Industrial Relic at Stepaside
There were once working coal and iron mines at Stepaside, and the Kilgetty Ironworks. These have all closed and the villages as was is now a holiday hamlet with few houses and with caravan parks. The Stepaside Heritage Park is situated on the road between it and Wisemans Bridge.
Information signs at Stepaside state that Stepaside got its name when Oliver Cromwell and his army passed through on their way to Pembroke. Cromwell is reported to have asked people in his way to step aside. This might just be a convenient folk etymology.
About the village
The Old Dramway runs from Stepaside (starting at the Heritage Park) to Wisemans Bridge beach and pub. The Dramway is a man-made fine gravel pathway which is flat. The pathway is suitable for bicycles, pushchairs, disabled scooters and walkers of all levels and is a bridleway. This is a popular shortcut for holiday makers and locals to the beach, Wisemans Bridge pub, Coppet Hall and Saundersfoot Harbour. The Dramway is two and a half miles long from Stepaside to Saundersfoot Harbour and during the holiday season many walkers and cyclists can be seen using this path which meets Route 4 cycle route at Wisemans Bridge.
Stepaside is a holiday hamlet with the nearest shops and community facilities one mile away in Kilgetty. Properties in Stepaside range from old stone cottages, new-build contemporary houses, bungalows, and converted buildings such as The Old School which is now residential and a block of apartments called Cromwell Court (after Oliver Cromwell) formerly a Kawasaki garage and before that a petrol station/Fiat garage. The Old Coach Works at Stepaside is still in use and is a bodyshop and garage.
| ("Wikimedia Commons" has material|
about Stepaside, Pembrokeshire)
- Information on Stepaside, Pembrokeshire from GENUKI
- Pictures of Stepaside and the area on Geograph.co.uk