BEACHES

Erinfa four star B & B and five star Self Catering is the perfect choice and location to enjoy many of the award winning beaches. Pembrokeshire is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and with such variety there are beaches to suit all.

Pembrokeshire beaches

ABERBACH - (St.Nicholas)

This is a small pebble beach and a great place to watch seals playing or, when the wind gets up, the waves crashing on the shore. A local legend tells of a nearby farmer catching a mermaid here.

Awards: none.

Parking: Very limited on roadside above the beach.

Beach facilities: none.

On shore facilities: Nearest facilities can be found in Mathry, which has a pub.

ABERCASTLE

A long narrow picturesque inlet, sheltered from the prevailing winds makes it ideal for kayakers and boats. There is a charge for launching boats which helps pay for village amenities.

Awards: none.

Parking: There are half a dozen spaces alongside the beach or very limited on road parking.

Beach facilities: toilets.

On shore facilities: Nearest facilities can be found in Trefin, which also has a café.

ABEREIDDY

 

Pebbles and extraordinarily dark sand made of pounded grey slate form this rural beach. The same slate gives a brilliant deep blue colour to the water in the 'Blue Lagoon' - a beautiful little harbour - a breached quarry - just to the north of the beach. Be aware Abereiddi beach has strong currents. This is a popular spot for coasteering, climbing along the cliffs at sea level, leaping into the sea if you reach an impassable bit. Do it in an organised group. Alongside the old quarry are a row of ruined cottages to explore.

Awards: Green Coast and Seaside Award.
Parking: Ample free parking above the beach.
Beach facilities: Toilets, slipway.

On shore facilities: In St Davids there is a Tourist information centre, numerous cafes, pubs, restaurants and many interesting shops.

ABERFELIN / TREFIN

 

 

A small low-tide sand and shingle beach near Trefin. Great for rockpools but not really recommended for swimming. As this is one of the few points where the road comes close to the shore along this stretch of coastline, it's a good start or finish point for a walk along the coast path.

Awards: None

Parking: Limited roadside parking

Beach facilities: None

On shore facilities: Toilets. Pub & tea shop in nearby Trefin.

 

ABERMAWR

 

 

Aber Mawr is a remote rural beach 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 stumps have been perfectly preserved by salt. Behind the beach is an interesting ruined cottage, a wildlife rich marshy area and bluebell woods climbing the hill at the southern end.

Awards: none.

Parking: Very limited on roadside above the beach.

Beach facilities: none.

On shore facilities: Nearest facilities can be found in Mathry, which has a pub.


CAERFAI

 

 

A small rocky cove at high tide, sandwiched between towering cliffs 1 mile south of St Davids. At low tide a sandy beach is revealed with plenty of rock pools to explore. Beware as there are strong currents in the sea off Caerfai. Access to the beach is down a steep winding path. The rocks around Caerfai are multi coloured with a mixture of grey, green and vivid pink.

Awards: Green Coast and Seaside Award.

Parking: Parking at the top of the beach for approx. 50 cars and it's free!

Beach facilities: none.

On shore facilities: Nearest facilities are in the city of St Davids. St Davids is a popular city; it earns it's city status from the magnificent St Davids Cathedral built, along the banks of the Rive Alun, in 12th Century. Tourist information centre, numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants, many interesting shops and a good choice of hotels, caravan parks, B&B's and self catering in St Davids.

 

CEIBWR

 

 

A tiny inlet of rocks and sand surrounded by tall cliffs. It's definitely a wild and remote beach. Not good for swimmers but good for porpoise spotting. One mile to the south is The Witches Cauldron, a jumble of contorted rocks.

Awards: none.

Parking: Parking on the road side on a narrow road.

Beach facilities: none.

On shore facilities: Nearest facilities are in Newport. Newport provides all the amenities of a large village including galleries, bike hire, Golf Club and a seasonal Tourist information Centre. A good choice of hotels, B&B's, guesthouse, caravan and camping sites can found in the area.

 

CWM-YR-EGLWYS

 

 

A sandy cove, with a stream running through the middle, providing plenty of rock pools for intrepid explorers. Popular with boat users as the village has a boat club. Above the beach is the end wall of a chapel. The rest was washed away in the enormous storm of 1859 that created all of Pembrokeshire's pebble banks. There's a 10ft high wall surrounding the top of the beach, making it very sheltered. To get down to the beach, you follow the slipway. Clamber over rocks at the west end of the beach to find a secret low tide beach. There's also a pebbly cove on the east side.

Awards: Green Coast and Seaside Award.

Parking: In village centre Beach facilities: Toilets and slipway.

On shore facilities: There is a pub/restaurant/café at Pwllgwaelod. Garage, shop, pub & chip shop in Dinas. Newport is the biggest village providing shops, cafes, restaurants and cycle hire.

 

GOODWICK SANDS

 

 

A small sandy beach adjacent to the ferry terminal. There's a promenade above the top of the beach and a long breakwater that you can walk along. Several activity operators are based here: Celtic Diving and Mike Maybury kayaking. There's also a childrens discovery attraction called Ocean Lab which also incorporates a Tourist Information Centre and Cafe and an art gallery in a quaint cottage at the northern end of the beach. Dolphins and basking sharks are occasionally seen off the beach as they swim round the harbour.

Awards: Seaside Award.

Parking: Parking above beach for 60 cars and its free!

Beach facilities: Toilets, slipway.

On shore facilities: Tourist Information Centre with café and children's play area. There is also an activity centre on the Parrog.

 

LITTLE HAVEN

 

 

A small sandy and rocky inlet with sand available at both high and low tide. It is a popular spot for boat users as the beach has a slipway. There's a pushchair/wheelchair accessible path leading up to The Point, a handy viewpoint. You can clamber down the steep path onto another pebble beach called 'The Sheep Wash', used by local farmers, 50 years ago, for washing sheep before shearing. It's now a popular, sheltered, safe swimming cove. At half tide, it's possible to walk round the headland into a wide sandy bay called The Settlands. At low tide, you can walk all the way to Broad Haven along the beach.
There are plenty of rockpools to explore. Look out for starfish but don't disturb them. The stream fans out accross the beach making it a bit damp for playing & sandcastles.
The village hosts the RNLI inshore lifeboat station and shop for the area.

Awards: Seaside Award.

Parking: Limited pay and display parking in the village

Beach facilities: Toilets, Slipway

On shore facilities: There is a shop, cafe, several pubs.


LOWER FISHGUARD

 

 

The picturesque harbourside village at lower town is a popular spot to stop and explore. There isn't any access to the beach, but this is a good place to feed the birds and try a bit of crabbing when the tide is in. The 1972 Film of Dylan Thomas play, 'Under Milk Wood' was filmed here. Follow the main road up the hill to the east to get to Fishguard fort for fabulous views over the harbour.

Awards: None

Parking: Ample free parking

Beach facilities: None

On shore facilities: Ice Cream Van in summer. Plenty of seats for contemplation.

Nearest refreshments are in Fishguard town.

 

NEWGALE

 

 

 

Enormous! is the only way to describe this beach, its almost 2 miles of sand backed by a huge pebble bank formed after a BIG storm in 1859. Kitesurfing and surfing are popular on this beach and tuition is available. Dog restrictions apply to the middle third of the beach between the 1st May and 30th September

Walk right down to the southern end to find a walk-through cave and numerous sheltered bays. Cross the river, at the back of the pebble bank opposite the cafe at the north end to gain access to several low tide bays. At very low tide it's possible to walk round to Cwn Mawr beach but keep an eye on the tide.

Awards: Blue Flag and Seaside Award.

Parking: There are three car parks along the length of the beach. Two are pay & display.

Beach facilities: Toilets, lifeguards are on duty between the beginning of June to the end of September.

On shore facilities: There is a surf shop, café and pub at the northern end of the beach. Surfing and kitesurfing tuition and board hire is available from the shop. There is a large camp site at the northern end of the beach and a selection of B&B's, guesthouses, self catering nearby. At the southern end there's a cafe/beach shop, toilets and a static caravan park.

 

NEWPORT PARROG

 

 

A delightful stretch of coastline. The Coast Path twists and turns its way round to the old lifeboat station, sometimes on the beach, sometimes on the road and at one point crosses a fantastic causeway built of slates laid in a herringbone pattern. It's possible to wade across the river near the yacht club to Newport sands. The walk back round the 'long way' takes you alongside the estuary to the bridge. Near here is Carreg Coetan, an exposed burial chamber. There are a few small pebble beaches but swimming isn't recommended here.

Awards: None

Parking: Limited parking by the yacht club. More parking near the Tourist Information Centre.

Beach facilities: Slipway

On shore facilities: Toilets and a café near the yacht club.


NEWPORT SANDS

A broad, long beach the at the mouth of the River Nevern. This dune backed, sandy beach is plenty big enough for all your beach activities and at low tide you can wade across the river to Newport Parrog. It's very popular with all kinds of watersports enthusiasts.

Awards: Seaside Award.

Parking: At beach head or at Newport Parrog (this car park gets very busy in the summer months).

Beach facilities: slipway.

On shore facilities: Café and toilets. Newport provides all the amenities of a large village including galleries, bike hire, golf club and a seasonal Tourist information Centre. A good choice of hotels, B&B's, guesthouse, caravan and camping sites can found in the area.


NOLTON HAVEN

 

 

A small narrow inlet of pebbles and sand at high tide but at low tide a long narrow beach is revealed backed by high cliffs. Swimmers should take care as there are strong currents off Nolton Haven.

Awards: Green Coast and Seaside Award.
Parking: There is a National Park car park

Beach facilities: Toilets and slipway

On shore facilities: There is a pub and restaurant in Nolton Haven and a selection of self catering accommodation, and a nearby caravan and camping site.

 

PORTHCLAIS

 

 

A pretty little harbour or cove near St Davids. This is a popular spot for launching canoes and is regularly used by activity centres. The beach is shingle so it isn't a bathing beach, but it is a good place for starting or finishing a walk on the coast path. Just east of the harbour is the most popular slab for practicing rock climbing.

Awards: None

Parking: Limited free parking

Beach facilities: Slipway

On shore facilities: None. Nearest refreshments are in St Davids.


PORTHGAIN

 

 

Once a thriving commercial harbour exporting crushed rock from the granite quarry a mile away along the coast. There's still plenty of evidence of its former commercial background but it's now better known for its superb pub and restaurant. The harbour is used for landing crabs and lobsters which can end up on your plate in either The Sloop Inn or The Shed Bistro very soon afterwards. How's that for fresh!
See www.sloop.co.uk or www.theshedporthgain.co.uk

The art gallery in one of the old quarry workers cottages, a good example of a crog loft, is well worth visiting.
Awards: None
Parking: Plenty of free parking
Beach facilities: None
On shore facilities: Pub, Restaurant and Art Gallery.


PORTHMELGEN

 

 

A small sandy cove, surrounded by cliffs, to the north of Whitesands is accessible only from the coast path. Beware strong currents.

Awards: none.

Parking: At Whitesands beach.

Beach facilities: None.

On shore facilities: Nearest facilities are at Whitesands. Toilets, café and lifeguards from end of June to beginning of September. In St Davids there is a Tourist information centre, numerous cafes, pubs, restaurants, and many interesting shops.


PORTHSELE

 

A super little enclosed sandy cove. It's gently shelving so it should be safe enough for bathing, although it is rocky in places. It is possible to wade over from Whitesands beach at low tide, but it's best to get there via The Coast Path.

Awards: None

Parking: None. Access by The Coast Path from Whitesands.

Beach facilities: None

On shore facilities: Pencarnan campsite is immediately behind the beach but facilities are for residents only. Nearest refreshments are at Whitesands beach


PWLL GWAELOD

 

 

A small cove of dark sand and shingle looking out across the bay to Fishguard. There are low rocks on both sides to clamber over and numerous rockpools. Very handy for launching small boats and canoes. You can walk along the 'valley' path to Cwm yr Eglwys on the other side of Dinas 'island'.

Awards: Seaside Award.
Parking: At beach head and by the pub.

Beach facilities: Toilets and slipway.

On shore facilities: There is a pub/restaurant/café near the beach, that Dylan Thomas was known to visit on occasions. Newport is the biggest village providing shops, cafes, restaurants and cycle hire


SOLVA

At high tide the beach is a narrow strip at the head of the inlet but at low tide the harbour is completely dry with the exception of a stream that runs down the middle of the harbour, providing hours of entertainment catching fish, shrimp and crabs. If you head down the beach towards the mouth of the inlet a large stretch of sand is revealed with plenty of rock pools and caves to explore. The bathing here is very shallow and very good for small children. At high tide, jumping off the harbour wall provides hours of fun. Several paths lead up to The Gribbin with superb views. Running parallel to Solva, on the other side of the ridge is another narrow valley, which ends up at an idyllic little pebble beach. Both these valleys are meltwater valleys created during the last ice age.

Awards: none.

Parking: Limited parking at the harbour car park.

Beach facilities: Toilets, slipway .
On shore facilities: Solva is bustling tiny village with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs. There are art galleries, deli and gift shops. One mile upriver is Solva Woolen Mill producing some distinctive quality fabrics. There's also a cafe.


TRAETHLLYFN

A pretty, sandy and rocky beach between Porthgain and Abereiddi. The beach, backed by towering cliffs, is reached by very steep metal stairs but provides plenty of room for ball games, flying a kite; there are rock pool to explore as well. As this beach is remote you'll probably find you're the only one on it.
Awards: none.

Parking: nearest parking at Abereiddi or Porthgain.

Beach facilities: none.

On shore facilities: Nearest facilities are in Porthgain. There is a pub serving food and a restaurant as well as two art galleries. Toilets.

WHITESANDS

 

 

Over looked by the imposing craggy hill of Carn Llidi, this wide expanse of fine white sand curves north towards the remote rocky headland of St Davids Head. This is one of the best surfing beaches in the country and therefore very popular. The surf 'break' is at the northern end and on busy days there are canoeists, surfers and body boarders competing for the best waves. At this end, there's a rocky promontory to climb on. At the quieter south end, there are some nicely sheltered bays. Dog restrictions apply to the entire length of the beach between 1st May and 30th September.

Awards: Blue Flag and Seaside Award.
Parking: Parking for 60 cars above the beach. Parking can be a problem during the height of summer, but the Celtic Coaster shuttle bus from The Grove car park on the edge of St Davids can take you to Whitesands.

Beach facilities: Toilets, café and lifeguards patrol between end of June and the beginning of September. Slipway.

On shore facilities: Nearest facilities are in the city of St Davids. St Davids is a popular city; it earns its city status from the magnificent St Davids Cathedral built, along the banks of the Rive Alun, in 12th Century. Tourist information centre, numerous cafes, pubs, restaurants and many interesting shops.