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Skrinkle Haven, Tenby (Pembrokeshire)

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

If you're up for a little walk with beautiful views in order to spend some time on a secluded beach, then you should definitely put Skrinkle Haven on your must-see list.

You'll find Skrinkle Haven by heading through Tenby, and towards Manorbier. When you get there, follow the road all the way past the YHA hostel (where you can rent pods and bell tents starting at £79.00 a night!!). Keep following the road until you can go no further. You'll see two areas to park the car. If you're not up for the walk to the beach you can just park in the first unofficial car park and walk down a very small path to some picnic benches with fabulous views, like the one below.


If you're feeling a little more adventurous and have a sturdy pair of shoes on, carry on to the next unofficial car park and follow the path down to the beach. It's not a very long walk but it does entail a fair bit of steps. They're not incredibly steep but there are a lot of them. Below is a picture of said steps and the path back to the car park. For this reason alone, if you have a pram or a wheelchair, you would only be able to access the picnic bench area.

You can also park at the YHA car park and there's an honesty box to park there for the day. It's a little bit of a longer walk from there but there is a small cafe open to the public in the YHA for a hot/cold drink or a snack. This is the only access to a toilet.


What's there to do in Skrinkle Haven?

  • The main attraction here is the views but there's plenty to explore down on the beach. There are two beaches at the bottom of the steps, but the flat sandy one that you can see in the very first picture can only be reached if the tide is out - also, make sure you head back before the tide comes back in or you'll be stranded there!!

  • The beach that's accessible at all times however has a small area of sand but it's mainly large rocks. It's known as the 'Church Doors' as the two caves on the beach look like two large church doors.

  • Because of the fact that the beach is like a little cove, the waves are quite big so good for bigger and more adventurous children - I was a little hesitant to let Cooper ride the waves when we went!

  • If you're "lucky", the red drill flag will be flying at the Army Base the other side of the cove and you'll be able to hear them launching missiles every half an hour or so - I have to admit, the first time it happened I had quite a fright as it was SO loud, but it was quite exciting once I realised what it was!!

  • You can take dogs onto the beach all year round and there's plenty of shade from the caves if you're spending a sunny day there.

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