The closure of a public coastal footpath leading to a popular beach between Tenby and Saundersfoot due to safety concerns, is to be extended due to a ‘lack of funding’ - meaning that the route will be off limits until beyond the summer.

The Welsh Government has approved an extension to the temporary closure of the public footpath to Monkstone Beach until November 23.

Following heavy rainfall last November, the footpath was deemed unsafe for pedestrian use, with the steps leading to the beach damaged and dislodged.

A series of cracks had also appeared in the surface of the footpath, indicating movement of the slope, leading to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority restricting public access.

“As you can appreciate, the scale of the detailed surveys and any future potential works are significant,” said a spokesperson for PCNPA.

“Additionally, the situation remains unchanged in that the Authority does not currently have the funding for this work. Options are being looked at.”

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.