Lydstep cliffs and caverns walk

Lydstep, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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Lydstep Head from the air © Sid Howells

Lydstep Head from the air

Looking towards Caldey Island from Lydstep Head © Richard Ellis

Looking towards Caldey Island from Lydstep Head

Kidney vetch on the cliff edge at Lydstep © Richard Ellis

Kidney vetch on the cliff edge at Lydstep

Route overview

A great clifftop walk for wildlife watching. The grassland is rich in wild flowers and butterflies, while the cliffs are home to choughs, fulmars, razorbills and gulls. There are marvellous views out to sea. On clear days you can see Lundy Island and the Somerset coast, and you might be lucky enough to spot dolphins or porpoises offshore. 

Route details

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Map showing the route of a 1 mile walk round Lydstep Head, Pembrokeshire
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Lydstep Head car park, grid ref: SS087977

  1. From the car park walk towards the sea past a concrete pillar and Second World War gun emplacement. Where the path divides, turn right for a view of the beach, caverns and across to Manorbier Artillery Range.

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    On a clear day the views from Lydstep headland are stunning.

    Lydstep Head from the air © Sid Howells
  2. Follow the path round to the left through the gorse bushes. You may meet the cattle who graze the headland for us.

  3. When the bushes open out onto the coastal grassland youll see Caldey Island with its lighthouse ahead of you. On clear days look for Lundy Island and the Somerset coast on the horizon.

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    People have lived on Caldey since the stone age. Today it's the home of an order of Cistercian monks.

    Looking towards Caldey Island from Lydstep Head © Richard Ellis
  4. The limestone cliffs, with their dramatic vertical folds, are popular with climbers and you may see anglers on the rocks below.

  5. As you reach the end of the headland, views open up of Giltar Point and the whole of Carmarthen Bay round to Gower.

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    The short turf here is rich in wild flowers. Look for spring squill, orchids and kidney vetch, and also butterflies in spring and summer.

    Kidney vetch on the cliff edge at Lydstep © Richard Ellis
  6. Follow the coast round to the spectacular quarry overlooking Lydstep Haven, a large and well landscaped holiday resort.

  7. Carry on through a small patch of woodland and back to the car park.

  8. To explore the caverns, bear right where you leave the car park and go down the 100 steps to the beach. NB. The caverns are only accessible at low tide so check the times if you want to explore them.

End: Lydstep Head car park, grid ref: SS087977

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 158
  • Terrain:

    On the headland, mostly level with grassy slopes. Can be muddy underfoot under the trees. There are 100 steps down to the beach and caverns (optional). Dogs on leads are welcome.

  • How to get here:

    By bus: From Tenby or Haverfordwest to Lydstep village. For information on the nearest routes see Traveline-Cymru

    By train: Nearest station Tenby (5.5 miles/8.85km). Details at Traveline-Cymru

    By car: A4139 Pembroke to Tenby road, then the lane from Lydstep village to the headland. Post code SA70 7SE


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