Two miles north of Tenby, Monkstone Point marks the end of Tenby Roads and the beginning of Saundersfoot Bay.
Looking down on them from the coastal footpath at low tide Monkstone Sands look very inviting, and so they are, for the bathing is safe, the rockpools abundant and the space ample for recreation.
The footpath at this location descends into the woodland near Trevayne Farm and Caravan Park and take the walker through Swallow tree Woods to the southern end of Saundersfoot beach. But it is tempting to make the diversion onto Monkstone Point to be rewarded by magnificent panoramic views of Saundersfoot and Amroth and, in the other direction, Tenby and Caldey Island, or out across Carmarthen Bay to Gower and beyond. Patrons of Trevayne Caravan Park, just a short walk from Monkstone Beach frequent it daily, and swear that it is the best beach in the County, They claim it is even better than beautiful Barafundle near Stackpole, which last year was voted one of the Top 12 Best Beaches in the World.
At the southern end of the beach is an interesting expanse of wave-cut platform beneath black shales and terracotta sandstones, the shales reminding the viewer that this is one of the boundaries of the south Pembrokeshire coalfied, which was extensively mined for centuries to the north-west near Saundersfoot, Kilgetty and Stepaside.
On the clifftop at Monkstone Point are the walled remains of what might have been a monk’s cell linked to Caldey island’s monastic settlement, although there seems to be a lack of information in the records of the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments for Wales. The name of the headland certainly suggests a monastic connection.
Access to Monkstone Sands is easy off the coastal footpath, and it is not too far from both Tenby and Saundersfoot. Motorists will find limited parking at Trevayne Farm near New Hedges, where the coastal path passes through.
The beach is a good place for a family picnic and a paddle and the golden sand makes good building material for sand castles. The rockpools are also worth exlporing and at low tide there is plenty of space for family games of cricket, baseball or football, kite-flying or just walking the dog. There are many opportunities for exploring the coast in organised parties, with facilities at Tenby for the increasingly popular sport of coasteering, a mixture of rock climbing, scrambling, swimming. diving and jumping, all taking place a few meters above or below sea level. It is a development of orienteering only wetter and much more exciting, But it is not recommended without expert tuition, advice and supervision and the best way to approach it is through one of the local providers at the resorts and main beaches around the Pembrokeshire coast. The Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group is probably the best first point of contact. It is a group of stakeholders, working together to ensure that adventure acitivities do not impact inappropriately on the environment.