19th October 2016 by

Posted in Pembrokeshire

Autumn Walks from Manorbier to Penally

Get the children out on the coastal path this half term

We live in Britain’s only Coastal National Park, and we have over 186 miles of unspoilt coastal path for you to ramble on.

Our favourite as a family is to walk the section between Manorbier and Penally. You start on the glorious sands of Manorbier beach where you can watch the surfers battle against the white seahorses. You make your way up the headland and along narrow open paths, which curve round spectacular bays. The views are magnicifient, with miles and miles of blue/green sea as far as your eyes allow you.

Soon you’ll come across the Manorbier Military Base, and the path will take you off the coast and around the high fences, it seems a very odd place to have the base and does seem a little out of place, but in a strange sort of way it does fit in, you’ll pass the stunning Skinkle and Church Doors beaches on your way, well known to locals but off the beaten track for tourists.

You’ll weave your way up and down, and you’ll soon reach the many steps, which lead up to Lydstep Head. We’ve counted these steps on many an occasion and we never get the same number! At the top you’ll then head down across the beach of Lydstep and through the popular Lydstep Haven Resort, in the summer you’ll hear the drones of the Jet Ski’s and the smells of the BBQ’s from the lodges. Then you’ll re-join the paths along through the undergrowth and the rocky terrain and on the edge of Giltar heading over large crevasses, where it’s very tempting to go close to the edge. You’ll soon have St Margaret’s and Caldey Island in your sights, and then we know we are nearly home. Many will follow the path down on the vast south beach that leads to the popular resort of Tenby.

The scenery throughout the walk and the wildlife you’ll see are truly stunning, you’ll walk amongst fields of sheep and cattle who roam the headlands, watch the seagulls and ravens soar above on the edge of winds, or just watch the waves crashing against the rocks. And every time we do the walk the scenery always seems to change, or there’s something new to look at. It’s not an easy walk but if you take your time you’ll just enjoy it more, it usually takes us about 2 hours. We’ll get the bus there or drive one car and leave it in the car park.

We’ll then head home for hot chocolate and marshmallows, knowing that the cobwebs have well and truly been blown away!