Manorbier to Tenby - the Pembrokeshire Coast

Submitted by Timwoods on 28 April 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL36 - South Pembrokeshire
(42 votes)
A linear, half-day coast walk in national park Pembrokeshire Coast (Wales) starting at Manorbier, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), about 12.5km (roughly 7.8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path stretches for 188 glorious miles around the southwest corner of Wales. Completing the full distance is well worth making time for (visit, but if you can only do it in bite-sized chunks, this section is a good place to start. From Tenby, take the bus or train to Manorbier, and walk back along the coast. The route takes you past Manorbier Castle and Lydstep Haven, but the real highlight is the fantastic coastal scenery.
Start: Manorbier, OS Grid: SS067991
End: Tenby, OS Grid: SN129005
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 182m (598ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 393m (1289ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 210m (691ft)
Max. Elevation: 70m (229ft)

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OS Grid: SS069993
Start your day in the village of Manorbier. The station is about a mile north of Manorbier; buses from Tenby will drop you in the centre. From here, head towards the castle.
About 1.7 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SS064977
Just outside the village is Manorbier Castle. This is a Norman building (12th Century) and the location is stunning, overlooking the beach.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SS061975
Head past the castle towards Manorbier Bay, from where you can pick up the coastal path. Make sure you are heading east, and just follow the sea to Tenby!
About 0.2 km (roughly 0.1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SS060972
Just near the beach is King's Quoit, a neolithic burial chamber. Nice location to be buried in!
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SS077968
The path hugs the dramatic clifftops that define Pembrokeshire. There is lots of gorse here, so you can impress the kids by seeing if they can recognise the smell (coconut!)
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SS088977
The path takes you past Lydstep Haven, which has a large caravan park and, rather shockingly, they charge you to go on the beach. That can't be right, surely?! Cock a snook at them by continuing to Tenby, which has TWO beaches.
About 3.6 km (roughly 2.3 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SS124983
Giltar Point is all about the views, so cameras at the ready - the long expanse of Tenby Beach South to the north, and Caldey Island to the southeast. If you are staying in Tenby, a day trip to Caldey Island is recommended (second only to doing another walk).
About 2.3 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SN135003
Finish up in Tenby, which is spoilt with two beaches (there's another one north of the town) and plenty of places to eat and drink:
11 comments ...join the discussion!
Jamie Harris  commented on 09 January 2013
Thank for you detailing route Manorbier - Tenby. Very useful.
Jamie Harris  commented on 10 February 2013
Walk Manorbier Tenby
Thanks for the detailed info. Walk was very good, but muddy footpath & close to clifftop so had to tread carefully. Enjoyed & would recommend to those of reasonable fitness. Last mile or 2 along beach was actually quite a trek.
Timwoods  commented on 10 February 2013
Glad you enjoyed it! I think all walks in Pembrokeshire need a bit of fitness, they are always longer than they look on the map given the nature of the coastline.
Heinrich  commented on 10 August 2013
Danger Area
It's really a nice walk. We did it on a very hot day with a pause for a dip in one of the coves. Very nice views. A veritable drawback: there was some gun training at the Danger Area at Giltar Point. So we had to go far inland to Penally and follow the main road for a while. Better make sure that the red flags are not on.
Ian fryer  commented on 11 June 2014
Stunning views
Me & my partner have just finished this walk, wow stunning views! It was a medium hard walk with lots of up & downs & rocky paths. The path is right near the edge & there are some steep gradients so kids/pushchairs will not be able to make it round. Dont do this walk on a wim, you needs proper boots & some effort. Great fun
Mike Wright  commented on 02 February 2015
Amazing Views...tough in places
My wife and I just completed this walk on Saturday, The views are quite incredible. I would personally grade this walk at this time of year, medium to hard. The path is very muddy in places, and you do need to watch your footing, I would also pay attention to the wind, it was very gusty in places and thats not good when your close to the edge.. all in all It was tremendously enjoyable... thanks for sharing. (Our GPS made this walk closer to 10miles, but we did stray off the path a little near the firing range and had to double back.)
Timwoods  commented on 04 February 2015
Thanks Mike, glad you enjoyed it! The walks do tend to be a little bit longer than our estimates show, simply because of the way they are measured between waypoints. GPX readings more likely to be accurate!
Lee&Joanne  commented on 10 March 2015
A great walk
We did the walk today on a gorgeous March day. We parked for free in Manorbier & stopped for an hour for lunch in the lovely bay at Lydstep. The terrain is mixed and undulating as you would imagine. Some very steep sections and times when you need a good head for heights as you skirt the cliff edge making it unsuitable for young children under around 10 I'd say. At other points the walk is across lovely flat meadows. The views are exceptional throughout. We then got the bus back from Tenby to Manorbier to conclude a lovely but tiring days walking.
Timwoods  commented on 11 March 2015
Transport to Manorbier
No need to park in Manorbier with good bus and train connections!
The Redheads and Hyetts  commented on 02 May 2015
Tough Going
We did this walk today and it is lovely the views, the flowers and the beaches are great but as we climbed out of Lydstep it started to rain and it was very gusty as we walked across the cliffs to Giltar Point. So it was head down and get walk as best you could. Once on the beach it was much easier. We felt we had earnt our lunch after 2hrs and 45 minutes of walking!
Wendy Yeomans  commented on 12 August 2016
lovely walk
Walked the Manorbier to Penally today, absolutely fabulous views, a bit precarious some parts but really enjoyable. We caught the train to Manorbier then started the path from the castle (about a mile from the train station). More or less 8 miles but not in any rush, its so good to stop and look back at the views regularly to take it all in. Highly recommended.
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