Surfing, rock-pooling, walking & a castle
Manorbier is a small village on the south coast of Pembrokeshire. The popular surfing beach is overlooked by a small castle (which was used as a filming location for the original BBC Chronicles of Narnia series). The Pembrokeshire Coast Path crosses the beach too, so if in the mood for a bit of walking, you can either head east, towards Skrinkle (see route below) or west towards Freshwater East.
Manorbier, Presipe & Skrinkle
Manorbier beach is very popular with surfers and bodyboarders. The beach itself is stony when the tide is in, however an expanse of sand is revealed when the tide recedes so there’s plenty of room to run around and build sandcastles! The reef on the west side of the beach is one of the reasons why Manorbier is so good for surfing, but it’s also a great place for rock-pooling at low tide.
Currents can be quite strong here and be aware of a potentially nasty rip-tide on the east side of the beach. Paddling is fine, but we wouldn’t recommend going out too far unless you’re a strong swimmer.
If you’re up for a bit of a walk, there’s a lovely beach called Presipe Bay, hidden between Manorbier and Skrinkle and accessed via the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Skrinkle is located just outside Manorbier. This east-facing beach, surrounded by sheer cliffs and with views of Caldey Island, is accessed via some steep steps so it’s not ideal for families with young children. It’s a great place for a photo opportunity if you drive to the headland beyond the YHA Skrinkle car park.
Manorbier/Skrinkle Loop - 6 miles (1 hour)
Walk east along the beach and climb the steps to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Follow the path along the coast, passing Presipe Bay and Skrinkle Royal Artillery Range. When you arrive at the road, take a left and follow the road until you exit the housing estate. Take another left and follow the road down through Manorbier.
As you head back down towards the beach, you’ll pass Beach Break Tearooms and Manorbier Castle, before arriving back at the beach.
Manorbier to Freshwater East - 8 mile round trip (3 hours)
Walk west along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (head towards The Dak to find the path). Along the route you’ll pass Swanlake Bay, a shingle beach at high tide but sandy at low tide. Continue along the path until you reach the beach at Freshwater East. There’s a café at the holiday park at Freshwater East if you need some refreshments before heading back to Manorbier.