Tenby and Caldey Island

A leisurely day in the historic harbour town of Tenby provides the opportunity of a boat trip to explore the nearby wonderful Caldey Island and to complete a link with sections of coast path route.

We have stayed in Tenby countless times over the years, so can claim to have probably covered every step of the coast path route which runs around the town. The FourCroft Hotel is again our start point and on the path route there are fine picture postcard views of the North beach with landmark Goscar Rock, the old harbour and the backdrop of the many colourful buildings which all add something for a special coastal town scene.

Goscar Rock, North beach, Tenby
Coast path at North Beach, Tenby
Tenby harbour and Castle Hill

Tenby is an historic walled town with lots of character, a bustling tourist scene during holiday season and plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants. With a picturesque harbour, old town charm and some immaculate beaches it’s definitely worth spending some time to explore and enjoy everything the old town has to offer, which we have done on a few occasions.

The coast path route heads down to a walkway along North beach to the historic and interesting harbour. On the road above the harbour are a number of sailing trip vendors and on a fine day it’s always worth looking at availability of trips and it’s here we bought our tickets for a sailing to Caldey Island from Castle beach. The coast path route continues around past the lifeboat station and to the prominent headland of Castle Hill which provides fine views overlooking St. Catherine’s Island with its old napoleonic era defensive fort and across to Caldey Island. From here follow the path and ramp down to the family favourite Castle beach where there’s a pontoon for the sailings to Caldey Island.

Castle Beach, Tenby

Caldey island is not part of the official coast path but is definitely worth a visit on a fine day to visit the island for a few hours. The photo below shows the view from the jetty at Priory Bay on Caldey island looking back to South beach Tenby and Giltar Point.

Jetty at Priory Bay, Caldey

Caldey is famous for the Cistercian order of monks and the monastery and well kept grounds are an impressive sight in a lovely peaceful setting

Caldey Monastery

There are a range of paths around the island and near the coastline there are fine views over the coast to Tenby and further east to the Gower

The path passes by St. David’s Church and we called in as the sunlight streamed through an impressive lead stained glass window.

Church leaded glass window on Caldey Island

To the south of the island is Caldey Lighthouse, an impressive building dating from 1829. Walking back along the fields and farm track there’s the Caldey chocolate factory, basically a small workshop kitchen but worth a stop to sample or buy some of the handmade Abbott’s Kitchen chocolate bars. Walking around the island and spending some time in the grounds below the monastery is a pleasant way to spend a few hours before heading to the jetty for the return sailing to Tenby.

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