The village of Manorbier is blessed with three beaches, but its namesake beach is the most well-known, and historically, the best loved: as far back as the 1190’s, Gerald of Wales or Giraldus Cambrensis described the village as “in all the broad lands of Wales, Manorbier is the most pleasant place by far”
What it’s like:
Small sandy bay backed by a shingle band and low dunes, with rocky reef to the west. The beach is overlooked by the imposing Manorbier Castle to the north and by the Neolithic King’s Quoit on the cliff path to the south east.
How to get there:
From Tenby, head west along the A4139 (signposted Pembroke), past Penally & Lydstep. Take a left along the B4585 to the village (it’s a loop off the A4139, so you have two chances) to the village. Head down the hill past the castle to the paid car park at the bottom, or continue a little further up the next hill to access some limited but free spaces.
From Warren, head back towards Pembroke and take the A4139 east towards Tenby. Take a right along the B4585 to the village to the village. Head down the hill past the castle.
There’s also a sneaky back-lane route from for the brave: from the farm, turn off the A4139 after Bosh through the woods to Stackpole, on through Fresh East village & along a tiny lane at the end of Jason Road that’s marked ‘unsuitable for motor traffic’. Briefly join the A4239 heading east before taking the next right, and right again at the next crossroads to approach the beach from the west headland. But be prepared to reverse long distances & have to squeeze into tiny passing places –
What to do when you’re there:
- Learn to surf! Depending on the conditions, local surf schools frequently use Manorbier for their courses
- Try to identify the other beaches across the bay (hint: one is Fresh East)
- Look for watercress growing in the pools further up the stream
- Have a drink at Castlemead for fabulous views of the castle, beach & beyond
Other things you should know about it:
You can stay in Manorbier Castle; there’s a 4 bedroom holiday home built right into the C12th walls. It even has its own private walled garden & a guest chalet sleeping an additional 4 people.