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Manorbier Beach

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Manorbier Beach

Manorbier is a popular surfing beach overlooked by the 12th century castle (open Easter to end September). The beach is mostly coarse sand and pebbles at the top, with fine sand lower down the beach and flanked by low sandstone cliffs. 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, with body-boarders and canoeists also trying to catch waves.

On the eastern side of the bay the coast 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 shales 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.

Choughs can be often seen along this part of the coast.

Manorbier Beach
Manorbier Beach
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