Manorbier to Tenby - the Pembrokeshire Coast

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Submitted by Timwoods on 28 April 2010
 
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A linear, half-day coast walk in Wales starting at Manorbier, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), about 13km (roughly 8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. 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 http://nt.pcnpa.org.uk), 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 2 km (roughly 2 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.
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!
OS Grid: SS060972
Just near the beach is King's Quoit, a neolithic burial chamber. Nice location to be buried in!
About 2 km (roughly 2 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 km (roughly 1 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 4 km (roughly 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 km (roughly 2 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: www.tenbyguide.com
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Jamie Harris  commented on 09 January 2013
Thanks
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
Manorbier-Tenby
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 http://www.deloew.de/  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.
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