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Manorbier to Tenby - the Pembrokeshire Coast

A moderate walk (coast) in national park Pembrokeshire Coast starting and finishing in Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), Wales, about 11.90km (7.39 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 54m (177ft)
Descent 82m (269ft)
Max. Elevation 70m (229ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 136m (446ft)
Distance 11.90km
Duration ~3:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 28 Apr 2010
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.

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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.
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Just outside the village is Manorbier Castle. This is a Norman building (12th Century) and the location is stunning, overlooking the beach.
About 1.68 km (~1.04 miles) from
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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 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
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Just near the beach is King's Quoit, a neolithic burial chamber. Nice location to be buried in!
About 0.24 km (~0.15 miles) from
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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 1.79 km (~1.11 miles) from
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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 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from
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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 3.62 km (~2.25 miles) from
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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
About 2.31 km (~1.44 miles) from

12 comments... join the discussion!

Dylan Siddle
09 Mar 2018
Coastline Walk

Fantastic part of the Country, every corner you go round the view is better than the last.
Done the walk a couple of days ago in glorious sunshine, still big pockets of snow near the track.Track was remarkably dry despite the recent weather and not muddy in the slightest which surprised me.
Had breakfast before I started at the cafe near the Castle in Manorbier, well worth a visit.5 stars!

Wendy Yeomans
12 Aug 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.

The Redheads and Hyetts
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!

11 Mar 2015
Transport To Manorbier

No need to park in Manorbier with good bus and train connections!

10 Mar 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.

04 Feb 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!

Mike Wright
02 Feb 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.)

Ian fryer
11 Jun 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

10 Aug 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.

10 Feb 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.

Jamie Harris
10 Feb 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.

Jamie Harris
09 Jan 2013

Thank for you detailing route Manorbier - Tenby. Very useful.

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