Nestled between the popular tourist spots of Tenby and Saundersfoot, the small, remote Monkstone beach is a chance to escape the crowds. With views out over towards Tenby, and Carmarthen Bay, the secluded spot along the west coast is an unspoiled oasis that is an ideal for time away.
A small sandy bay, Monkstone is backed by majestic, high cliffs on three sides with rock formations that stretch into the water dotted along the beach. With protection offered by the cliffs, it’s a good place to swim and when the tide is out, there are stretches of golden sand to enjoy.
Remember to check the tides before you go. Monkstone is a small bay and the sand can all but disappear at high tide, so don’t get caught out or cut off as the tide can come in quickly giving you little warning that it’s time to go.
How To Get There
Close to the village of New Hedges, Monkstone is only accessible via a footpath through Trevayne Farm (SA69 9DL). Head for New Hedges and take directions to Trevayne Farm, from where you can park and take the footpath down to the beach.
Be aware that there is limited parking space along the lane near the farm. If you aren’t lucky enough to find a space, nearby Saundersfoot has several carparks and can be reached via the coast path, which is a pleasant walk (1.3 miles) by itself. If you’re taking the coast path from the south, Tenby is a little further away, (3.1 miles).
Distance from Bluestone
The closest carpark is in Saundersfoot, where there are several different options for parking that are clearly sign posted when entering the village.
Not suitable for all visitors, the only access is via a track through Trevayne Farm and then a steep, 151 step climb down to the beach, so isn’t one for those with limited mobility.
There are no facilities on the beach, so remember that everything you take will need to be carried back afterwards. There is a post office, shop and pub in New Hedges.
A perfect spot from where to explore this section of coast line, with Tenby to the south and Saundersfoot, Wiseman's Bridge and Amroth to the north.