Holidays in West Wales
Beaches in Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire is probably unique in Great Britain in that it has more Blue Flag Beaches and Seaside Award Beaches than any other County. With over 50 beaches in Pembrokeshire to choose from, you are bound to find the perfect one within easy reach of your holiday cottage.
ABERBACH (St.Nicholas) – Legend has it that at Aberbach beach a farmer caught a mermaid and was able to woo her into becoming his wife. This beautiful little beach is situated 3 miles from Fishguard along the coast towards St David’s and is a quiet contrast to its wilder neighbour Abermawr. If you would like to explore a rural but still safe little beach then Aberbach is very suitable. It is almost never crowded and is very private. If you are looking for somewhere to watch the sunset on a romantic weekend away or may just somewhere to read a good book in a sheltered cove then this is the place to go.
ABERCASTLE – Abercastle is a picturesque little harbour with a small sand and shingle beach. The village stretches from a small turn in the road out along the cliff edge towards the beach where the shore line is dotted with small bustling boats.The small harbour at Abercastle is still busy, serving small fishing fleets that bring in fresh fish daily to the local pubs and restaurants in near by Trefin and Porthgain.
ABEREIDDY – Nestled at the end of a winding road, past traditional Welsh cottages with lime grouted slate roofs, lies Abereiddy beach. It is an attractive place with dark grey sand with pebbles. This historical place is good for swimming, fishing, kayaking and fossil hunting in particular. If you visit during the autumn you can quite often see seals bobbing around the coast.
ABERFELIN - Near the Pembrokeshire village of Trefin is a wonderful sand and shingle beach nestled between rocky cliffs and surrounded by rock pools. Getting to the beach involves following a small path and clambering across the rocks, but in case that is not for you then there is a bench near by with spectacular views over the beach.
ABERMAWR – Abermawr beach is arguably one of Pembrokeshire’s most breathtaking beaches. Secluded, remote and incredibly peaceful it is certainly worth a visit, at sunset an orange glow fills the entire sky all the way to the horizon. he beach is famed for its pebbles, take a walk along the shoreline and you won’t be able to resist a collection of beautiful stones full of whirling colourful patterns.
AMROTH - This is where the Wales Coast Path reaches Pembrokeshire. Or if you are traveling from Carmarthenshire then Amroth is the start of your journey into the Pembrokeshire coast national park but from the other direction it is a great finale to your visit to South West Wales. Either way this charming beach should be top of any visitors list when holidaying in Pembrokeshire.
BARAFUNDLE BAY - Near Stackpole is considered not only one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK but also in the world, appearing in top 20 lists on many occasions. Part of the Stackpole estate and under the care of the National Trust this breathtaking beach is a remote haven of tranquility. Access to the beach is by steps along the cliff edge which unfortunately makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs or push chairs. The sand is golden and the water is incredibly clear, two features that contributed to the beach being awarded a seaside award and a green coast award.
BROAD HAVEN – If you are eager to explore some beach games and still want to be able to swim safely then Broad Haven beach is a good choice. This popular beach has been an attractive seaside resort for nearly two hundred years. All conveniences are located near by and access to the beach is by way of a slipway. There are two car parks available close to the beach. The beach offers plenty of space for surfing, sailing, kayaking and good swimming. Broad Haven is a perfect choice for holidays in Pembrokeshire with lots of luxury cottages close at hand.
BROAD HAVEN SOUTH – is a spectacular beach near Bosherston. Bright, vibrant colours from the sea and land bounce off the golden sand and show off this award winning beach. The bay is a beautiful wide curve with soft sand that welcomes the sea. The beach’s cleanliness is reflected in a recommendation from the marine conservation society and the beauty and diversity of wildlife in the surrounding area are now a nature reserve under the care of the National Trust.
CAERFAI - Caerfai is a sun trap, perfect for small families, this little cove near St David’s has rocks to ramble through and explore. At low tide the beach is a sandy beach and is great for building sand castles with forts and rivers from the streams coming out of the rock pools. The beach is approached down some steps from the cliff top where there is some parking and views across the bay can be enjoyed.
CEIBWR – Ceibwr beach on the south side of Cardigan bay is near the remote village of Moylegrove and is well worth the long drive along twisting and winding roads from the A487. The deep blue water surrounds impressive outcrops of rock and cliff edges. The folds in the cliff are the consequence of glacial erosion making Ceibwr a site of geological interest. The beach itself is small with pebble and grey sandy. There is a stream running through it with water from the surrounding hills which makes a gentle paddling spot on the beach.
CHURCH DOORS COVE – Church Doors Cove near Lydstep, is a small golden sanded treasure of a beach on the other side of a magnificent divided break in the rocks. The cliffs part like church doors and the cove is surrounded by caves. The cove can only be reached at low tide so it is a place for friends rather than families. Visit Church Doors Cove if you want somewhere unusual to stroll on your romantic weekend away. Marvel at the amazing cliff faces and caves. For a walking holiday in Wales be sure to include this National Trust trail from Lydstep Head. Follow it to explore the caverns and cliffs of Church Doors Cove.
COPPET HALL – is a family friendly beach with golden sand, this coastal holiday destination is perfect for a summer getaway. Enjoy spending time on this blue flag beach with the whole family. Dogs are allowed all year round at the north end of the beach. If your children are rock pooling enthusiasts then explore the east end of the beach. Coppet hall is a quieter alternative to Saundersfoot beach which is only a short walk away, but still has toilets near by including disabled facilities. Where the sand meets the cliff edge you can take a walk through the old tramway tunnels to reach Saundersfoot where you can grab a bite to eat from a variety of restaurants or cafes. Try the Kookaba restaurant for a quirky Australian themed meal. For a Pembrokeshire holiday close to to beach check out our Beachside apartments or Luxury Cottages in Saundersfoot.
CWM yr EGLWYS – is a busy little beach on the edge of a small hamlet near Dinas Cross. Turn off the A487 just outside the village and follow the winding road down to the small cove beyond the cottages. The road to the beach is very narrow and busy for cars so you could use the Poppit Rocket and be dropped off at Pwllgwaelod, a small beach along the coastal path from Cwm yr Eglwys. This beautiful little beach is perfect for families. At low tide there is plenty of sand otherwise it is a pebble and shingle beach.
DALE - is a pretty seaside village with a fantastic reputation for water sports. For an outdoors holiday then this part of the Pembrokeshire coast national park has a lot to offer. If you are visiting the beach at Dale for the day then you could pick up the Puffin Shuttle from St Davids and follow the coastal road until you reach Dale. Grab an ice cream and enjoy dangling your toes over the harbour wall into the water. From here you can watch the windsurfing and sailing unfold. The beach here is not always suitable for swimming so you should visit neighboring Watwick Bay, a cove attached to Dale. The beach is in a picturesque location and is great to explore on a family holiday. The historic Dale Fort building has now become an outdoor learning centre. Offering courses for all the family from ecology to snorkelling and painting courses, it is well worth a look.
DRUIDSTON - is a beautiful, idyllic beach and shows the Pembrokeshire coast in some of its best light. If you are lucky you might be the only couple strolling along the seashore as this beach is quiet. Recently awarded a green coast award this beach is rural but still considered safe, clean and enjoyable. It has dramatic cliffs which can be explored by foot on the lower levels - especially at low tide. The water has quite strong currents so is not ideal for swimming.The breathtaking scenery and broad stretch of sand make it a great place to take a long walk whilst staying in Pembrokeshire on a romantic holiday.
EAST ANGLE BAY - Perfect for bird watching. Spend your birdwatching holiday near East Angle Bay. This quiet beach in the Pembrokeshire National Park is surrounded by mud flats and is near the mouth of the Cleddau Estuary. It attracts a variety of birds including oystercatchers, redshanks, teal and plover all of which can be seen feeding at low tide.Check out our Luxury Cottages in Angle to be nearby.
FRESHWATER EAST – A wide bay of golden sand backed by dunes with a stream running through the beach at its southern end. Freshwater East has been a popular destination for holidaying in Pembrokeshire for many years, the area is still growing in popularity due to the breathtaking landscape and magnificent beaches. FBM Holidays have Luxury cottages on the beach,holiday cottages and Chalets close by for the best beach holidays.
FRESHWATER WEST – For a surfing holiday in Pembrokeshire, Freshwater West is where you should go. This fantastically wild beach is famed for its incredible and continuous surf. The surf can reach up to 6ft and covers the whole bay. The beach is considered one of the jewels in Pembrokeshire’s crown and the National Trust have called it Pembrokeshire’s wildest beach.
GELLISWICK – Gelliswick Bay is the home of the Pembrokeshire Yacht club. This large sand and shingle beach is a good place for launching into the sea. The sand has a slight red colour and the beach is surrounded by a green outcrop. The beach is popular with sailors from Hakin and near by Milford Haven.
GOODWICK SANDS – Goodwick Sands is an attractive little beach of sand and shingle. It sits enclosed near the Parrog in Goodwick, Fishguard. The beach is brilliant for very little children to explore for shells and pebbles and they should keep their eyes peeled out to sea for a seal or two bobbing about in the bay. The ferry crossing to Ireland happens at the other end of the bay so you can watch Goodwick burst into life as people come off the ferry.
LINDSWAY BAY – Lindsway Bay is a small and secluded area of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Beautifully tranquil, Lindsway Bay is the perfect place to bathe and relax in the quiet Pembrokeshire waters taking in the stunning surrounding scenery. It is only possible to meet this quiet area of sandy coast by foot, with the nearby picturesque village of St Ishmaels, some 700 metres away providing parking and toilet facilities, and a delicious meal at cosy and welcoming village pub The Brook Inn. Dogs are allowed all year round on Lindsway Bay, and are also very welcome in the bar area of the The Brook Inn, allowing mans best friend to enjoy a well earned rest too.
LITTLE HAVEN – is a small and picturesque Pembrokeshire beach side village. With its seaside award and enclosed bay, Little Haven is the perfect place for families to swim safely or just relax on the gorgeous sunny beach. With toilet, parking, and snack facilities close at hand and the regularly passing Pembrokeshire puffin shuttle bus at Little Haven, families do not need to venture far to gain access to whatever they might need. However, if you are feeling in need of an adventure, why not walk the push chair, and wheelchair friendly path to The Point, an incredible viewing spot looking out across the coastline.
LOWER FISHGUARD – Spend an afternoon of your holiday in Pembrokeshire strolling around the cottages and out to the waters edge. Parking and toilets are available on the quay just by the bridge. There is no access to the beach but it's very pretty and the water is often popular for a spot of crabbing when the tide is in, but if you don’t fancy catching your own then keep a look out for a blackboard by the bridge advertising fresh crab and lobster. The old town is framed by cliffs with Fishguard on one side and the old Napoleonic fort on the other. If you head north on the road out of lower town you can visit the viewing point at the top, grab and ice cream from the van and wander towards the fort.
MANORBIER –Manorbier Bay has a golden sanded beach, situated in south Pembrokeshire near the popular town of Tenby. The beach has a pebble bank and has rocks on either side which make it suitable for a spot of rock pooling. Surfers on holiday in Wales often head to Manorbier as the surf is popular. Before venturing out to enjoy the water stay up to date with what it is like at magic seaweed. It is also popular with swimmers but care should be taken with the occasional strong currents, especially when the waves are high. There are toilets available near the beach including disabled facilities. Disabled access is also available near by with a viewing platform of the bay at the top of the beach.
MARLOES SANDS – Marloes Sands is the most recent Pembrokeshire beach to have been snapped up by Hollywood. Beautifully featured in the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman, the beach is shown off as a truly wild and rugged place. This magnificent beach is never crowded and is a place to let the wind blow away the cobwebs while you walk along the shoreline with the waves crashing at your feet. Keep a look out by your toes though as the beach is considered a good fossil hunting site! Unfortunately there are no facilities on the beachside but there are toilets, cafes and small shops available in Marloes village.
MARTINS HAVEN – Martin’s Haven is the doorway to the fantastic wildlife Islands of Pembrokeshire. This pretty little beach has boats leaving to Skokholm and Skomer on a regular basis. Book one to travel to these important and very beautiful nature reserves, which are managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. The beach itself is a small rocky and partially sanded bay with rugged rocks breaking the waves as they meet the shore, it is still part of the Skomer marine nature reserve and as National Trust land is protected accordingly. It is a particular hotspot for seeing Seals basking on the rocks, so if you would like to see some wildlife up close whilst you are on holiday in Pembrokeshire then this beach is a good place to visit. The wildlife also continues under the water with Martin’s Haven being a popular place for diving.
MONKSTONE – Monkstone is a beautiful beach. The views stretch for miles around and the clear water sparkles into the sky, forget the city at this quiet beach and relax on the golden sand and be refreshed after a weekend away. The beach is a quiet alternative to near by Saundersfoot or Tenby and is a haven for those seeking a peaceful beach, it is a Marine conservation recommended beach and has plenty of rock pools to explore as well as a good stretch of sand to play games on or build sand castles/sculptures. Watch out for the incoming tide though, it's easy to get cut off here.
MUSSELWICK – Let your holiday gradually unfold as you spend a romantic day on Musselwick sands. This truly special beach only appears at low tide. The water retreats from the precarious cliffs and uncovers golden sand along the one kilometer stretch of the shore. For a romantic weekend in Pembrokeshire a trip to this quiet beach is necessary. Situated close to the ruggedly beautiful Marloes sands, Musselwick is accessed from the coastal path. Join the path from the Marloes to Martin’s Haven road. The path descends steeply on steps cut into the rock so take care as you near the sand. The final few steps are across the rocks and rock pools.
NEWGALE - has become a magnet for the surfer, the runner, and the compulsive beach walker. This long expansive beach with a pebble bank has sand stretching far out into the horizon at low tide, the waves start breaking early and you can see them layering up as they meet the Pembrokeshire Coast. You can reach the beach through the Celtic trail, follow these directions for a route along the coast. Newgale is an ever popular beach for a walk in the evening or on a Sunday afternoon, there are three car parks available which are often also populated by a striking variety of surfers’ campers. Toilets are available in three places along the beach near the car park. There is a pub and surf shop at one end and a beachside shop at the other.
NEWPORT PARROG – Newport Parrog beach is a small pebble and grey sand beach on the edge of the old Norman village of Newport in north Pembrokeshire. Sit on the giant rocks after a long day walking and cherish an evening looking out at this historic landscape and the breathtaking sunsets. The Parrog is easily accessed and toilets and parking are near the beach, dogs are also welcome all year round. There is a popular restaurant also selling Ice Cream right on the sea shore, look out for Morawelon. Newport does get very busy during the summer months so it might be worth arriving by Poppit Rocket to avoid the stresses of finding somewhere to park.
NEWPORT SANDS – Newport Sands is a beach with a spectacular view. Look out towards the sun setting on the far side of Dinas head. This beautiful land mark of the Pembrokeshire coast is often named by locals as the sleeping whale, framing the landscape it brings a peacefulness to Newport Sands which you should enjoy on a weekend away in Wales. The beach has all the facilities you might need on site such as toilets, parking and an ice cream van. Sand dunes separate the beach from the increasingly popular Newport links golf course. Try a round of golf whilst over looking the waves coming into the shore to meet the Nevern Estuary.
NOLTON HAVEN - is a golden sand and shingle beach a little way along from the impressive Newgale beach. For something a little less quiet but equally accessible for a family day out then Nolton Haven is a good choice. Why not take the coastal road that twists and turns its way around the cliff edge from Newgale. Along the way you could stop off and look out to sea, admire the expansive coastline or keep an eye out for wildlife on the horizon. There is plenty of parking available near the beach as well as toilet facilities, access to the beach is also possible by way of a slip way. Dogs are allowed on Nolton Haven all year round, but they specifically ask for visitors to the beach to be responsible. Nolton Haven benefits from a Seaside award which recognizes that the beach is safe, clean and well managed.
PENALLY – Strictly speaking, this is part of Tenby’s South Beach, but is a sand and shingle beach and is gloriously secluded and perfect for a romantic stroll across the sandy shores of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Dog restrictions do not apply to the beach at Penally so feel free to enjoy a brisk morning walk across Penally sands, taking in the beautifully serene surroundings.FBM have a great range of holiday cottages nearby.
POPPIT SANDS – is the most northerly beach of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It can be the beginning of your journey along the path or the end, depending on whether you head north or south. It is situated at the mouth of the River Teifi and is a very popular beach owing to it being near the town of Cardigan and ancient village of St Dogmaels. Both of these make for a good day or evening out, with plenty to see and good restaurants and coffee shops available in Cardigan. Poppit beach is well worth a visit, its golden sand and sheltered spot make it a popular choice for families. It is also popular for wildlife watching, fishing and canoeing. It is also possible to swim here, though extra care should be taken as there can be strong currents where the sea meets the estuary. Be sure to follow the seasonal lifeguards advice and stay within the flags. There are toilets, including those for the disabled near the beach and there is also a small cafe. Seasonal dog restrictions apply at Poppit and the beach benefits from blue flags and a Seaside award.
PORTCLAIS – Porthclais is a charming little cove near St David’s. It is a popular little harbour for small boats and is perfect for launching little fishing boats into the sea. The land is protected by the National Trust and is abundant in history and wildlife. For previous generations the harbour was a small export point for coal and timber, but in recent years it has welcomed tourists to enjoy the beautiful landscape. The National Trust provide a small kiosk near the car park and they serve delicious teas, smoothies and homemade cakes and biscuits. Why not stop off here on your walking holiday in Pembrokeshire.
PORTHGAIN – an historical gem in the Pembrokeshire National Park. The former brickworks factory stand as ruined remains to an industry once vibrant in this small harbour. Follow the coastal path from the left of the harbour and you will stumble upon the remains of quarry works and worker’s cottages. Today you can visit this busy little village and look out at the distant horizon or look at the refreshing water in the deep harbour. Fishing is still an important industry at Porthgain, lobster pots and fishers' stores adorn the harbour edges and the popular Shed Bistro serves up delicious Fish and Chips in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
PORTHMELGEN – is a charming little cove on the North side of Whitesands Bay, there are no facilities at the beach. It is situated between Whitesands bay and St David’s head. Spend time on this small and private beach and admire the rugged scenery around you. The beach is sandy at low tide and there are pebbles near the cliff edge. Access to the beach is from the coastal path with parking, toilets and a cafe available at near by Whitesands beach.
PORTHSELE – is an attractive beach near Whitesands Bay close to the Cathedral City ofSt David’s. The beach has golden sand at low tide and is a good place to swim. The water is a beautiful turquoise blue and is the perfect compliment to a day in the sun while on holiday in the Pembrokeshire National Park. Surrounded by sandstone cliffs Porthsele is a small place without any facilities close by. Toilets, a cafe and parking are available at Whitesands, however. To reach Porthsele start walking along the coast path and follow a small track down to the small beach.
PRIORY BEACH – is the beach to escape to. Situated on Caldey Island, a monastic island off the coast from Tenby. An active lay community supports a busy monastery on Caldey and the beach is your landing point on the island and it instantly makes you feel like you have arrived home. The shoreline here is of golden sand and it is a wild beach perfect for young children to explore. The water is very good for swimming or bathing and due to it being on the Island is not often busy.
PWLL GWAELOD- is a peaceful little cove on the North Pembrokeshire Coast. Located at the end of a small road from the village of Dinas Cross, it is in one of the most popular parts of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Turn off the A487 in the centre of the village and follow the road down hill, there is a car park near the beach. The cove itself is small and is sheltered by cliffs on either side, making it a safe place for families. The water is also very suitable for swimming whilst the sand and shingle give the beach a rugged and wild feel.
SANDY HAVEN – As its name suggests, Sandy Haven is a small and secluded sandy beach at the mouth of an estuary teeming with aquatic life. Access to the estuary is easily reached via a slipway, however venturing onto the golden shores of Sandy Haven beach is a little trickier, down a passage of rocky steps. Once on the seashore take time to explore the many rock pools of Sandy Haven, abundant in a vast variety of anemones, seaweeds and crabs.
SAUNDERSFOOT – Saundersfoot is a small, vibrant and busy resort on the South Pembrokeshire coast, with a south east facing beach. The golden sand and good swimming make it one of the most popular family escapes for a self catering holiday near the beach. It has been a popular holiday destination since the 20th century. Originally it was a hunting retreat for wealthy landowners but as the town grew up it became a coal exporting hub before settling into its current identity as a beach side escape. With clean fresh sand it is a perfect bucket and spade beach for children to enjoy.
SOLVA – Pembrokeshire has many small harbours to explore. Solva is a must on that list. This attractive and peaceful harbour is dotted with small fishing and sailing boats. There isn’t much of a beach at Solva but the harbour wall is a great place to sit and watch the sunset through the small wooded valley that frames the mouth of the sea. Enjoy watching the fishing boats come and go as they deliver fresh lobster and crab to the near by restaurants. For a special evening out then the Old Pharmacy offers fine cuisine with a well deserved reputation. The village itself is a good place to spend an afternoon, with plenty of small shops and small galleries to look around - you can get a true taste of Pembrokeshire. You can join the Pembrokeshire coastal path from the west side of the harbour, head along the path past the ruined lime kilns and continue through the trees up to the cliff top.
St BRIDES HAVEN – Perfectly situated on the south westerly region of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St Brides Haven is a hidden gem of sandy shores and turquoise waters. Only accessible via a paved foot path 200 metres in length, St Brides is indeed a haven of tranquillity where families and friends alike can relax and enjoy the delights presented by this Haven, rich in Pembrokeshire wildlife. If you feel like indulging in a little Pembrokeshire adventure whilst on holiday then choose St Brides, it is renowned as a top Pembrokeshire spot for both swimming and snorkeling. If you would like to enjoy the Pembrokeshire aquatic wildlife more intimately why not enrol at the West Wales diving school and dive head first into the Pembrokeshire Coastal landscape. If you would prefer to remain above sea level, why not try a spot of fishing. St Brides is famous for its seafood, supplying many restaurants across the county with its delicious fruits of the sea.
STACKPOLE QUAY – The Stackpole estate is a beautiful part of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Lovingly maintained by the National trust it has many delights and is a fantastic place to spend a week away. Stackpole Quay is a small, rugged and peaceful place. The old stone harbour walls shelter a delightful harbour of turquoise blue water. The shore line itself is predominantly pebble with golden sand visible at low tide and overlooked by jagged cliffs under rolling farmland. The Pembrokeshire coast offers many suitable locations for coasteering and climbing and Stackpole Quay is a popular choice for those starting out with coasteering. The rugged cliff edges offer a mixed terrain. Celtic Quest Coasteering offer one day courses to help you get started. If you are in need of a more relaxing and leisurely break away from work then why not wander through the Stackpole parkland. There is plenty to see and do, soak up the history of this ruined estate or simply get lost in the beautiful gardens, surrounded by wildlife.
SWANLAKE BAY - Swanlake Bay is a tranquil little cove near Manorbier in South Pembrokeshire. Enjoy walking along the golden sand looking out to sea on a quiet day out. Access to the beach is a short walk from Manorbier, it is dog friendly and is surrounded by open countryside. There are no facilities at the beach itself. It is framed by small cliffs making it a little sheltered and therefore suitable for swimming. If being on holiday in the Pembrokeshire National Park with its breathtaking coastline inspires you to take to the water then Swanlake Bay is good for a spot of light surfing. The outer reef surf school offers a range of surf lessons for different abilities and are affordably priced. Choose from weekend or day courses or ones tailored specifically for beginners or children. An evening walk on Swanlake Bay will fill you with the warmth of the sun.
TENBY CASTLE – Tenby Castle Beach is a miniature cove cradled by the waves that disappears with the tide. It is quiet, relaxing but equally accessible. Being linked to South Beach you could end up here after a long sun drenched walk along the expansive coast, let yourself unwind and enjoy the setting sun. A lazy morning on Tenby Castle Beach can be spent swimming in the sea or catching a small surf. The water is some of the cleanest in the UK so the beach is a safe and sheltered swim for young swimmers. There is nothing more enticing than a good hearty breakfast to get you started each day during an activity week on the coastal path so be sure to check out the awarding winning and locally famed Dennis Cafe. A proper cafe with a great welcoming atmosphere.
TENBY HARBOUR – Tenby Harbour beach is a stone’s throw from town. The hustle and bustle of tourists coming and going on and off boats make it a gem of a place to soak up the atmosphere. Pay a visit to St Julian’s and hear some local trawler tales from this tiny Fisherman’s church before heading off to the water’s edge. This is a perfect beach for the fishing or boating enthusiast. Resting on the golden sand and tied to the harbour walls the boats represent a fishing history still alive today, bringing fresh fish to the restaurants in Tenby Town each day. With plenty to do from Tenby Harbour on your short break, why not start with a boat trip to the monastic Caldey Island. A beautiful island served by a lay community, Caldey is a place to experience a real Pembrokeshire retreat, with breathtaking views, gardens and nature to walk through, it can be a great contrast to that jam packed summer holiday.
TENBY NORTH – Kick away the dull Winter with a splash at Tenby’s North Beach. Hire a rowing boat and head straight out over the waves, follow the glistening speckled sun drops across the water and let your mind wonder into your weekend away. The North Beach is where you will end up after a lazy amble through the twisting maze of cobbled streets in this popular tourist destination. As a prime family getaway this sandy blue flag beach is a great place to enjoy time away for the school holidays. If you have ever felt like tackling the challenge of the ultimate super sandcastle then this golden beach is just what you need. Follow these top tips and you’ll soon have something to be proud of. Tenby’s beaches now employ a no dog policy between May and September and on the North Beach the town provides a trained lifeguard for added reassurance during the day. The beach has disabled parking near by as well as toilets and small shops.
TENBY SOUTH – Tenby’s South Beach is a broad expansive shoreline with fine golden sand and clear turquoise water. Less commercial than the North Beach it is a great place for walking with the dog. With views across the bay to Caldey Island, South Beach stretches from St Catherine’s Island to Giltar point. St Catherine’s is a small tidal island with a fascinating history. An imposing granite and limestone nineteenth century ruined fortress now dominates the island, but before this St Catherine’s was home to a tiny church.
TRAETH LLYFN – The breathtaking views from the cliff top inspire you to keep walking towards this remote and quiet beach. With impressive waves and golden sand Traethllyfn is a beach where you can enjoy spending time with the family whilst on holiday in the Pembrokeshire National Park. There are no facilities at the beach itself but there are toilets and refreshments (available from an Ice Cream van) in near by Abereiddy. You can also park there and join the Wales Coastal path past the workers’ cottages to arrive at Traethllyfn. You can reach the beach by bike on the Celtic Trail. If you are on a walking holiday in North Pembrokeshire then you could arrive at Abereiddy by the Strumble Shuttle. Access to the beach is by way of some steel steps so unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchairs and push chairs.
WATWICK BAY - This beautiful little bay is a haven of tranquillity on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Why not spend a lazy day here on a romantic retreat, enjoy the warmth of the sunshine on the golden sand and keep an eye out for sailing boats stopping off in the bay. There are no facilities at the beach itself but there is parking available at near by Dale. Dale also has a pub, toilets and a small shop. To reach Watwick Bay you need to walk approximately two miles along the coastal path from Dale. Access to the beach from the path is quite steep so do take care. Walking in Pembrokeshire is a popular past time and there are many walks to choose from, try this one near Dale and Watwick Bay and enjoy the rugged coastline of West Wales at its best. The roads in this part of Pembrokeshire are also quite quiet so you can travel by bike and reach the beach that way. There is nothing better than swimming in the open water on a sunny day, Watwick Bay is a good place to swim, it catches the sun and the water can be quite deep with fantastic sea life to be seen while you swim. If you are keen on Snorkelling then be sure to do so at this little cove.
WEST ANGLE BAY - Angle is a peninsula with breathtaking beaches in the southern reaches of the Pembrokeshire National Park. West Angle bay is a beach that has been recognised for its cleanliness, rugged scenery and water quality, having recently been awarded both a Seaside award and a Green Coast award. The beach is suitable for a variety of pursuits including swimming, kayaking, light boating and a spot of fishing, please note however that there is no lifeguard presence on the beach. A popular past time on West Angle Bay is rock pooling. Much sea life can be found in this part of Pembrokeshire, including small jelly fish, cuttle fish and a mixture of crabs. Have a quick reminder from this website of what you can find before you set off rock pooling on this Pembrokeshire beach.
WEST DALE – From the small Pembrokeshire village of Dale you can take a small walk of less than half a mile along a footpath to the attractive beach of West Dale. Though the beach is small it is still bigger than the one at Dale. Access to the beach is by way of some steps and unfortunately there are no facilities on the beach itself. Dale however boasts toilets, a cafe and pub as well as parking. West Dale is a good sand and shingle beach. It has been recognised with a Green Coast award. Unfortunately the water is not the best for swimming as there are strong currents and undertows which make it somewhat unpredictable. Surfing is popular however.Why not visit West Dale for a long walk on your weekend away? Dogs are welcome all year round. The beach has views towards Skokholm Island, so look out for a variety of rare sea birds in the area. After a long day on the beach you could visit the Moorings restaurant. Situated in the heart of Dale’s boating community the restaurant offers fine food and a warm welcome.
WHITESANDS BAY – is one of the most famed beaches in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With a large expanse of fine golden sand, crystal clear waters, and breathtaking panoramic views, Whitesands is a favourite with walkers, water sport fanatics, and sunbathers alike. On a clear day, nearby Ramsay Island can easily be viewed on the horizon from the waters edge. Throughout the summer months, regular boat tours run from Whitesands beach to this exquisite Island, which is home to many rare species of bird and plant life, including kittiwakes and lapwings. These boat trips also allow spectators to enjoy the visual wonder presented by the seals, dolphins and porpoises that dwell off the shores of Pembrokeshire. Whitesands beach boasts toilet facilities, parking, and a wonderful little cafe for any manner of beach treats that may be required, however, a 40 minute walk to nearby St Davids, Great Britain’s smallest city, thanks to its glorious 11th Century Cathedral, presents a wealth of cultural and culinary delights.
WISEMANS BRIDGE - Wisemans Bridge beach is located in the south of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Situated by the seaside resort of Saundersfoot it is one of the delights of the area. You can walk to this beach via Saundersfoot beach at low tide or alternatively follow the old tram tunnels via Coppet Hall to Wisemans Bridge. If travelling by car, take the Amroth road out of Saundersfoot. There are toilets near the beach and access to the beach is by way of a slipway. The surface is a mixture of golden sand at low tide and pebbles and shingle at other times. Swimming is possible here but windsurfing is a more popular sport. So if you are in Pembrokeshire for a Windsurfing experience you can add Wisemans Bridge to your list. There is free parking available near the beach. The Wisemans Bridge Inn serves great food and their restaurant has some of the best sea views in the county.
Please Note: – Readers must use their own judgement as to the suitability of the beaches listed on this website for their use and safety.