Description

Lydstep Caverns Beach is a sandy beach located west of Lystep Head, and is only worth visiting on a very low tide - otherwise, it's mostly underwater.

The beach is backed by high limestone cliffs and is a popular venue for climbers. As its name suggests, it has some spectacular caves and arches, and it's a good beach for fossil collecting - corals being very common.

Parking is either at Lydstep Head or Skrinkle Haven. Lydstep Head is the closest one and is reached by turning off in Lydstep village onto a byway signposted as a no-through road. After about 300 yards along this very bumpy lane, a turning on the right leads to the (free) National Trust car park at the top of the hill. From here, take the coastal path westwards to the bottom of the valley, where the way onto Lydstep Caverns Beach can be seen.

The Lydstep Cavens

It is only at the equinoctial spring-tides, and not always then, that the Lydstep caverns to the extreme right and left are accessible; the rocks over which explorers can pass.

The cavern farthest to the west is one of the best. It is magnificent looking seawards from which, to the right, is an enormous cliff, rising nearly perpendicular from the shore. To the left the cliffs are steep, while the roof of the cavern is curiously perforated; the rocks below high-water mark are covered with seaweed, whose varied hues assist in adding a degree of enchantment to this picturesque and beautiful scene.

There are numerous caverns with funnel openings above, and there are many others deep and highly picturesque. One, in particular, has received a name from its singular appearance; it is a yawning chasm in the face of the cliff. At the centre of the cave, there is believed to be an excellent image of the face of a colossal bear. As if crouching in the cave, with his nose on the water's edge.

On the same beach, but a little further to the west, is another cave called The Droch. Here, an entrance 20 feet wide and 50 feet high opens out into a chamber 60 feet wide and 60 feet high, a short distance along the coast again is a rift filled with Pleistocene material. The coast certainly lives up to its name, the 'Bay of Caves' as there are many more sea caves here which may also be visited, provided, of course, that you remember to bring a torch and keep a close eye on the tide.

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Location

SA70 7SD, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

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