from German occupation, and so in August 1943 a full-scale practice landing took place at Wiseman’s Bridge. During the operation Winston Churchill came to survey the troops and apparently had a pot of tea at the local inn, and that is Wiseman’s Bridge main claim to fame.
My father took part in the D-Day landings and I remember when I was fourteen we went on holiday to France and visited the beaches where the landings took place. We had lunch at a restaurant near one of the beaches and I recall the owner of the restaurant asked us why we were visiting the area.
On discovering that my father, who was a Quarter Master Sergeant during the Second World War, had been involved in the operation we were given a delicious lunch on the house.
I can’t imagine what memories my father must have carried with him from his time as a soldier in the war, he never talked about it much, but he must have witnessed some dreadful scenes of which, the D-day landings must have been one.
If you are in the area why not take a walk along this stretch of coastline and get to know Wales just a little more.
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