Pembrokeshire’s coastline is dotted with over 50 beaches and coves. Their abundance means that there is always a new spot to discover, and some are hidden gems. We love sunbathing on Whitesands or a walk along Newgale as much as anyone, but sometimes a day off the beaten track is needed. Here is a guide to some lesser-known treasures in Pembrokeshire.
Just north of Whitesands, this small sandy cove is accessed from the coast path. The cliff faces on all sides mean that it is sheltered from the breeze a lot of the time, and so is a perfect picnic spot!
Tucked around the corner from Whitesands to the south, this sandy beach is a favourite among those in the know. It’s only accessible from the coast path, and so is a great option on busy summer days. Park at Whitesands and enjoy the half an hour’s walk with stunning views.
Further afield near Dale, Watwick Bay is a favourite stop off for sailors on days out on the water. It truly is stunning, and (as with most on this list) is only accessible from the coast path. It’s also fantastic for rockpooling, so make sure to pack the nets!
Ask a local about Traeth Llfyn, near Porthgain, and they will tell you about the sweeping golden sands at low tide or the crystal clear waters on a still day. But first, they are likely to say ‘Oh yes, the one with those steps!’ The steep metal steps that descend to the beach are quite something, but so worth it for the paradise that awaits at the bottom!
Around the corner from Solva Harbour lies the Gwadn. Walk over the cliff from the harbour car park, or around the corner on a low tide. On a higher tide, the beach is likely to be all yours! It’s a real suntrap, and a summer’s day spent barbequing and swimming is a dream.
Park at Porthclais and set off on the mile walk west along the coast path to get to Porthlysgi. It doesn’t look like much at high tide, but as the water drops beautiful soft sand is revealed and it becomes a haven. Whether it’s a pit stop on a coast path walk or you base yourself there for the day, put it on your list!
Ceibwr Bay (nr. Molegrove)
This is a wild and wonderful beach that isn’t so good for a day’s sunbathing and swimming but is a fantastic stop off to spot some wildlife. While you’re there make sure to visit the Witches Cauldron to the south – a collapsed cave that has created one of the most beautiful spots around!
Porthmynawyd has what every beach needs – an ice cream parlour at the top of the hill! The dairy farm at Pointz Castle has a cafe serving their delicious ice cream so after a visit to this beautiful cove, be sure to pay them a visit.
This mostly pebble and shingle beach is tucked away further north than the others on this list, near Fishguard. While it is lacking in the sand department, that is more than made up for by the serious rock pooling potential you’ll find! The bay is usually sheltered, so can be good for a dip. Park at Strumble Head and the walk takes about 20 minutes.
Porth Y Rhaw
Walk down a valley at Nine Wells and discover a lush green haven, tucked away from any hustle and bustle. Porth Y Rhaw is a sheltered cove just around the corner from Solva, perfect for a flask of coffee or a picnic. On a wild day the sea here is spectacular to watch from a distance.