Pembrokeshire, with its picture-postcard villages and dramatic coastline, is one of Wales’s most idyllic holiday settings. Indeed, the coastal vistas thrown up by this remarkable westerly region of Wales are a joy to behold. So too are Pembrokeshire’s beaches, of which there are more than 50 to chose from. Here’s a run-down of our top five.
Broad Haven North Beach
In contrast to Broad Haven’s south beach which lies in a small cove, the north beach offers a wide expanse of flat golden sand at low-tide. The shallow waters are ideal for children and its unsheltered, westerly-facing position proves very popular with kite and wind surfers. Broad Haven North has a Blue Flag designation and, like the vast majority of Pembrokeshire beaches is above reproach when it comes to cleanliness.
A vast expanse of sand, fringed by rocky outcrops, Newgale Beach is one of the largest in the county and runs for 2 miles along the west coast of Pembrokeshire. It’s backed by a large pebble bank which was formed by the 1859 storm which battered the local coastline. Visitors will find a collection of sheltered bays as well as a large cave at the beach’s southern end. Newgale is a European Blue Flag award-winner due to water cleanliness and there are plenty of facilities within easy reach.
Freshwater West Beach
Freshwater West lies near the town of Castlemartin on Pembrokeshire’s south coast. It’s one of the best surfing locations in the county due to the strong waves and currents and is home to the Welsh National Surfing Championships. Major films have also been shot there such as Harry Potter. By way of recognition, the Marine Conservation Society has listed it as one of its recommended beaches. Freshwater West is ideal for visitors looking for a secluded beach.
Those looking to escape the hordes at some of Pembrokeshire’s busier beaches should consider paying Monkstone Beach a visit. Steep cliffs overlook a broad, sheltered expanse of golden sand, which is occasionally punctuated by rocky terrain. It’s quite remote and secluded in comparison to the other beaches at Saundersfoot and Tenby, although visitors are required to use a steep footpath to gain access. Monkstone Beach has attained a Marine Conservation recommendation and the clean waters are well-suited to fishing.
Cym y Eglwys Beach
Cym y Eglwys is a small seaside hamlet on the north coast of Pembrokeshire. Its small sandy beach offers safe bathing and the sheltered position is ideal for launching small boats from its narrow slipway. The beach has received a number of accolades incuding a Seaside Award and Green Coast Award. A regatta is held annually which offers a colourful, vibrant spectacle for visitors and features boat and swimming races.
Hopefully our guide will provide you with an insight into the kind of beaches and coastal settings that await those planning a Pembrokeshire holiday break. The list is not exhaustive by any means given the huge variety of beaches that occupy the world-class Pembrokeshire coast.