Best Beaches In Pembrokeshire – The Pembrokeshire coast is home to stunning beaches with everything from pebbles to soft golden sand. Credit: ian woolcock/ianwool
Pembrokeshire has some of the best beaches in Britain, despite the hype about them. The coast is as lovely as Cornwall’s, but in the off-season there are fewer people and the national park and 186 miles of coastal path (including the entire coast) keep things surprisingly unspoiled.
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Head down this country trail or root-cut trail and you’ll find everything from wide sandy beaches with rolling surf to rocky outcrops with rock bridges where you can cover rock backs, away from your net and radar. Yes, the water can be cold (wetsuits are recommended), but if you like wild beaches and great walks, welcome to Crosso!
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Reaching this hidden bay on foot over rocks and pine-covered dunes may be fun, but Barafundal is something else. Often voted the best beach in Britain, this beautiful golden star, surrounded by jagged cliffs, fades into a stunning blue sea. A half hour walk from the nearest parking lot prevents many, and thank you for that! If you’re here in summer, combine some beach time with a visit to the nearby Bosherston Lily Ponds.
Eat: Head to the Stackpole Inn for lunch, with fish specialties on the menu and an attractive beer garden on a warm day.
How to get there: Park in the Stackpole Quay National Trust car park (postcode SA71 5LS) and follow the signs. All day parking costs £5 (cash only).
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Barrafundla Bay’s beautiful golden strip, surrounded by jagged cliffs, rolling shelves in a stunning blue sea Credit: tirc83/tirc83
There are two fresh waters (East and West), but this is the favorite for surfing. Surfers come for the consistent waves of the Atlantic Ocean, but there is much to love about this stretch of sand surrounded by fragile dunes. It gets more rocky at the southern end, where rocky pools covered with sea pools are exposed at low tide (in fact, edible species of Welsh laver are dried in a nearby hut). Freshwater West has featured several times in films including Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, where it was the backdrop to Dobby’s Shell Cottage. Dogs are allowed all year round.
Eat: Go to Cafe More, a converted fishing boat offering the freshest seafood and pastries, a few minutes west of Freshwater West at Old Point House on the English Peninsula.
Getting there: The beach is north west of Castlemartin on the B4319. There are two free car parks which fill up quickly on sunny weekends and public holidays.
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The vast expanse of surf-tossed debris is featured in many films Credit: Daniel Szastock (photographer) – [none]/jazlove
Jagged sandstone cliffs and rock formations divide this wide, kilometer-long beach into small, secluded coves at high tide. Reached by a half-mile walk on a sandy track from the nearby car park, it is beautiful, with views across the wild Celtic Sea to islands as far away as Skokholm. Kids can enjoy splashing in the rock pools and hunting for fossils. On Wednesdays and Saturdays in September and October, the National Trust organizes guided tours with rangers to see the seals.
Eat: Pack a picnic as there are no options on the beach itself, or go out for lunch or tea and cake on the sea-facing terrace at Runveskillen, a modern farmhouse.
From Marlowe’s Sands you can look across the Celtic sea to islands as far away as Skokholm. Credit: Ron Evans/Ron Evans
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The southern part of St Brides Bay is home to the Havens: a quartet of beautiful bays and coves, each with its own personality. From south to north the first is sand and rock Little Haven with its fishing village charm, rock pools covered in starfish and stunning views from The Point. You can carefully walk around the headland to the more populated areas and Broad Haven Beach (large and sandy at low tide). Next is the secluded Drudston Haven with some impressive cliffs, natural arches and caves to explore, followed by the beautiful Knowlton Haven on the side.
Eat: St Bride’s in Little Haven is a great choice for lunch or dinner. Or get lobster brioche, crab sandwiches and seaweed ales to get away from lobster and MOR.
Getting there: Havens is linked by the B4341 coast road. Parking is available, but limited during peak times.
The resort has access to many beautiful beaches, including features such as the Drudston Haven cliffs Credit: Ben Pipe/Ben Pipe
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Newgale is a Blue Flag attraction with three miles of rolling sand and foamy surf and cliffs on either side. A great beach for active recreation, whether it’s at low tide, exploring caves, rock pools and eating, or at sea, surfing, kitesurfing or body boarding. It’s also great for kids and dog walkers, as there’s plenty of space so it rarely feels cramped. The more you try, the more you own it.
Eat: Head a few miles north to Solva for artisanal scones and daily specials at Retro Mamgu, or a take-out seafood platter at Mrs. Will the Fish.
Not only will dogs (and their owners) have fun at New Gal Beach, it’s also great for kids, surfers, bodyboarders and more Credit: Paul Quayle / Design Pics
A short distance north of the small harbor at Abercastle (popular with beachcombers and seafarers) lies the Abermawr and its tributary the Aberbeck, which still feels like a hidden secret. Green grass, topped with bluebells in spring, gives way to these peaceful doves surrounded by wooded valleys, low cliffs and smooth rocks. They are at their best when they stretch out at low tide, and at low tide you can see forest stumps that were flooded 8,000 years ago.
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Eat: The nearby Melin Tragwynt Woolen Mill has a charming tea room serving light lunches, cakes and quality coffee.
Getting there: There is limited parking on the side of the road above the docks, directly on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
The beaches of Abermawr and Aberbach are set against the backdrop of a lush forested valley – look no further than the remains of an ancient forest at lower levels.
This wide, mile-long stretch of sand along the River Nevern, nestled between high ground and surrounded by dunes, attracts a variety of families, dog walkers, boaters, kayakers and swimmers in summer (safe areas are marked by flags and lifeguards). June to September). Known as Traith Mawr (Great Beach) in Wales, it is a great starting point for a walk around the Isle of Dinas or a visit to nearby Carrag Cotten Arthur, a pre-Neolithic burial chamber dating back to 3000 BC.
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Eat: The artsy, beautiful town of Newport has plenty of options: try cafes like Blass on Market Street, Frontlas and Tides Kitchen.
Getting there: The beach car park is two and a half miles from the A487 via Newport.
Newport Sands Dunes, known in Welsh as Traith Mawr (Great Beach) is a great place to start a walk Credit: ©2019 RA Kearton / Photos by RA Kearton
Secluded Seybrwer Bay in North Pembrokeshire, with stunning views of the twisted and curved cliffs, is delightfully wild and teeming with old trawlers. The rock and sand inlet is completely untouched, so you can be alone with sea birds such as Atlantic gray seals and puffins and puffins. There is a fascinating cliff walk, including the geological oddity of 40 minutes of Pwll y Wrach (Witches’ Cauldron), an amazing collapsed cave.
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Getting there: There is a car park at nearby Moylegrove or limited roadside parking near the harbour.
Visit the carved inlets of Ceibwr Bay and let your mind wander to the area’s smuggling past Credit: Copyright 2014 R A Kearton / Photos by R A Kearton
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Church Gate, Freshwater West and Barafundal are some of Pembrokeshire’s most spectacular beaches (Photo: David Evans; PCNPA)
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Pembrokeshire’s beaches are some of the best in the world – and no matter where you are or what type of activity you’re looking for, there’s sure to be something to fit the bill.
We’ve put together a great guide to the beaches around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (and a few outside), providing information on key options such as dining options, parking and toilets.
Whether you’re looking for a sandy beach to play with the family, safe swimming, surfing or a great beach, we’ll help you find what you’re looking for. Pembrokeshire.
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