Top Five Long Sandy Beaches in Wales
With 750 miles of coastline, Wales has a superb range and variety of beaches; this is our top five for those Wales Holidays self-catering cottage visitors that prefer their beaches long and sandy!
Facing due west, Newgale Sands is a beautiful stretch of beach over 2 miles long located in Pembrokeshire to the south-east of St David’s. It's one of the counties’ pebble backed storm beaches created by a huge storm in 1859. A Blue Flag beach, it attracts surfers and kayakers and, because of the length of the beach and the absence of underwater obstructions, it's also perfect for wind and kite surfing.
To the south of Carmarthen, Cefn Sidan is an 8 mile long stretch of sand edged by a belt of sand dunes along its entire length. This Blue Flag beach falls within Pembrey Country Park which has wildlife trails, natural parkland and pine forest as well as a giant adventure playground, picnics and designated BBQ sites, a 130 metre long dry ski slope and a toboggan run. And if you are an experienced horse rider, a riding centre offers gallops along this magnificent beach.
On the west coast of Wales in Cardigan Bay to the north of Aberystwyth, the picturesque coastal village of Aberdyfi was founded around the building of sailing boats. It is now known for its 4 mile long sandy beach, backed by dunes, that runs all the way north to Tywyn. From the jetty in the centre of the village, the beach (which has donkey rides in the summer) passes the natural rolling links that make up Aberdyfi golf course; as you approach Tywyn, look out for tree stumps in the sand - the remains of a petrified forest which is normally buried but is sometimes exposed as the sands shift, especially in winter time.
Further north up the coast is Dinas Dinlle, located approximately 7 miles south of Caernarfon at the mouth of the Menai Strait. With a large expanse of beach with vast areas of sand from mid-tide level, the foreshore consists of natural pebble banks. On the cliff above the beach is an Iron Age hill fort; eroded by the sea so that only a double semi-circular rampart remains, finds of Roman pottery indicate a reoccupation in the C2nd or C3rd. Dinas Dinlle is another of Wales’ Blue Flag beaches; with good access, it is very popular with surfers and water sports enthusiasts and has a children’s play area at the west end.
On the north coast of Anglesey to the south-east of Benllech, Red Wharf Bay (Traeth Coch) forms an extensive area of some 10 square miles of fine sand at low tide; take care when walking near the low tide mark as it can come back in very quickly. The Bay is a designated nature reserve and attracts a number of birds such as oystercatchers and sandpipers. The stretch of beach most popular with families lies between the village of Red Wharf Bay and Castell Mawr.
All these and other award winning beaches are included on Wales Holidays information pages.