St Davids Peninsula (Pembrokeshire)
St David’s Peninsula, a beautiful part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with rocky headlands and island-dotted seascapes.
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- Whitesands beach is one of the most popular sandy beaches in Pembrokeshire, and this west facing beach is also known as Porth Mawr. In the summer it can get quite crowded on both the beach and in the water. To help swimming and surfing areas marked by lifeguard flags during the season. Good coast path walks from car park.
- Porthmelgan beach is a remote beach on St David’s Head overlooking Ramsay island. At high tide the beach is pebbles but sand becomes visible as the tide goes out. The beach is sheltered by rocky cliffs and a large stream cuts across the beach. Porthmelgan beach is a popular choice rather than the busier Whitesands Bay beach with access being a short 10 minute walk along the coast path from Whitesands Bay. Nearest facilities are at Whitesands Bay where you have parking, toilets and cafe.
- St David’s Cathedral is in St David’s in Pembrokeshire in the south-western corner of Wales. The cathedral, named after Wales’ patron saint, is one of the country’s best-loved attractions. The cruciform-shaped cathedral dates back to 1181 but there has been a church on the site ever since the 6th century. Inside, visitors can marvel at the beautiful oak and painted ceilings, the extraordinary sloping floors and the restored cloisters, all which contribute to its special character. The cathedral and its grounds dominate the tiny city of St David’s, and this and the magnificent remains of the neighbouring Bishops Palace are well worth a visit. Open throughout the year.
- Porthclais beach is really more a harbour than a beach. You have sand at low water but not what you would call a spectacular beach. To gain access to sandy part you need to walk down the harbour which has a stream running through it. Good access to cliff path walks from the National Trust car park a few yards up the road that has toilets and a refreshment kiosk during summer season.
- Caerfai Bay beach is a sandy beach with a high water pebble bank. At high tide you don’t get much beach but as the tide goes out the beach becomes much larger and wider and the waters are shallow. The beach faces south west into the Atlantic Ocean and is backed by purple sandstone cliffs, this sandstone was quarried for the construction of St.Davids Cathedral. The beach has a car park and a number of campsites.
- South Bishop Lighthouse (also known as Emsger) is situated on a outcrop of rock in St George’s Channel 4¾ miles south west of St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire. The lighthouse was built in 1839 and acts primarily as a waymark for vessels navigating offshore and secondly to assist vessels navigating around the Bishops and Clerks.
- Llyfn beach is a west facing sandy beach backed by impressive cliffs. This can be a dangerous beach for swimming due to strong currents and undertow. Very steep open tread metal steps access to beach from cliff top. A few parking options exist at either Porthgain and walk, Abereiddy and walk or at Barry Island Farm (permission of farmer, charge for parking) down private road and dirt track.
- Newgale Sands is nearly 3 km long, backed with a high tide pebble bank. At high water most of the beach is completely submerged but at other times a glorious wide sandy beach, popular with dog walkers, surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers etc. Due to its size and excellent sand conditions makes a good kite buggy and kite boarding beach. Facilities include toilets, telephones and emergency phones, shops, cafes, garage and pub, car parking and there are two campsites located nearby. Lifeguards patrol the beach in the summer.
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