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Explore more Pembrokeshire beaches this summer.

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Thursday, July 20, 2017


Flimston Bay - Credit: My Pembrokeshire (Emma Ryan)

Pembrokeshire is well known for its beaches and with so many of them there’s certainly plenty to explore! During the summer months, visitors and locals alike enjoy spending time on the beach, relaxing, playing, walking and building sand castles. Many are familiar with beaches such as Tenby, Saundersfoot, Newgale and Broad Haven, but how about exploring some of the lesser known stretches of sand in the county?

Ceibwr Bay is found in the north of the county, and was once a busy port serving Moylegrove. The Witches Cauldron – Pwll y Wrach – is a striking geological feature of the coast line here comprising a collapsed cave with soft, crumbling shale and sandstone picked out by the sea along a fault line. Well worth a visit!

Skrinkle Haven just along the coast from Manorbier, sits beneath towering cliffs and rocks. Access is via a metal stairway dropping down the cliff face, and whilst on the beach you can also see Church Doors, another geological formation. A few paces further along the coast path (or across the sand when the tide is far enough out) you can explore Presipe Bay too, a lovely little beach tucked away in the folds of the coast line rocks.

Back up in the north of the county, near St Davids, you’ll find Porthsele. It’s about half a mile south of Whitesands Bay, and only accessible from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. It is well worth the walk though! Whilst you’re in the area, you could also visit Porthllisky Bay, a gently sloping sandy beach with pebble bank above the foreshore. Again it’s one to walk to (park at Porthclais and head west for a mile), ideal for a relaxed seaside day out.

If you’ve ever had a go at scuba diving, then you may already be familiar with St Brides, but if not, this delightful little beach is another of the county’s hidden gems. With St Brides Castle (now a holiday apartment complex) on the hill above it, the beach itself is mostly rocks and pebbles at high tide, but when the tide goes out the sand is golden and the rock pools worthy of exploring.

Not far along from St Brides you’ll find Lindsway Bay, near St Ishmaels. At low tide, the beach is huge! It’s best to park near the sports club on the eastern edge of the village of St Ishmaels, then follow the footpath around the sports pitches. On joining the Coast Path, turn left and walk until you find a set of steep steps down onto the beach.

Near to the military range at Castlemartin, and again with a bit of walking to get there, is Bullslaughter Bay. Head to Stack Rocks near Castlemartin, park then walk east. On the way you’ll pass Flimston Bay (that’s a tricky, but not impossible one, to get onto see picture above) and then half a mile further on you’ll reach Bullslaughter Bay. Pick through the flotsam and jetsam on the shore for treasure (well you never know!) and enjoy the surf too.

Heading back towards the south of the county, and a short drive from Manorbier, is Swan Lake Bay. As with many of these ‘hidden gem’ beaches and bays, access is via a footpath from Westmoor Farm (limited parking is available at the farm), or along the Coast Path from Manorbier. Secluded and peaceful, it’s another lovely spot for a picnic.

Traeth Llyfn beach has sands and rock pools – great for sandcastle building and rock pool exploring. Situated between Porthgain and Abereiddi, the beach is accessible by steep metal stairs, but once there you’ll have plenty of room to explore, play ball games or even fly a kite. Parking is available at Abereiddi or Porthgain.

With picnic tables at the top of the beach offering superb views, Musselwick beach comes into its own at low tide when the sands are revealed. Half a mile from Marloes village, this beach is accessible from the Coast Path or via a 10 minute walk along the footpath across the fields. There are steps cut into the rock down on to the beach, something to bear in mind if taking small children!

These are just 10 of the lesser known Pembrokeshire beaches, there are many more to visit and explore! Further details and information can be found on the links below, and don’t forget to check on the tide times before heading off, as some of these beaches will be cut off by the tide!

Pembrokeshire Beaches

Wales Coast Path - Pembrokeshire

Tide Timetable

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