Beaches In West Wales
Award-winning beaches make the Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire coast a beautiful place to visit – look carefully, and you may spot dolphins or seals in Cardigan Bay.
There are miles of golden sand, coves to explore and beautiful scenery and plenty of facilities for a day out on the beach. Here is a selection of our favourites.
(c.12 miles) There are two lovely sandy beaches here, the main beach, Llangrannog beach, which sits between two massive headlands and looks out past Carreg Bica (the huge rock). It is accessed directly from the village and is a great place for a family fun day out. There is parking down near the beach, or at the top of the hill above the town. You will find cafes, pubs and restaurants, together with a shop selling all you need to have fun on the beach. Cilborth is the second beach. It is a secluded sandy cove that you can walk to around the headland during low tide. At other times it is accessed via some very steep steps down from the cliff top walk from Llangrannog. This beach is popular for surfing and water sports.
(c.12 miles) Tresaith is a lovely sandy beach looking over Cardigan Bay which has a picturesque waterfall falling down off the cliff above it. It is popular with swimmers, paddlers, surfers, and windsurfers. There are a number of walks leading to Llangrannog in the north and Aberporth in the south. Facilities include toilets with disabled access. There is a cafe, a first aid post and a shop selling all the usual beach accessories. There is limited parking down by the beach and along the access road, but plenty of parking at the top of the village.
(c.12 miles) Aberporth beach is a favourite with locals and visitors alike and some say it is one of the best beaches in West Wales. There are two sandy sheltered beaches and rock pools for children to explore at low tide. There is a Lifeguard Service during the school summer holidays. Facilities include a car park (above the south section of the beach) toilets, refreshments within easy reach of the beach as well as a shop selling buckets, spades and fishing nets.
(c.17 miles) Poppit Sands is located between Cemaes Head and Cardigan at the mouth of the Afon Teifi within Cardigan Bay. It is a large sandy beach backed by sand dunes which is popular for swimming and fishing. There is parking and toilets nearby and a shop/cafe selling refreshments and beach accessories.
(c.17 miles) The beach faces the Irish Sea and is owned by the National Trust. Mwnt gets its name from the fantastic steep conical hill, which is a landmark of Cardigan Bay. Enjoy a climb up the steep hill above the beach (beware if you have young children as it is essentially the cliff top) or walk along the cliffs. If you are lucky you can watch dolphins jumping in the sea below. There is a car park above the beach. The beach is accessed by a very long flight of steps, but you can often be rewarded for your efforts by seeing a seal in the sea just off the beach. There are toilets and refreshments beside the beach.
(c.13 miles) Penbryn is owned by the National Trust and there is a National Trust car park from which you can take either a lane or a footpath up to the beach. The footpath takes you through a lovely wooded valley that opens up onto the wide expanse of unspoilt sandy beach. It is a popular beach with families and swimmers, body boarders and surfing (depending on the weather). There is a cafe and toilets near the car park.
(c.18 miles) There are three lovely safe beaches with miles of golden sands, including Cei Bach, Traethgwyn Beach and the harbour beach. The harbour beach is the most accessible and is a picturesque beach with golden sands. The beach is popular for swimming, sailing and fishing, with zoned areas for beach and water-sports. There are toilets with facilities for the disabled. There are cafes and shops close to the beach selling children's fishing nets, beach balls, and buckets and spades. Cei Bach and Traethgwyn Beaches are less accessible and do not offer the same facilities, although they are less crowded during the school holidays.
(c.25 miles) There are two beaches at Pendine. The first, Pendine Sands, is a long stretch of sand popular with kite buggy enthusiasts. This beach is sometimes closed to the public as it is used by the MOD. The second beach, Morfa Bychan, is popular with families, for swimming and walking along the long sandy beach.
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