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Castaway's Guidebook

Bob

Castaway's Guidebook

Eateries we like!!
We have tried quite a few of the cafes and restaurants in Tenby, and our guests have too!! Here are a few recommendations for you :)
We've been here 3 or 4 times now - consistently good food and good service. Ring or pop in to reserve a table as it can get busy. Good grub and plenty of it !!
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locals recommend
The Blue Ball
10 Upper Frog St
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locals recommend
We've been here 3 or 4 times now - consistently good food and good service. Ring or pop in to reserve a table as it can get busy. Good grub and plenty of it !!
Our 20 something daughters, and their friends, love this place, as do we. Street food style grub, more than enough to fill you up, gluten free options and they have their own brewery with some great beers and ciders always on tap. Yum !
Sand Bar
4-5 Upper Frog St
Our 20 something daughters, and their friends, love this place, as do we. Street food style grub, more than enough to fill you up, gluten free options and they have their own brewery with some great beers and ciders always on tap. Yum !
Fabulous Balcony views!! This little cafe has a balcony out at the back which is suspended above the Tenby harbour and North Beach with amazing views of the harbour and beach scene. They do some lovely greek style food and the garlic mushrooms are to die for!!! It is a coffee and cake house too and their coffee is really good! Its a popular spot but worth waiting for a seat - and if you can get out on the small balcony even better!!
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locals recommend
Caffè Vista
3 Crackwell St
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locals recommend
Fabulous Balcony views!! This little cafe has a balcony out at the back which is suspended above the Tenby harbour and North Beach with amazing views of the harbour and beach scene. They do some lovely greek style food and the garlic mushrooms are to die for!!! It is a coffee and cake house too and their coffee is really good! Its a popular spot but worth waiting for a seat - and if you can get out on the small balcony even better!!
Our favourite beaches
We love the beaches but there are some gems amongst them that are well worth a visit .... :)
Check out the tide times and go and see this beach at low tide. A huge expanse of sand when the tide is out, always quiet, even at the height of Summer, and great for a dip in the sea. The closest you can get by car is to drive down to Trevayne Farm, New Hedges and park at the end of the lane on a gravel area next to the road. Then walk through the farm (it's a camping site too) which is a public path and pick up the path that goes from the rear of the farm down to the Coast Path across a field. Beautiful views here! Cross over the coast path following the wooden signs to the beach which is down a zig zag path. The walk back up will get you puffing! At high tide it is a rocky beach so worth waiting for the sand!! We love to walk to Monkstone from Castaway which is about two miles. Go back up to the main road from here, straight across and down towards Waterwynch Bay. As you get to the bottom of the hill look out for the Coastal Path crossing you from left to right (The acorn symbol denotes the Coastal Path). Turn left on the Coastal Path itself and enjoy a fabulous walk along to Trevayn Farm where you drop down onto the beach as described above. Look out for the 4 way path junction with the beach signs to guide you. If you time your arrival at Monkstone for low tide you can then walk around Monkstone Point rocks and all the way along the sand into Saundersfoot - ONLY at low tide.
Monkstone Beach
Check out the tide times and go and see this beach at low tide. A huge expanse of sand when the tide is out, always quiet, even at the height of Summer, and great for a dip in the sea. The closest you can get by car is to drive down to Trevayne Farm, New Hedges and park at the end of the lane on a gravel area next to the road. Then walk through the farm (it's a camping site too) which is a public path and pick up the path that goes from the rear of the farm down to the Coast Path across a field. Beautiful views here! Cross over the coast path following the wooden signs to the beach which is down a zig zag path. The walk back up will get you puffing! At high tide it is a rocky beach so worth waiting for the sand!! We love to walk to Monkstone from Castaway which is about two miles. Go back up to the main road from here, straight across and down towards Waterwynch Bay. As you get to the bottom of the hill look out for the Coastal Path crossing you from left to right (The acorn symbol denotes the Coastal Path). Turn left on the Coastal Path itself and enjoy a fabulous walk along to Trevayn Farm where you drop down onto the beach as described above. Look out for the 4 way path junction with the beach signs to guide you. If you time your arrival at Monkstone for low tide you can then walk around Monkstone Point rocks and all the way along the sand into Saundersfoot - ONLY at low tide.
Best at low tide as you can get a lot further!! Waterwynch is our closest beach and about 0.6 of a mile away from here. On foot go back up to the main road and straight across, walking down the tarmac road. As you get to the bottom of the hill turn RIGHT along the Coastal Path (Acorn Symbol on the wooden signs) and after 50 metres take a left towards the beach. This takes you along the side of the guest houses at Waterwynch and eventually down some steps to the beach itself. At high tide it is a small pebbly beach but at low tide it opens out to plenty of sand, rock pools and some fantastic caves to explore. You can walk in both directions at low tide and explore. Keep an eye on the tide !!
Waterwynch Bay
Best at low tide as you can get a lot further!! Waterwynch is our closest beach and about 0.6 of a mile away from here. On foot go back up to the main road and straight across, walking down the tarmac road. As you get to the bottom of the hill turn RIGHT along the Coastal Path (Acorn Symbol on the wooden signs) and after 50 metres take a left towards the beach. This takes you along the side of the guest houses at Waterwynch and eventually down some steps to the beach itself. At high tide it is a small pebbly beach but at low tide it opens out to plenty of sand, rock pools and some fantastic caves to explore. You can walk in both directions at low tide and explore. Keep an eye on the tide !!
Voted into the Top 20 Beaches in the world, Barafundle is well worth a visit. Take a picnic and go and enjoy a beautiful sandy beach that's a great place to get in the sea when the water is warm in Summer. It is on National Trust land and the closest place you can park a car is at Stackpole Quay which charges a fee for NON National Trust members. There is a National Trust cafe at Stackpole Quay as well which does some great snacks. Down at Stackpole Quay itself there is a tiny harbour, where a single fishing boat works from, that comes in to moor at high tide and off load the catch. From Stackpole Quay simply follow the wooden signs for Barafundle up along the Coast Path for about half a mile and you get to the amazing Barafundle beach. Either stay on the beach or there is a path that goes back over the large sand dunes and up into some ancient woodland which is a great contrast to the beach itself. More about this on our 'Walks' section of the 'Castaway Guidebook' :) Quite a few steps up and down but sooo worth it!!
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locals recommend
Barafundle Bay
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locals recommend
Voted into the Top 20 Beaches in the world, Barafundle is well worth a visit. Take a picnic and go and enjoy a beautiful sandy beach that's a great place to get in the sea when the water is warm in Summer. It is on National Trust land and the closest place you can park a car is at Stackpole Quay which charges a fee for NON National Trust members. There is a National Trust cafe at Stackpole Quay as well which does some great snacks. Down at Stackpole Quay itself there is a tiny harbour, where a single fishing boat works from, that comes in to moor at high tide and off load the catch. From Stackpole Quay simply follow the wooden signs for Barafundle up along the Coast Path for about half a mile and you get to the amazing Barafundle beach. Either stay on the beach or there is a path that goes back over the large sand dunes and up into some ancient woodland which is a great contrast to the beach itself. More about this on our 'Walks' section of the 'Castaway Guidebook' :) Quite a few steps up and down but sooo worth it!!
Two ways to get to the beach ..... 1. Drive to Bosherston village and park in the National Trust car park on the sharp bend next to the church. Then walk through 'The Lily Ponds' and out onto Broadhaven Beach. Beautiful walk and even better if its lily time of the year!! 2. Drive through Bosherston and look out for the brown sign pointing you left to Broad Haven. Follow the narrow lane for about a mile and it takes you into another National Trust car park (free for members) which is just above the beach itself and therefore much less walking!! Take your picnic or BBQ down onto the sand and enjoy this stunning beach. In Summer there is often a food van parked in the car park too which does locally farmed pork yummies (and other snacks) and drinks (hot and cold). Always plenty of space on this beach even at the height of Summer :)
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locals recommend
Broadhaven Beach Bosherston
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locals recommend
Two ways to get to the beach ..... 1. Drive to Bosherston village and park in the National Trust car park on the sharp bend next to the church. Then walk through 'The Lily Ponds' and out onto Broadhaven Beach. Beautiful walk and even better if its lily time of the year!! 2. Drive through Bosherston and look out for the brown sign pointing you left to Broad Haven. Follow the narrow lane for about a mile and it takes you into another National Trust car park (free for members) which is just above the beach itself and therefore much less walking!! Take your picnic or BBQ down onto the sand and enjoy this stunning beach. In Summer there is often a food van parked in the car park too which does locally farmed pork yummies (and other snacks) and drinks (hot and cold). Always plenty of space on this beach even at the height of Summer :)
Walking from Castaway (and beyond!)
There are some fabulous walks both from Castaway and by driving/parking then walking. These are some of our favourites so far although we discover more on a regular basis
Best at low tide as you can explore a lot more!! A phone app called 'My Tide Times' is excellent for keeping track of the tides and timing your exploration :) A short walk of less than a mile and our closest beach. Walk from Castaway back up to the main road, straight across and down the tarmac road towards the Waterwynch Estate. When you meet the Coastal Path going across you (look out for the acorn symbol on the footpath signs) turn right and after about 50 metres take the left signed for the beach. Follow this path as it eventually drops down some steps onto Waterwynch Beach. If its high tide the beach is small and pebbly but at low tide there is sand and great caves and rock pools in both directions. Keep an eye on the tide though and don't get caught out!!
Waterwynch Bay
Best at low tide as you can explore a lot more!! A phone app called 'My Tide Times' is excellent for keeping track of the tides and timing your exploration :) A short walk of less than a mile and our closest beach. Walk from Castaway back up to the main road, straight across and down the tarmac road towards the Waterwynch Estate. When you meet the Coastal Path going across you (look out for the acorn symbol on the footpath signs) turn right and after about 50 metres take the left signed for the beach. Follow this path as it eventually drops down some steps onto Waterwynch Beach. If its high tide the beach is small and pebbly but at low tide there is sand and great caves and rock pools in both directions. Keep an eye on the tide though and don't get caught out!!
A walk from Castaway - about 4 miles. Walk back up to the main road and go straight across and down the hill. When you meet the Coastal Path turn left and follow this path all the way to an intersection of about 4 different path routes with wooden finger posts. Its a great walk offering some amazing views of Tenby, as you look back, so be sure to keep checking over your shoulder as you climb a grassy field to one of the higher points of the walk. Its about two miles in all to the 4 way intersection with some great ups and downs that will get the heart rate up a bit!! Once at the intersection you can go down the zig zag path to the beach itself or take a left to Trevayne Farm (look for the camper vans to your left and aim for them). Walk through Trevayne Farm yard, which is a lovely scenic camp site as well as a working farm, and then along the tarmac road that takes you back to New Hedges village. As you get to the village turn left, walk through the village and back to the main road and Garden Meadows Park. Around 4 miles and the ups and downs of the coast path are a good challenge.
Monkstone Beach
A walk from Castaway - about 4 miles. Walk back up to the main road and go straight across and down the hill. When you meet the Coastal Path turn left and follow this path all the way to an intersection of about 4 different path routes with wooden finger posts. Its a great walk offering some amazing views of Tenby, as you look back, so be sure to keep checking over your shoulder as you climb a grassy field to one of the higher points of the walk. Its about two miles in all to the 4 way intersection with some great ups and downs that will get the heart rate up a bit!! Once at the intersection you can go down the zig zag path to the beach itself or take a left to Trevayne Farm (look for the camper vans to your left and aim for them). Walk through Trevayne Farm yard, which is a lovely scenic camp site as well as a working farm, and then along the tarmac road that takes you back to New Hedges village. As you get to the village turn left, walk through the village and back to the main road and Garden Meadows Park. Around 4 miles and the ups and downs of the coast path are a good challenge.
A fabulous walk of around 5 miles for the complete circuit. From Castaway go back to the main road and straight across, continuing down towards Waterwynch Bay. Under the trees at the bottom look out for the coastal footpath signs and turn LEFT onto the coastal path. Just stay on this path (they use an 'acorn' symbol to indicate the coast path) and it will take you on a wonderful walk all the way to Saundersfoot. As you meet your first road and houses in Saundersfoot there are some steps that take you down onto the beach. If the tide is OUT you can walk along the beach to the harbour and beyond. If the tide is IN, you'll have to continue up the tarmac hill and then turn right at the T junction towards the harbour. As you descend there are wonderful views of the harbour and plenty of cafes and pubs to refuel before EITHER retracing your steps OR following the road out of Saundersfoot to New Hedges village and on to Garden Meadows Park the other side of New Hedges.
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locals recommend
Saundersfoot Harbour
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locals recommend
A fabulous walk of around 5 miles for the complete circuit. From Castaway go back to the main road and straight across, continuing down towards Waterwynch Bay. Under the trees at the bottom look out for the coastal footpath signs and turn LEFT onto the coastal path. Just stay on this path (they use an 'acorn' symbol to indicate the coast path) and it will take you on a wonderful walk all the way to Saundersfoot. As you meet your first road and houses in Saundersfoot there are some steps that take you down onto the beach. If the tide is OUT you can walk along the beach to the harbour and beyond. If the tide is IN, you'll have to continue up the tarmac hill and then turn right at the T junction towards the harbour. As you descend there are wonderful views of the harbour and plenty of cafes and pubs to refuel before EITHER retracing your steps OR following the road out of Saundersfoot to New Hedges village and on to Garden Meadows Park the other side of New Hedges.
Shopping
Our nearest 'corner shop' is open from 0700 to around 2200 most days. It has an off licence, in store bakery, post office (0900 to 1700 for Post Office) and sells most essentials. From Castaway its a quick half mile stroll. Walk back up to the main road and turn left. Follow that for about 200 metres and take the fork right into New Hedges village. Stay on this road and McColls is on your left after 200 metres or so.
McColl's
Our nearest 'corner shop' is open from 0700 to around 2200 most days. It has an off licence, in store bakery, post office (0900 to 1700 for Post Office) and sells most essentials. From Castaway its a quick half mile stroll. Walk back up to the main road and turn left. Follow that for about 200 metres and take the fork right into New Hedges village. Stay on this road and McColls is on your left after 200 metres or so.
Our nearest farm shop selling local produce is within walking distance of Castaway. Go back up to the main road and turn left. Keep to the left side of the A478 and after about 500m you'll see the farm shop tucked in to the left next to the entrance to Rumbleways Caravan Park. (If you need more choice then Four Seasons Farm shop is a short drive further along the A478 - see other entries)
Priory Farm Shop
Our nearest farm shop selling local produce is within walking distance of Castaway. Go back up to the main road and turn left. Keep to the left side of the A478 and after about 500m you'll see the farm shop tucked in to the left next to the entrance to Rumbleways Caravan Park. (If you need more choice then Four Seasons Farm shop is a short drive further along the A478 - see other entries)
Fabulous Farm Shop!! You have to go there for the cheese counter alone - often with lots of samples!! A short drive from Castaway with loads of off road parking which can be harder in a busy Summer Tenby town!! Travel back up to the main road and turn left. Stay on the A478 going straight on at the large Saundersfoot roundabout and about half a mile past that roundabout you'll see Four Seasons Farm shop on your left. They have wonderful bread, fresh salads, cheese counter, deli fridges, local beers, ciders and wines, milk, fruit and veg of which a lot is local to Pembrokeshire, and other yummys. Worth a visit if you like local fresh produce :))
Four Seasons Farm Shop
Fabulous Farm Shop!! You have to go there for the cheese counter alone - often with lots of samples!! A short drive from Castaway with loads of off road parking which can be harder in a busy Summer Tenby town!! Travel back up to the main road and turn left. Stay on the A478 going straight on at the large Saundersfoot roundabout and about half a mile past that roundabout you'll see Four Seasons Farm shop on your left. They have wonderful bread, fresh salads, cheese counter, deli fridges, local beers, ciders and wines, milk, fruit and veg of which a lot is local to Pembrokeshire, and other yummys. Worth a visit if you like local fresh produce :))
An alternative to Mc Coll's at New Hedges, needing a short car journey, is the Co-Op down the hill in Tenby. Its open 0700 to 2200 most days and has fresh bread, an off licence and is a small supermarket style shop. From Castaway go back to the main road and turn right following the A478 down to the mini roundabout in Tenby. Turn right here and stay on this road as it takes you down a hill into Tenby. As you get to the bottom of the hill look out for the Co-Op on your right. It has a small walled car park where you can usually get a space.
Co-op Food - Tenby - Heywood Lane
An alternative to Mc Coll's at New Hedges, needing a short car journey, is the Co-Op down the hill in Tenby. Its open 0700 to 2200 most days and has fresh bread, an off licence and is a small supermarket style shop. From Castaway go back to the main road and turn right following the A478 down to the mini roundabout in Tenby. Turn right here and stay on this road as it takes you down a hill into Tenby. As you get to the bottom of the hill look out for the Co-Op on your right. It has a small walled car park where you can usually get a space.
This is our largest supermarket style shop in Tenby albeit not a full sized supermarket by any means!!! You'll get all your essentials, and more, and its open long hours on most days of the week - generally around 0800 to 2100 but check their website for seasonal variation on that!!
Sainsbury's
1 Upper Park Road
This is our largest supermarket style shop in Tenby albeit not a full sized supermarket by any means!!! You'll get all your essentials, and more, and its open long hours on most days of the week - generally around 0800 to 2100 but check their website for seasonal variation on that!!