The Pembrokeshire Coast Path & Caldey Island
By Mari Lydford, Walk Co-ordinator The Walking Holiday Company.
Caldey Island lies just off the Pembrokeshire Coast, is a three mile boat ride from Tenby on the south Pembrokeshire coast and is well worth a visit. Many of our clients booking with The Walking Holiday Company take a rest day at Tenby, spend a little time in the town and then head over to the holy island of Caldey for a visit. The island is home to Cistercian Monks, the beautiful Caldey Abbey, with its unusual Italianate style of architecture was built in 1910, and monastic services are conducted daily at 12.15pm and 2.20pm, the island is closed to the public on Sundays.
You can visit the island from Easter to the end of October with limited sailings in April and October and all crossings are subject to the weather conditions. The crossing takes approximately 20 minutes and costs around £12.00 per person, the boats depart from near St Catherine’s Fort on the South Beach at Tenby. On arrival you have a short walk from the jetty to the island centre, here you will find the tea gardens, a tiny post office and museum, gift and perfume shops, the chocolate factory and toilets. If you head south to the lighthouse you can pick up the coast path and walk around part of the island on a well trodden path before returning to the centre. The monks still farm part of the island, but now live financially independently on the money they make from tourism. Most visitors head straight for the centre of the island, but, if you want a huge empty beach then head no further than Priory Bay at the jetty, relax and watch the boats head to and from Tenby.