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A Walking Tail on Newgale Beach

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Friday, June 22, 2018

Photo credit: Hendre House Cottages -

The other day my owner asked me the question every dog in Pembrokeshire likes to hear: ‘Would you like to go to Newgale?’ If I had been really cool I would have sat in my best sitting position and just nodded my head. But it’s impossible for a dog to stay cool at the prospect of going to Newgale. The thought of that inviting two-mile stretch of sand is just too much. Like every other dog in Pembrokeshire who is asked this question, I jumped around and barked as loud as I could.

We approached Newgale from the south on the A487. Once we had gone through the village of Roch I knew we were nearly there. Now, I guarantee, if you are on your first visit to Pembrokeshire you will gasp with amazement as Newgale first comes into view. At this point you are high up and you will see the north part of the beach stretching away in the distance. As we descended the hill I saw some people in the lay-by taking photos of the amazing vista.

But the view was lost on me. Like most dogs I kept looking out the back through the hatchback window. I like to watch the reaction of people in the cars following. Invariably I see them mouth the words, ‘Ah, isn’t he cute.’ On this occasion, for a laugh, I made a particularly fierce expression, but they still mouthed, ‘Ah, isn’t he cute’. Sometimes I wonder why I bother.

When we got to the bottom of the hill we parked in the Pay and Display car park immediately on the left. This is right by the beach and has got toilets. Now, from 1st May to 30th September there is a dog restriction area in force on the beach. Basically, no dogs are allowed on the middle third of the beach, around 800 metres of sand running south from this car park to another car park further along. Check online for details. Personally I’m not in favour of this restriction. I think I’ll start a pawtition to get it removed.

My owner put me on my lead and we headed onto the beach. To do this we had to cross a large bank of pebbles. Some say this was formed in the great storm of 25-26 October, 1859. Wooden walkways have been placed over the pebbles to make it more accessible.

As this was summer we had to go north away from the restricted area. Once we had gone a little way my owner took me off the lead and now I was finally free! I pinned back my ears and raced over the sand, occasionally charging into the sea. The beach is great for surfing and kitesurfing, but it’s really just a fab beach to visit full stop. It won the Blue Flag Beach Award 2016 and the Seaside Award (Resort) 2016 and it’s not difficult to see why.

There were quite a few surfers in the water. I reckon some of them were staying at the campsite the other side of the road. There is now an area on the campsite where campers with dogs can stay. Excellent! By the way, would you like to hear my favourite holiday joke? Thought so. Question: What’s the best way to make a surfboard? Answer: Give him a menial, repetitive task. Hilarious - in my opinion.

By the time we reached the end of the beach the tide was coming in so exploring some bays further on was out of the question. We turned around and went back along the beach to the car.

As we left Newgale behind and drove up the hill I could now see the view for myself. Perhaps next time we would go on the other stretch of beach the other end of the restriction zone. But deep down, although I love seeing all the happy holidaymakers, I was looking forward to October when once more dogs are allowed on the whole beach. And when October comes I hopefully will not have long to wait before once more I hear those magic words: ‘Would you like to go to Newgale?’

Note: This blog is part of a series written for the Visit Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Project. The project has received funding via the Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government, the Fund aims to encourage new innovative product ideas working in partnership which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors.

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