Skrinkle Bay The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Manorbier

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
‘Wild’ camping with fires and sea views

Skrinkle Bay makes a most refreshing campsite find, situated as it is amid the gigantic holiday parks and static caravan cities that litter this part of the Pembrokeshire coastline. In keeping with its humble make-up, just a few subtle green signs point the way to this quiet cliff-top field near Manorbier village; roughly a 10- minute drive from bustling Tenby (Dinbych Y Pysgod).

Skrinkle’s utterly basic, back-to-Nature feel sets it apart from its gaudy neighbours (thankfully, none of which are in sight) and breathes renewed vigour into any world-weary camper. Well, ‘breathes’ isn’t quite the right word; ‘blows’ or ‘propels’ would probably be more apt, as this place is windyyy! Gusts bowl in from the sea, blustering and billowing canvas walls and obliterating any cobwebs that might have crept in to stifle your wilderness instincts.

The exposed upper section of the field is worth a bit of a wind-battering in exchange for the magical coastal and sea views. Pitch up in certain spots, and towards the back of the site, and it looks as though the field drops straight off into the sea. At one side the site dips to form a sheltered alternative area for those not so into the sea view or who don’t want to risk the campfire blowing out. From this corner you can step out of a gate leading straight onto the coastal path, and down further to a set of slanted steps winding their way onto a stony beach.

Sheltered by the raw cliff edges on either side, this beach, known as Church Doors because of the huge door-shaped holes in the rock face, feels neatly hidden away. And when the sea is calm, it’s a rather peachy setting for a morning dip, which more than makes up for the lack of hot showers at the campsite.

If you’ve indulged your wild side enough and fancy edging back into civilisation, start with Tenby. You can take the magnificent coastal path there from Skrinkle Haven Hostel (the campsite’s nearest neighbour), which is approximately five miles.

Returning to your cosy tent after a hard day’s play is all the more satisfying given Skrinkle’s limited facilities. Sitting next to a campfire on a cliff-top perch while the sun sets over the sea, before retiring (sans hot shower) to your temporary night-time shelter quietens those deep-seated desires to live as we once did, without a modern-day creature-comfort in sight. OK, so there’s the car, your box of matches and all the nice bits of camping equipment, but let’s not be pernickety. Skrinkle has a restorative effect on the soul.


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Facilities

3 toilets, cold shower and mains water.

Food & Drink

The Castle Inn in Manorbier village is the nearest, but not so decent. Across the road, the Beach Break Tea Rooms are much nicer and have a licence. But for better choice altogether, head to Tenby. The Buccaneer (01834 842273), St Julian St, serves excellent pub grub and has a lovely beer garden. Another good ’un is Bar 10 (01834 845164), St George’s St, for a thriving atmosphere and excellent food. Ocean Restaurant (01834 844536) serves a cracking dinner, too.

Opening Times

June–Sept.

Accommodation

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Location

Skrinkle Bay, Manorbier, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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Getting There

A40 to St Clears then A477 towards Pembroke Dock. At the roundabout take the A478 to Tenby. From Tenby take the A4139 and at Lydstep you’ll see a left turn to Manorbier and its castle (on a brown sign). Take this left (onto the B4585) and carry on until you see a sign for Skrinkle Haven youth hostel and a campsite (in green), turn left here and go straight on, over the mini roundabout by the playground. You’ll come to an army barracks at the end of the road, turn left and the campsite is on the right (signposted) just before you get to the hostel. There’s a railway station at Tenby, then hop on bus 349 to Manorbier village, where it’s a mile-long walk to the site.

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