12 Family Friendly Pembrokeshire beaches to visit during your Bluestone Break

By Paul Burton Barafundle

Summer is finally here and in Pembrokeshire it doesn’t take much before we’re heading to the beach to enjoy the sunshine and the county’s stunning natural coastal beauty. We have come up with a list of some of our favourite sandy spots - from easy-to-reach well-known haunts to more secluded areas that are still a simple journey from Bluestone.

Barafundle Bay


Barafundle Bay offers a stunning walk through a forest and over a lake before you reach the stunning bay that looks out to rugged cliffs, clear ocean and the greenery of the coastal path. This is the perfect way to enjoy the variety of terrains that Pembrokeshire has to offer, and the long walk feels like a real adventure as you find your way to the bay through the trees, as if on a desert island. You’ll often find helpful locals directing visitors to their favourite spots which is a bonus. Gentle waves sweep in to its sandy embrace, making it an ideal bathing place for small children, although one drawback is that the lack of road access and the uneven terrain of its approaches make it unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Lacking direct road access only a half mile walk from Stackpole Quay to the north and just over a mile from Broad Haven South, it is well worth the picturesque cliff-path ramble to reach it.

Miles from Bluestone: 17

Parking: Yes - but half a mile walk away

Toilets: No

Freshwater West

Freshwater West Beach

The backdrop of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Freshwater West beach is surrounded by dessert like sand dunes that roll on and on into the surrounding landscapes. On early mornings you will often find the car parks full with keen surfers ready to catch the early morning waves at this picturesque spot. Freshwest, as it called locally, is one of Wales’s top surfing beaches and the base of the Outer Reef Surf School who offer surfing lessons for adults and youngsters, instructor courses and lifeguarding awards.

Miles from Bluestone: 20

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Monkstone Beach

Monkstone

Situated south of Monkstone Point, which is roughly midway between Saundersfoot and Tenby lies Monkstone beach. Free roadside parking is available on the lane to Trevayne farm and camping site on the cliff top from where a permissive path runs through the farm to the coast path. Then the fun begins as you enter what appears to be a secret path of over 100 steps down to this stunning little cove with clean, soft white sand and a wide horizon that seems to lead to infinity.

Miles from Bluestone: 10

Parking: Not right at the beach but near the coastal path

Toilets: No

Whitesands

Whitesands

A little further afield but definitely worth the journey for the water sport fanatics among our guests. Whitesands is overlooked by the hill of Carn Llidi. The wide expanse of fine white sand curves towards the remote rocky headland of St Davids Head. This is one of the best surfing beaches in the country and therefore very popular. The surf ‘break’ is at the northern end and on busy days there are canoeists, surfers and body boarders competing for the best waves. At the quieter south end, there are some nicely sheltered bays. Looking west towards the rugged archipelago known as the Bishops and Clerks, it is in a beautiful location and, with parking for 60 cars, public toilets, a cafe and summer lifeguard patrols, is well-equipped for all manner of seaside experiences and activities.

Miles from Bluestone: 28

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Broad Haven

broad haven beach

Broad Haven is a wide open sandy beach where you can enjoy watching trawler boats floating at a snail’s pace across the ocean’s back drop of wide blue skies (dependant on the day and time of year of course). There’s also the ocean side restaurant where you can enjoy a full three course meal or just a traditional ice cream in a cone. There is a surf shop on the south side of the beach where you can hire surfboards, paddleboards or kayaks. The rockpools on both edges of the beach are perfect for exploring!

Miles from Bluestone: 18

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Little Haven

little haven beach

Just a short walk or drive up the road from Broad Haven beach Little Haven is more of a secluded cove with some great rock pools to enjoy crabbing or searching for other ocean species that you may be surprised to find. As it’s only a small bay this one can get really packed during peak periods of holiday season so to get the best from it visit bright and breezy or later in the evening to enjoy the seclusion that locals love so much about this spot.

Miles from Bluestone: 17

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Tenby

tenby beach

Tenby is probably the most well know beach of Pembrokeshire as its converted boathouse featured on Grand Designs a couple of years ago and its regular promotion to tourists, it is a beautiful spot where the small town can be enjoyed as much as the beach itself. When the tide is in the North and South beaches are completely separate although during most of the day you can walk easily from one to the other. South Beach has a wider expanse of sand where you can enjoy longer walks or runs, it also has some areas enclosed by sand dunes where you can plot up for a day sunbathing or an evening barbeque. From North beach you can enjoy views of St Catherine’s Island and Fort.

Miles from Bluestone: 12

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Saundersfoot

Saundersfoot Harbour Beach

A small cove set within the quaint seaside town of Saundersfoot itself. This is a great place for rock pooling, or sea fishing from the shore line and simply to plot up for a picnic. You can also enjoy a coastline walk and some traditional fish and chips if picnics aren’t your thing. The countryside around is also rewarding to visit, green, wooded and undulating with picnic areas and camping sites and walks through both inland and along the coast. One of the favourites is along the old coal tramway and through a tunnel to adjacent Wiseman’s Bridge.

Miles from Bluestone: 22

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Newgale

Almost completely hidden from road level by hills of pebbles that must be encountered before you reach the soft sands that are regularly trodden by surfers young and old from beginners to pros, Newgale is a favourite amongst surfers for its consistent tide and safe surroundings. What appears to be a simple roadside shop – Newsurf also offer surf tuition and refresher training along with board and wetsuit hire, there’s also a beach side pub which is a great place for an alfresco glass of wine as the sun goes down. The 2.5-mile wide beach of golden sand, backed by a high pebble bank, is a perfect family beach, but when the breeze is brisk a wind-break is necessary. The sands shelve gently so the shallows are ideal for small children, and during the summer the local authority provides wooden walkways to negotiate the pebbles from the two main carparks. Parking fees are charged from Spring to October but there are designated spaces for disabled use both on the seafront and in the clifftop park on the Nolton Road, where the views are even more spectacular and there is easy access to the Coastal Path.

Miles from Bluestone: 18

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Amroth

Amroth

Amroth beach stretches the whole length of the village. It has an extremely low tide from which you can still see the Petrified Forest; destroyed when sea levels rose 7000 years ago. Fossilised antlers, nuts, animal bones and Neolithic flints have all been discovered here over the years. The village parish was an important anthracite coal mining area until the end of the 19th century. Slight remains of mines and tramways are still visible. Ruins of Amroth Castle also remain and are great for photography fans.

Miles from Bluestone: 10

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Ceibwr Bay

Ceibwr beach is reached from Moylegrove where there is free parking for about 20 to 25 cars. It’s caught in a little, narrow inlet surrounded by cliffs and has a wild feel to it – almost inhospitable in winter – but undeniably beautiful. You might even spot a porpoise. It’s shingly and pebbly with a little sand. Just down the coast path is a dramatic collapsed cave known as the Witches’ Cauldron.

Miles from Bluestone: 31

Parking: No - but there is roadside parking

Toilets: No

Nolton Haven

Nolton Haven

Nolton Haven is a little-known cove with a sandy beach – it’s just down the coast road from the popular Broad Haven near Newgale. If you look carefully when you stand at the top of the beach, you’ll see the two headlines look a bit like faces looking across the beach at one another.

Miles from Bluestone: 17

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

After a day out exploring our beautiful county and it's beaches, return to your luxurious lodge, grab a bit to eat at one of our restaurants and start planning the next day's adventures!

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