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Published February 21st 2019
Totally terrific Tenby: tons to discover
If you are looking for some rest and relaxation with an adventurous twist, then a day (or days) in Tenby could be exactly what you are looking for. This beautiful harbour town in South Wales is a hidden gem in Pembrokeshire.
You can find the Overhang literally on Castle Beach, housed in a former Lifeboat station. Housed within this idyllic spot is a whole world of climbing and adventure. You can climb or boulder away to your heart's content, supported by a friendly husband-wife team and some incredibly nimble locals. Our 6-year-old son enjoyed an hour of 'bouldering', which involved him following different coloured routes up and along a low climbing wall. A wonderfully soft mat floor ensured no bumpy landings, as he scrambled around the walls.
No harnesses or ropes are required for the low-level bouldering room, but in the main space, you can climb away to the rooftops, along routes that are changed every week. Every level of climbing is catered for here, from absolute beginners to craghoppers. At £5 for an hour's bouldering or £15 for an hour's climbing lesson, this indoor centre is brilliant value for money. There are also options to hire climbing shoes and other equipment, all at a very reasonable hire cost. Check out this website for more details:
Harbwr brewery is an awesome place and the perfect pitstop after a climbing session. Nestled into a side street just above the harbour, it features a brewing floor where the entire brewing process takes place, and a cosy bar and eating area on the first floor. Resident brewers will give you a short but fascinating tour into the different ales and beers on offer, and explain the equipment. The lower floor smells incredible, and it is very satisfying to sample a pint of something that is literally made on the premises. Not only is the award-winning ale both tasty and high quality, but each drink also has its name and taste deeply rooted in Tenby history. You can enjoy a pint at the upstairs bar, or take away ales in four or five packs, as I did.
For more information about this hidden gem, have look here:https://harbwr.wales
Tenby teems with all manner of other activities and attractions, but Barafundle Bay is unmissable. A short and 30-minute minute drive from Tenby will take you to a clifftop walk, and then a magnificent sandy beach. Barafundle is often voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world, and I heartily agree with this. At low tide, the sea scours the beach in to a breathtaking sandy stretch, accessible by some steep steps that hug the cliff. The walk from the nearest car park is a little rugged, but the destination more than makes up for it. We arrived at midday and literally had the entire beach to ourselves. The flat, open space seemed to be itching for some beach art, and so my son and I obliged:
Access to the beach would be tricky for prams and wheelchairs, as there are steps and steep slopes to navigate. Once there, though, this beach is mesmerising. The waves barrel in, and there is absolutely no litter, other than the driftwood and other flotsam that the sea has washed up. It feels like paradise.
Enjoying a moment of tranquility at Barafundle Bay