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Manorbier Beach

The Beaches of Wales
by Alistair Hare
Out 17 Sept
A complete guide to every beach and cove around the coast of Wales. Information and photos of almost 500 beaches. An essential guide.
Manorbier Beach

Manorbier is a popular surfing beach overlooked by the 12th century castle (open Easter to end September). The beach is flanked by low sandstone cliffs and crossed by a small stream, and consists mostly of coarse sand and fossiliferous pebbles at the top, with fine sand lower down. A P&D car park is situated in the valley behind the beach and has toilets, 2 cycle stands and usually an ice-cream van in summer. Access to the shore is along a level gravelled path. Free roadside parking overlooking the bay can be found a little further along the lane, this being popular with surfers. The village is a short walk away and has a tea-room, a pub, a shop and post office. Manorbier rail station is about 1¼ miles away. Dogs are allowed at all times.

The surf here begins to work an hour or two after the high tide, and is a beach break with a reef on the west side. It can get quite crowded; surfers often have to compete for space with body-boarders, canoeists and the occasional angler.

On the eastern side of the bay the coastal path passes the cromlech known as King's Quoit (circa 3000BC). The rock strata are vertical on this side of the bay, and the sea has eroded the soft shale to form narrow zawns, some 30 feet deep which come right up to the path. One of these emerges about 10 yards inland of the path and is unfenced, so keep an eye on any dogs / children.

Manorbier Beach
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