There is so much to ‘sea’ and do in Pembrokeshire at any time of year, but for us any visit to Pantier would not be complete without a beach visit or eight! Below is our list of the top 8 local beaches (including some fabulous pit-stops) within just 20 minutes drive of us, starting with stunning Little Haven and heading west… it’s time to pack your swimming gear, grab your bucket and spade and come and join us!
1 – Little Haven
If you visit this pretty little village and cove (often dubbed little Cornwall in Wales), be sure to walk out to the Point and take in the view of St Brides Bay before calling in at trendy Lobster and Mor for some fantastic fresh lobster or a delicious crab sandwich, children (and adults alike!) will love the live lobster tank! What’s more, the cove is the perfect spot for a swim – and after a refreshing dip you have not one but THREE fabulous pubs to choose from to rehydrate in! What’s not to love?
2 – Druidstone beach
You can pick up the coastal path in Little Haven and walk the beautiful 3 or so miles to Druidstone beach – we are spoilt with just over 186 miles of Pembrokeshire coastal path to choose from and this little section does not disappoint – there are some spectacular cliff formations, natural arches and caves to explore, as well as the famous ‘telly tubby house’ and the ever fabulous and bohemian Druidstone Hotel or quite simply ‘The Dru’- an absolute must do – breathtaking otherworldly sunsets, flowing local beer and atmospheric guitars are the order of the day here.
3 – Nolton Haven
A hop, skip and a jump to the next cove, the small but beautiful beach of Nolton Haven, is a fabulous spot for a child friendly kayak and swim at high tide and if you’re feeling brave enough why not join in with the locals in the summer and dive down for crabs for an impromptu beach BBQ! Crucially for families, this beach has a fantastic dam-able stream providing hours of child entertainment – and if you’ve ever fancied an exhilarating gallop through the waves, the local Nolton stables offer the most wonderful coastal hacks down to glorious neighbouring Druidstone beach and beyond.
4 – Newgale
Pantier is only a 1.5 mile drive to our local beach, the stunning and epic Blue Flag splendour of Newgale. With its 2 miles of golden sand and a surf and watersports activity centre on site there is SO much on offer for families, surfers and walkers alike – learn to surf or paddle board by day (try Newsurf just behind the beach or Phil from Pembrokeshire Surf School) and roast marshmallows on the campfire by night. You’ll also find the most fabulous rock pools at either end of the beach and a sunset like no other.
5 – Porthmynawyd (pronounced ‘Porth-min-ar-wid’)
A little hidden gem just west of Newgale – Porthmynawyd. Access is by a public footpath from Pointz Castle farm, the home of a beautiful cafe selling incredible ice-cream all made on site (complete with a fabulous tractor and sand pit playbarn!). The footpath leads through two fields and along a deep lush valley to the beach. This is an amazing sheltered beach for swimming with countless hidden caves to explore filled with fluorescent blue water. If visiting with children, look to time your visit with an ebbing tide as the bay reveals large patches of soft, wet golden sand, perfect for those looking to try out their bucket and spade!
6 – Solva
For those looking to stretch their coastal legs with some gorgeous local craft and foodie delights thrown in, we are only a short 10 minute drive to the picturesque harbour village of Solva. Stroll along the harbour and take in the views – it’s also a fabulous spot for some crabbing at high tide! At low tide you can walk right out along the mouth of the harbour to a secluded cove. The village itself has a number of lovely local craft shops, galleries and eateries – look out for the local catch on the menu at the wonderful 35 Main Street on the front and be sure to grab a bag of welshcakes warm off the griddle from the fabulous ladies at Mamgu. For families, there is a wonderful playground just tucked behind 35 Main Street over the little bridge (perfect for an impromptu game of Pooh Sticks!). From May onwards, you’ll find lots of families and youngsters jumping into the water at high tide on warm evenings and there’s always plenty of paddle boarding opportunities – so make sure to bring your wetsuit along and dive right in!
7 – Whitesands (St Davids)
This beach is perfect for a spot of body boarding – or a great spot to relax on the sand and people watch! The cafe on site is an added bonus for a spontaneous trip! While you’re out in St Davids – don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views from Caerfai Bay and take a trip past the Cathedral out to St Justinians, a truly epic spot right on the western edge of the peninsula that feels like you are at the end of world. This is where the local lifeboat station is located with a stunning vista across to Ramsay Island, rich with wildlife, and a stretch of white water known locally and somewhat affectionately as ‘The Bitches’! Our lovely friends at Voyages of Discovery can certainly take you on a boat trip to remember along this stretch – dramatic caves and crystal blue waters full of dolphins, whales, puffins and seals, make for an epic trip!
8 – Abereiddy / Porthgain
Park by Abereiddy beach and take the lovely little walk past the old mining cottages to the incredible blue lagoon – now famed for the Red Bull diving event held here every year, it gets its almost phosphoresent blue colour from the slate beneath – for the more adventurous, why not try some lagoon coasteering! Before heading to historic Porthgain harbour for a mooch in the galleries and some fabulous local food at The Shed fish bistro (INCREDIBLE fish and chips) or the characterful Sloop Inn – there’s something almost Disney-esque about the magical interior, with wooden cladding, copious lights and boats hanging from the ceiling! The 2 mile coastal path between these two gems is also a favourite of many and a great place to seal spot!
… and there are SO many more local beaches and hidden gems to visit, far more than we can squeeze into this blog post, plus we don’t want to give away all its secrets! A big part of the fun is discovering them for yourselves – so why not book a break in either one of our beautiful cottages and go on your own Pembrokeshire adventure!