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Our Blue Flag Beaches

Pembrokeshire’s beaches have been awarded the most Blue Flags in Wales with 11 in total, including three beaches in Tenby just down the road from Bluestone National Park Resort.

Blue Flags recognise the highest level of cleanliness and water quality and celebrates the best beaches in the UK. Here are all 11 of the Blue Flag beaches in Pembrokeshire:

Dale

 

If the sun is shining, then Dale is the place to be - attracting more hours of sunshine than most other spots in the UK. Dale on the far west coast of Pembrokeshire and is accompanied by a charming little seaside village, sheltering inside the northern entrance to Milford Haven harbour. Pictured above is nearby West Dale which is a beautifully secluded spot.

Miles from Bluestone: 22

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

 

Coppet Hall

At the northern end of Saundersfoot Beach you’ll find Coppet Hall - a beautiful stretch of golden sands. Children love the nearby tunnel that the nearby coastal path takes them through which seems to take them from one magical world to another, leaving a long stretch of golden sand behind, with another stretch of rocky shore before they reach the next golden beach at Wiseman’s Bridge.

   Miles from Bluestone: 10

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Whitesands Bay

 

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

Tenby - North, South and Castle

 

Tenby boasts four beaches, each with their own unique charm and three of them are Blue Flag.

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

 

  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 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

Poppit Sands

 

If you catch Poppit in the calm weather it is an ideal location for a family day out - just be careful of the tides. In the right conditions there is plenty of space for beach games of cricket or football and for wearing out over-active toddlers. There is often a brisk sea breeze, too, which is ideal for kite flying, while gentle surfing is possible when the tide is right.

Miles from Bluestone: 29

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

   Lydstep

 

Lydstep Haven is a beautiful crescent-shaped bay of golden sands, just around the corner from Tenby, nicely sheltered from the winds. The view from the beach at Lydstep is splendid but the view from the clifftop is even more spectacular.

Miles from Bluestone: 14

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

 

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