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This cache has been placed to mark my first caching event due to be held in April 2011. This series of caches are all named after dinosaurs. There are a few steps up to this cache. This cache is placed just off the Pembrokeshire Coast path. Stout footwear is advised when finding this cache. This cache has been placed with the kind permission of the National Trust.
Congratulations to Deep Freeze and Mrs Mushroom Mike on a joint FTF. Ichthyosaurs (ICK-thee-oh-sores) were giant marine reptiles that resembled fish and dolphins. Ichthyosaurs lived during a large part of the Mesozoic era, having appeared about 230 million years ago.
Ichthyosaurs measured around 8 feet (2.4 metres) in length and weighed around 163 to 168 kilograms (360 to 370 pounds). Although Ichthyosaurs looked like fish, they were not. Ichthyosaurs had fin-like limbs, which were possibly used for stabilisation and direction control, rather than propulsion, which would have come from the large shark-like tail. Ichthyosaurs had a porpoise-like head and a long, toothed snout. Ichthyosaurs were carnivores and they ate fish, octopus and other swimming animals with their strong jaws and sharp teeth.
Amroth has a wide, south facing, sandy beach. The water quality at Amroth regularly attains the highest Blue Flag standards. Amroth is ideal for windsurfing, swimming and family beach games.
Amroth is located at the start (or end, if you walk it the other way round) of the 186 mile Pembrokeshire coastal path, one of Britain's 17 long distance national trails. The coast path takes you up the hill behind the beach on an old 'greenway' before dropping back down to Wisemans Bridge. At low tide, you can walk along the beach instead, to Wisemans Bridge or all the way to Saundersfoot if you prefer.
As this is a very popular family bathing beach, most of Amroth beach is subject to a dog ban from 1st May to 30th September. Only the very eastern end, well beyond Amroth Castle holiday park, is exempt from the dog ban.
Amroth Beach is also famous for its petrified drowned forest. Occasionally, when the tide is very low, petrified tree stumps can be seen poking through the sand. They were growing here during the last ice age.
The beach stretches the whole length of Amroth village. Nearby are the National Trust owned Colby Woods and Gardens. The gardens are a must for visitors, particularly during Spring and Autumn. There are also open air theatre and family events usually happening throughout the summer.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum