The coast of Wales has some
fine beaches, from tiny coves surrounded by
towering cliffs, to wide expanses of sand.
Below are a selection from St Davids in
Pembrokshire to Aberdovey in Gwynedd to the
Newport in Pembrokeshire, is
a pretty little town between Cardigan and
Fishguard. The River Nevern (Afon Nyfer)
enters the sea here at the Parrog.
Newport is known today for
its beaches, for the Carreg Coetan Arthur
burial chamber and for the West Wales Eco
Centre. The town also lies on the
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, has a youth hostel
and is popular for walks in the Preseli
Hills. Carn Ingli hill, home to an Iron Age
hillfort and some Bronze Age hut circles
lies just outside the town.
Poppit Sands is a very wide
sandy beach at the estuary of the River Teifi near Cardigan in Wales.
It is close to St Dogmaels and the northern end of the Pembrokeshire
Coast Path starts there.
by low dunes, the top of the beach comprises
about 80m of dry, very loose sand, making it
very popular with families. Lower down it is
hard-packed. The beach slopes gently, and
therefore the sea is shallow for quite a
long way out. Even at high tide there is
plenty of soft sand exposed.
On the eastern side of the dunes, erosion
has formed sand cliffs over 4 metres (13
feet) high. New dunes are now building up
close to the access boardwalk.
is a National Trust
beach. There is a large pay and display car park above
the beach and a shop and toilets partway down the
leading to the beach. It gets its name from the prominent steep conical
hill, a landmark from much of Cardigan Bay, that rises above the beach.
gets its name from the prominent steep
conical hill (Foel y Mwnt), a landmark from
much of Cardigan Bay, and from where there
are fine views of the coast to the north and
south including Cardigan Island.
bottom of the hill is Mwnt church, the
Church of the Holy Cross (Welsh: Eglwys y
Grog) which is an example of a
medieval sailor's chapel of ease. The site
is said to have been used since the Age of
the Saints, but the present building is
probably 14th century.
In the 16th century, Aberporth
with its two fine sandy beaches, was a subsidiary landing
point for the port of Cardigan. Boats, nets and salt for
preserving were brought in from Ireland.
There are two
beaches at Aberporth separated by a rocky
point, at the top of which there is a public
dolphins are seen frequently close to shore.
In 2006 orcas and harbour porpoises have
also been seen but such sightings are rare.
Even rarer was a turtle seen in 2005.
Sunfish and basking sharks are often seen
offshore in the summer.
relates that a certain king of Ireland had
seven troublesome daughters. Failing to exercise control over the
princesses he finally lost his patience and told his servants to put
his daughters on an open boat and cast them adrift. The Irish Sea
currents took the craft towards the coast of Ceredigion where it
beached. The seven princesses landed safely, fell in love with the sons
of seven local Welsh families, married and settled down. This is why
the settlement is called Tresaith (Welsh 'the Town of Seven').
Beach, between Llangrannog and Tresaith is
owned by the National Trust and was used for location filming for the
James Bond film Die Another Day.
road will take you right to the beach, there
is only a turning circle at the end, and
parking is at the National Trust car park by
the cafe a few minutes walk from the beach.
Penbryn is a wide sandy beach enclosed by
rocky headlands at each end.
Llangrannog lies in the narrow valley of the
little River Hawen, which falls as a waterfall near the middle of the
village. The earliest parts of the village (the "church village") lie
above the waterfall and are hidden by a twist of the valley so that
they cannot be seen from the sea. This protected them from the
attention of sea marauders, the Vikings and the Irish. After the
mid-eighteenth century the sea became safer and a "beach village" and
small seaport developed.
Dolau Beach, New Quay
Just to the south of
the pier, Dolau beach lies below the main car park. and close to the
southern terraces of Rock Street, Marine Terrace and Lewis Terrace. Close
to the top of the path leading to the beach
are New Quay's three fish and chip shops, the Mariner, the Lime Crab and the Captains
Rendezvous. Fish and chips on Dolau beach or on the pier is a local favourite.
New Quay Harbour Beach
Lying between the two
piers at New Quay, the Harbour beach is the area's most popular beach
in the summer as it within close walking distance of the centre of New
Quay where there are many self catering cottages and Guest Houses. Click
on the links at the top of this page for a
comprehensive selection of accommodation in New Quay and the local area.
New Quay is a
centre for sailing and other water sports
and kayaks, dinghys and windsurf boards can
be rented from the watersports centre above
extends from Llanina Point in the north to the New Quay lifeboat station in the
south and is a
wide sandy beach at low tide. Public access is from New Quay by walking
along the beach from the lifeboat station, however care must be taken
as people can be stranded on the rocks by the incoming tide.
Quay West Caravan Park, lies along the top
of the slope above the beach and there are
several paths down to the beach from the
At Llanina is
a rocky outcrop, Careg Ina, where there are
some excellent rock pools with an abundance
of marine life.
Bach (Little Bay) is just to the north of Traethgwyn at New Quay and
separated by that beach by the rocky promontory of Llanina point. In
the last century, it is said that there was a church on the point that was washed away
by the sea.
Cei Bach was important for ship building in the late
eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and there were several lime
kilns above the beach, the remains of which have now been eroded by the sea.
Llanrhystud is a small
seaside village on the A487 , nine miles south of Aberystwyth. It is
named after the early Christian Welsh saint Rhystud. There
is a narrow road opposite the filling
station that leads through farmland to the car park above the beach.
The beach is a narrow shingle bank at high tide, but becomes wide and
sandy at low tide. To the south of the beach are several lime kilns -
some of the best examples in the county.
Borth is north of Aberystwyth
on the edge of a very flat area of
watermeadow and bog to the south of the Dyfi
estuary. The older part of the town is on
the hill to the south, and the more recent
part forms a strip development along the
seashore stretching towards the dunes at the
mouth of the river.
The beach is a favoured by watersports
enthusiasts especially surfers and kite
or Aberdovey - the Anglicised spelling is
still in common use, is a village on the
north side of the estuary of the River Dyfi
The village was founded around the harbour
and shipbuilding industry, but is now best
known as a seaside resort with a high
quality beach. The town centre is on the
river and seafront, around the original
harbour, jetty and beach but it stretches
back from the coast and up the steep
hillside in the midst of typical Welsh
coastal scenery of steep green hills and