Manorbier is a lovely seaside village with a superb sandy cove popular with surfers and a fine medieval castle overlooking the bay. The birthplace of Gerald of Wales and a favourite haunt of George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf. The village has a cosy pub and an interesting Norman Church.
Manorbier has a south westerly facing beach, great for rockpooling with water quality “excellent”. This beach is also good for swimming, canoeing and angling. It’s a favourite surfing beach, however please be aware that the sea here does have some very strong currents.
Manorbier Castle has a stunning location perched above the beach; a well preserved masonry, chapel, round tower and gatehouse; numerous stairs, towers, rooms and battlements to explore and an inner ward laid out to gardens.
With such a splendid setting overlooking a beautiful unspoilt beach, families love to explore Manorbier Castle and bring a little bit of history to life. There are locally made cakes in the cafe and beautiful walled gardens to enjoy.
The castle closes for the winter, so keep an eye on opening times.
In the heart of the village you will find the excellent Beach Break Tearooms, always very well reviewed!
On the Coast Path to the east is The King’s Quoit, a stone cromlech on the coast path overlooking the bay.
For an extended walk take the coast path eastwards to Precipe Bay and the stunning beach at Skrinkle Haven with the magnificent rock formation known locally as Church Doors. Alternatively head west to Swanlake Bay.
Distance from Manor Bedw: 20 miles