Beaches West

Newgale Beach

The huge sandy beach at Newgale.

The glorious beaches of Pembrokeshire are listed in clockwise order starting in the south east of the county at Amroth and ending in the north west at Poppit Sands.

They are listed in three sections:  south coast beaches, north coast beaches and this section, the west coast beaches. Only the main beaches have been listed. There are many other small coves which can only be reached from Coast footpath.

Many of the beaches have been awarded European BLUE FLAG status. This is awarded for water quality, beach cleanliness and facilities. The awards are made annually.

Pembrokeshire County Council and The Pembrokeshire National Park Authority are encouraging visitors to make the most of public transport when visiting the beaches and coastline as congestion can be a problem in high season. Therefore, we have listed the the route number of the bus services for each beach.

Full details of the route and bus operator can be found in the Getting around section of this website.

WEST COAST BEACHES

The following is a round up of the beaches from Wooltack Point to St.David’s Head.

MARTINS HAVEN

A small sandy cove which is the departure point for boats to Skomer Island. Wooltack Point which overlooks Martins Haven is an excellent place to look across Jack Sound to Skomer and Skokholm Islands. Atlantic Grey Seals can often be seen on the rocks below the point. Car parking is at the National Trust car park. Small shop. Other facilities in Marloes village.

Bus Route 400

MUSSELWICK SANDS

A lovely sandy beach at low tide. The beach can be totally submerged at high tide. It is approached by a long walk across fields from the road from Marloes to Martins Haven. Parking and facilites in Marloes village.

Bus Routes 315/316 and 400

ST.BRIDES HAVEN

A small sand and shingle beach. Excellent deep rock pools at low tide. The haven and St.Brides bay is named after the 6th centuary Irish saint, Bridgid of Kildare. Limited parking. Nearest facilities in Dale, Marloes or Little Haven.

Bus Route 400

LITTLE HAVEN

A very busy sandy beach which is backed by pebbles. A popular boating and fishing village. At very low tide it is possible to walk the sands to Broad Haven. The banjo point  reached by the path past the Swan Inn is a favorite place to watch the setting sun go down. Pubs, restaurants and cafe’s. Large car park.

Bus Routes 310/311 and 400

Broadhaven Beach

Broadhaven Beach.

BROAD HAVEN

A broad sweep of sands with cliffs at either end. It is one of Pembrokeshire’s best loved beaches. Popular with surfers and windsurfers when wind and tide conditions are right.  Very busy in high season. Large car park.

Shop, cafe , restaurant and Pub within easy walking distance.

Bus Routes 311 and 400.

NOLTON HAVEN

A shingle and sand beach with rock pools and cliffs at either side. Can be busy at times. Do not bathe if Red flag is flying. Large car park. Pub which serves food.

Bus Route 400

NEWGALE

A European BLUE FLAG beach!  The sandy beach backed by pebbles at the northern end and dunes and cliffs to the south is over 2 miles (3KM) long. A very popular surfing beach with surf school. Pub/restaurant and shop.

Bus Routes 400 and 411

SOLVA

A small pebble beach. Plenty of parking available in village. Pubs, restaurants, cafe’s and shops in village.

Bus Routes 400 and 411

CAERFAI BAY

A sand (at low tide) and rock beach. It is the closest beach to St.David’s and can get very busy. Limited parking. All facilities in St.David’s.

Bus Routes 400 and 411

PORTHCLAIS

A small shingle beach which tends to be quiet. Limited parking.

WHITESANDS BAY

An European BLUE FLAG Beach in a beautiful setting.  A west facing sand and rock pool beach with cliffs at either end.  Very popular with surfers. Beach divided into surfing and swimming areas. Bathers should take heed of the warning flags if conditions are unsuitable for swimming. Views to Ramsey Island and smaller islands.To the north lies the summit of Carn Llidi.  Porpoise and Dolphins can often be seen out to sea. Large car park. All facilities in St.David’s.

Bus Route 400

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