The St Davids Peninsula is dotted with numerous beaches each with its own characteristics and so choosing the right beach is quite an art!
Think what you want to do – if it is surfing, then it’s best to choose a beach from where the wind is blowing to get the best waves. If you want to swim, choose a sheltered beach. During the summer some beaches have a dog ban to keep the water clean.
Following the 2014 severe winter storms, you will find that quite some beach sand has been moved away by the sea to deeper waters. This has resulted in ground rocks being exposed such as at Newgale. So best to cast an eye at low tide to see what a beach is like!
TIDES: 2 a day (2 x low and 2 x high tide) and roughly an hour later each day. Tide difference – between 5 and 6 meters.
THE BEACHES (from south around the peninsula northwards):
Newgale – very large expansive beach facing west. Liked by surfers. Dog ban at certain stretches in summer. Lifeguards present in summer.
Solva – swimming in the harbour at high tide; sandy at the harbour entrance at low tide
Caerfai – access has been re-established following coastal erosion. Small family beach.
Porthclais Harbour – see Solva above
Whitesands Beach – the premier beach – large golden sand, excellent for wave surfing. Dog ban in the summer. Lifeguards present in summer. Cafe and shop at beach.
Abereiddy – a black sand beach and a mecca for coasteering.
Traethllyfyn – out of the way, you will have to walk to get to this beach, but a large sandy beach facing northwestwards. Steps down the cliff to beach.
In between all the above beaches, you will find smaller beaches and coves, many of which are pebbly and have sand just at low tide.
REMEMBER: Every year visitors get ‘cut off by the tide’ meaning that the way back is blocked by the incoming sea. Watch out and always consult the tide time table.
A useful App is the ‘Wales Coast App’ (for mobile phone) see: