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Beaches in Pembrokeshire and West Wales

The following beaches are in Pembrokeshire & West Wales and all have either a Blue Flag award, a Seaside Award or are Recommended in the Good Beach Guide.

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Borth Beach

Borth Beach

The beach at high tide is predominantly shingle, anchored by row upon row of wooden groynes.

As the tide retreats about 150 yards of deep clean sand is revealed, extending for over three miles towards Ynyslas. From Borth, the Ceredigion Coastal path runs south to Clarach and Aberystwyth.

Free parking, toilets, food, slipway, beach cleaned daily during the summer, dog restrictions apply May to September; RNLI Lifeguard service 5 July to 7 September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Clarach South

Clarach South

A sand and shingle beach beside a holiday village backed by cliffs; recommended for coastal walks, including a nature trail connecting Clarach Bay and Aberystwyth with panoramic views across Cardigan Bay. Parking available next to the beach, toilets, food, dog restrictions apply May to September. RNLI Lifeguard service 5 July to 7 September. Seaside Award.

Aberystwyth Beaches (North & South)

Aberystwyth Beaches (North & South)

Aberystwyth is sheltered sand and shingle beach in the middle of Cardigan Bay with a promenade, small pier, castle and harbour at the south end. Watersports include surfing, windsurfing, sea-kayaking and sailing. Pay parking, toilets, food, shops (north), dog restrictions apply May to September; RNLI Lifeguard service (north) 5 July to 7 September. Resort Seaside Awards; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Llanrhystud South Beach

Llanrhystud South Beach

A long rural storm terraced pebble beach extending south from the village to Llanon; it is in a Special Landscape Area. Free parking for 15 cars, toilets, beach cleaned daily during the summer. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

New Quay Harbour Beach

New Quay Harbour Beach

Harbour Beach, with its deep golden sands and secluded harbour, offers both bathing and boating facilities at this delightful small coastal town. The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is based here and there are several companies offering boat trips to the nearby bird colonies with the chance of seeing some of the many seals, bottle nosed dolphins and porpoise. Watersports including dinghy sailing, yacht cruises, power boating, windsurfing and kayaking. RNLI Lifeguard service 24 May to 7 September. Two pay car parks, toilets, food, shops, slipway; beach cleaned daily during the summer, dog restrictions apply May to September. New Quay Traeth Gwyn (the eastern end of New Quay’s sweeping bay) is also Good Beach Guide Recommended and Dolau Beach has a Seaside Award - this is just to the south of the harbour. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Llangrannog Beach

Llangrannog Beach

This attractive village, seven miles south of New Quay, has a fine sandy beach in a sheltered cove; coastal paths in the area - walk out to the headland for some spectacular views. Pay Parking, toilets, food, shops, slipway; RNLI Lifeguard service 24 May to 7 September, dog restrictions apply May to September. Llangrannog Cilborth is a secluded sand and rock beach situated in a hidden cove; at low tide it is attached to the main beach at Llangrannog. Blue Flag, Seaside Award and Good Beach Guide Recommended. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Penbryn Beach

Penbryn Beach

An unspoilt rural, long sandy beach in the care of the National Trust; coastal walks along the cliffs afford some panoramic seascapes. Pay parking with a walk down to the beach; toilets, dogs not allowed May to September. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Tresaith Beach

Tresaith Beach

The small village of Tresaith overlooks this attractive sandy beach which is located at the western end of Penbryn beach, a couple of miles east of Aberporth. Limited free car parking, toilets, food, shop and slipway; beach cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year, RNLI Lifeguard service 21 June to 7 September, dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Aberporth Beach

Aberporth Beach

The picturesque village of Aberporth overlooks two sandy beaches with rock pools at low tides; cliff top walks along the Ceredigion Coastal Path provide some superb views. The area is popular for swimming, surfing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. Pay parking for 50 cars, toilets, food, slipway; beach cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year, RNLI Lifeguard service 21 June to 7 September, dogs not allowed on the Dolwen part of the beach May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Mwnt Beach

Mwnt Beach

Cared for by the National Trust, the conical headland of Mwnt overlooks a delightful sheltered sandy beach. In the vicinity, short circular cliff top walks, a medieval sailor's chapel and a wealth of history make this a beautiful destination for visitors; sightings of bottle nosed dolphins, seals and porpoise. Pay parking on the cliff top, toilets, food; beach cleaned daily during the summer, dogs not allowed May to September. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands

Within Cardigan Bay and backed by sand dunes, Poppit Sands West is a large sandy beach at the mouth of the Teifi. The river has a number of slipways and harbours; zoning is in place for fishing. Just south of here is the start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Pay parking for 60-80 vehicles, toilets, food/small shops; beach cleaned manually daily, RNLI Lifeguard service 21 June to 7 September, dog restrictions apply May to September. Seaside Award.

Newport Sands

Newport Sands

Newport Sands is a mile and a half long, wide, flat, dune-backed beach fronting this pleasant small town that was founded at the end of the C12th. The beach has good access, activities include swimming and fishing and the river estuary attracts bird watchers. RNLI Lifeguard service 23 June to 2 September. Pay parking for 100 vehicles, toilets, slipway; beach cleaned manually daily, dogs are allowed. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Cwm-yr-Eglwys Beach

Cwm-yr-Eglwys Beach

Enclosed rural sand and shingle bay with a ruined 12th century church that was destroyed in a storm; Cym yr Eglwys is located on the east side of Dinas Head, north of Dinas Cross. Very popular for boating and water sports enthusiasts because of the slipway and the local boat club. Parking available near the beach, toilets, slipway, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award.

Goodwick Sands

Goodwick Sands

A small sandy beach in Fishguard Harbour from where the ferries sail to Rosslare in Ireland; there is a water sports centre at the beach and it is about 1.5 miles to the town centre. Free parking for 60 cars, toilets, food, shops, slipway; beach cleaned daily, dog restrictions apply May to September. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Aber Mawr Bay Beach

Aber Mawr Bay Beach

A remote rural sandy beach located south of Strumble Head with a pebble bank, backed by earthed cliffs. Low tide exposes tree stumps buried in the sand, the remains of a forest drowned by a sudden flood as an ice sheet melted 8000 years ago. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs along the beach head and offers spectacular scenery. Very limited parking on the roadside verge above the beach; beach cleaned daily, dogs are allowed. Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Abereiddy Bay Beach

Abereiddy Bay Beach

Pebbles and sand made of pounded grey slate form this rural beach and the same slate gives a brilliant deep blue colour to the water in the extraordinarily beautiful little harbour just to the north of the beach. The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy is reached via a pathway and is a flooded former slate quarry working with a tidal channel to sea. The atmospheric ruined quarry buildings can still be seen on the cliff tops and behind the car park. Free car parking next to the beach, toilets; beach cleaned daily during the summer, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Porthselau Beach, St David's

Porthselau Beach, St David's

A small straight sandy beach with rocky outcrops, Porthselau faces north-west giving very good views of St David's Head. Located to the north of Whitesands, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path passes above the beach. No parking available close to the beach; dogs are allowed.

Whitesands Bay

Whitesands Bay

This is wide expanse of fine white sand to the north-west of St David’s, curving towards the remote and rocky St David's Head. This is one of the best surfing beaches in the country and it is also used for windsurfing and canoeing; zoning of activities takes place when the beach is busy. RNLI Lifeguard service 24 June to 7 September. Pay parking is available for 100 cars, toilets, food/shops, slipway; beach cleaned daily, dogs not allowed May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Caerfai Bay, St David's

Caerfai Bay, St David's

Caerfai Bay is a small rocky cove nestling between spectacular cliffs, located a mile south-east of St David's with a sandy beach at low tide; access is via a steep and winding cliff path. Swimming, sea-canoeing and sea-angling take place from the beach. A free car park is situated above the cliffs for about 50 cars, toilets, beach cleaned daily during the summer, dogs are allowed. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Newgale Sands

Newgale Sands

Newgale Sands is a beautiful stretch of beach over 2 miles long. Facing west, this is a popular beach for bathing when calm (although storm winds from the Atlantic can bring spectacular breakers onto the beach) and for those who enjoy walking, power kites, sand buggying, surfing and windsurfing. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path leads to Solva in the west or to Broad Haven in the south. Three car parks adjacent to the beach, toilets, food, shops; RNLI Lifeguard service 23 June to 2 September, beach cleaned daily during the summer, dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Nolton Haven Beach

Nolton Haven Beach

An uncrowded sandy beach in St Brides Bay between Newgale and Broad Haven with rock pools and sheltered bathing; also fishing, surfing, horse riding and boat trips. National Park car park, slipway, Lifeguard service 21 June to 7 September, dogs are allowed. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Druidston Haven Beach

Druidston Haven Beach

Located between Newgale and Broad Haven, this is a long west facing sandy beach with a pebble bank; it is quite secluded with steep cliffs. No parking available at the beach (there is a car park to the south); beach cleaned manually daily, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Broad Haven Beach

Broad Haven Beach

A sandy beach on the west coast of Pembrokeshire offering excellent views over St Brides Bay. The beach is popular with families and the village of Broad Haven nearby town has a number of facilities. Two car parks with about 200 spaces, toilets, shops, RNLI Lifeguard service 21 June to 7 September, beach cleaned daily, dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Little Haven Beach

Little Haven Beach

Just to the south of Broad Haven, Little Haven has a sheltered sandy beach with rock pools and has a slipway for launching boats. This small fishing village has two good pubs and a restaurant. Limited parking, toilets, shops, slipway, dogs allowed. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

St Brides Haven Beach

St Brides Haven Beach

St. Brides Haven is a shingle and pebble beach with rock pools located in a cove south-west of Broad Haven; as it faces north-west it is sheltered from the prevailing wind. Limited free parking for 20 cars, toilets, beach cleaned manually daily; dogs are allowed. Seaside Award.

Martin's Haven Beach

Martin's Haven Beach

Day trips by boat to Skokholm Island are available from Martin’s Haven with walks along the Coastal Path to Musselwick Sands in one direction and Marloes Sands in the other. The beach is made up of a steep shingle and pebble bank. National Trust car park (fee payable for non-members), toilets, beach cleaned daily during the summer, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Marloes Sands

Marloes Sands

Marloes is a large expanse of sandy beach, notable for its cliffs with strange rock formations. The beach is on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Pay parking available for 30+ cars, toilets, beach cleaned daily, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Dale & Westdale

Dale & Westdale

Dale - The village of Dale leads to St Ann’s Head and has a shingle beach with some sand at low tide. Very popular for yachting (Dale ‘Roads’ is always crowded with sailing boats), water skiing and power boating, Dale has a windsurfing centre. Free car parking is available for 100 cars, toilets, food and shops, slipway; beach cleaned daily, dog restrictions apply May to September. Westdale - A dark sandy beach surrounded by cliffs situated on the opposite side of St Ann’s Head from the village of Dale itself; popular with local surfers. The car park in Dale with a footpath leading to Westdale beach; beach cleaned daily, dogs are allowed. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Sandy Haven Beach

Sandy Haven Beach

Located south of Little Haven, this is a remote rocky beach on an estuary with sand exposed at low tide; it looks out over the Milford Haven waterway. Limited parking on the western side but there is parking above the beach on the eastern side of the estuary near Herbrandston; it is possible to walk across the estuary but if you are cut off by the tide, there is a 4 mile walk back! Parking as above, dogs are allowed. Seaside Award.

West Angle Bay

West Angle Bay

A small sheltered sand and rock beach a mile or so from the village of Angle; it is located to the west of Pembroke at the entrance to the Milford Haven waterway. Activities include swimming, walking and rockpooling. Local amenities in the village of Angle, within walking distance. Free parking, toilets, food, slipway, dogs allowed. Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Freshwater West

Freshwater West

A sandy beach, backed by dunes and surrounding headland, popular with water sports enthusiasts and fishermen. Partly managed by the National Trust, to the rear of the beach is a unique structure of sand dunes and reed beds, which are home to choughs and other birds. Free parking, toilets, RNLI Lifeguard service 21 June to 7 September; dogs are allowed. Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Broad Haven South Beach

Broad Haven South Beach

Broadhaven South is a large sandy rural beach surrounded by a rugged coastline, with access via the National Trust car park; alternatively, the beach can be accessed from the Stackpole Centre or from the Bosherston lakes car park. National Trust car park (fee payable for non-members), toilets, beach cleaned daily, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Barafundle Bay Beach

Barafundle Bay Beach

The Bay is situated south of Pembroke and the beach is in the care of The National Trust with access via a short walk from Stackpole Quay. Golden sands backed by sand dunes and ringed by trees make up one of Pembrokeshire's most stunning beaches and the isolation and clear blue sea add to its beauty. Parking at Stackpole Quay, toilets, food, beach cleaned regularly, dogs allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Freshwater East Beach

Freshwater East Beach

This sandy beach is in a bay south-east of Pembroke and is backed by dunes in front the village of Freshwater East. The Coastal Path leads to Stackpole Quay to the west and Swan Lake Bay and Manorbier Bay to the east. Pay parking, toilets, food, shops and slipway; dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Manorbier Bay Beach & Swan Lake Bay

Manorbier Bay Beach & Swan Lake Bay

Manorbier Bay Beach - A small, beautiful sand and rock beach surrounded by cliffs and dunes; close to the picturesque village and the castle, it is extremely popular with bathers and surfers. Pay car park for 160 vehicles, toilets, shops; beach cleaned daily, dogs are allowed. Swan Lake Bay - Backed by low cliffs, this is an isolated shingle beach to the west of Manorbier with sand flats exposed at low tide; the area is designated as a SSSI. No parking available near to the beach; dogs allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Lydstep Haven Beach

Lydstep Haven Beach

Lydstep Haven, south-west of Tenby, is a very pretty beach consisting of sand and pebbles, backed by impressive wooded cliffs at either end. There is an entrance fee to use the facilities at the beach which include jet skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, amusement arcades and a leisure centre. At the north end of the beach there is a small sandy area exposed at low tide. Pay parking for 40 cars, toilets, food, slipway, beach cleaned daily; dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Priory Bay, Caldey Island

Priory Bay, Caldey Island

Priory Bay has a long sand and pebble beach with a small jetty where boats from the mainland arrive from Tenby. The island is home to Cistercian monks and has a small village as well as the monastery. Toilets, shops, dogs must be kept on a lead. Green Coast Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Penally Beach

Penally Beach

A large sandy beach that runs from Giltar Point to Tenby and is backed by dunes. Parking for 50 cars, toilets, dogs are allowed. Green Coast Award; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Tenby (South Beach, Castle Beach and North Beach)

Tenby (South Beach, Castle Beach and North Beach)

South Beach is a long sandy beach backed and becomes less crowded the further you walk. At low tide the northern end joins up with Castle Beach which is situated between Castle Hill and the East Cliff; at low tide you can walk out to St. Catherine's Island. The small sandy North Beach has a promenade and is backed by cliffs and the town; one of the area's most popular beaches, dominated by Goscar rock and the medieval town wall. About 200 pay parking spaces near to South Beach, toilets and all the facilities of the town close by; RNLI Lifeguard service 21 June to 7 September (from 24 May on Tenby South; beaches cleaned manually daily. Dog restrictions apply May to September on Tenby South and Castle Beach and no dogs allowed May to September on Tenby North Beach. Blue Flag (North & South); Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Waterwynch Bay

Waterwynch Bay

At high tide, the beach on Waterwynch Bay (located south-east of New Hedges) shrinks back to the pebbles. At low tide, it opens into a large beach with lovely sandy bays to left and right. Parking is very limited; dogs are allowed. Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Monkstone Beach

Monkstone Beach

A beach of fine golden sand to the north of Tenby with occasional rocks and a pebble bank; backed by steep cliffs (which can be unstable and should not be climbed), access is via a path with over 150 steps. Parking half a mile walk (and those steps) from the beach; dogs are allowed. Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Saundersfoot & Wisemans Bridge

Saundersfoot & Wisemans Bridge

Saundersfoot - A very popular sandy beach situated in front of the village with a small harbour, with shallow water making it ideal for swimming. Walks in the area include one to Wiseman’s Bridge through a cliff tunnel. Pay parking for 100+ cars, toilets, food, shops, slipway; RNLI Lifeguard service 21 June to 7 September; beach cleaned daily, dog restrictions apply May to September. Wisemans Bridge - A sandy beach with a shingle and pebble bank, it is north-east of and within walking distance of Saundersfoot; less busy than Amroth during the summer season. Free parking above the beach but limited space; toilets, food, dogs are allowed. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.

Amroth

Amroth

A large sandy beach backed by cliffs, a promenade and the village. Used for swimming, windsurfing, jet skiing and fishing; no zoning for water sports. Free parking for 60 cars; toilets, food, shops, slipway; RNLI Lifeguard service 5 July to 7 September; beach cleaned daily, dog restrictions apply May to September. Blue Flag; Seaside Award; Good Beach Guide Recommended.