The impact of increased rainfall in recent months continues to cause issues along the Pembrokeshire coast, with access to Monkstone Beach to remain closed due to safety concerns.

Following heavy rainfall last November, the steps on the public footpath leading to Monkstone beach were damaged and dislodged. A series of cracks had also appeared in the surface of the footpath, indicating movement of the slope.

The footpath was deemed unsafe for pedestrian use, and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority made a temporary closure to restrict public access, and signage and barriers were put in place. 

Speaking of the closure, the Park Authority’s Director of Nature and Tourism, James Parkin, said: “The National Park Authority has sought specialist advice to assess the damage and have been advised that the public footpath should remain closed due to the instability of the slope.

“Our concern for public safety remains the priority and it’s expected that the existing closure order will need to be extended when it expires in May as the longer-term options for the public footpath are assessed.”

While the closure is still in place it means there is no safe way to exit the beach from Monkstone and anyone walking at low tide on the foreshore from Saundersfoot or from Tenby will need to be aware of this when planning their walk. Signage at key points will be put in place to notify the public, as well as updates on the Authority’s website and social media channels.

“The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has faced significant challenges following the increased rainfall in recent months, which has impacted the stability of our beloved coastal paths,” explained County councillor for St Mart Out Liberty (New Hedges) ward, Cllr Rhys Jordan in a post on social media.

“Please note, with the closure in place, there is no safe exit from Monkstone Beach, affecting those planning to walk along the foreshore from Saundersfoot or Tenby at low tide,” continued Cllr Jordan.

“I urge everyone to plan their walks accordingly and pay close attention to signage and updates provided at key points, on the Authority’s website, and through social media channels.

“I understand the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience and cooperation as PCNPA work towards ensuring the safety and enjoyment of our beautiful coastline for all,” he added.