Newgale (Welsh: Niwgwl) is a village with a three mile stretch of beach in the parish of Roch, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. The beach is situated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and has rugged coastal scenery with the path winding up and down the cliffs.
Newgale is one of over 40 Welsh ‘Blue Flag’ beaches, which means it has the top certification for quality, cleanliness and facilities.
The beach is backed by a large natural, pebble (shingle) wall or storm beach as defence against the high tides. The current storm beach was created by a storm and high tide in the 1880s, and before that there used to be another field’s width of land and an older shingle bank further out. The building of the new road and bridge is commemorated by a plaque on the pedestrian path of the bridge by the cafe. At very low tides and after winter storms the trunks of former trees can be seen in the sand.
Fulmars and Sand Martins nest in the cliffs during the summer months.
Newgale is popular with holiday makers, windsurfers, surfers and canoeists throughout the summer months.
There are two caravan parks, a camping site, some shops and a pub. The surf at Newgale is good for beginners, with the waves usually backing off a bit even on large swell. Surfing is best on the rising tide.
The beach is a favourite place for the local people, who promenade on Boxing Day every year.
Newgale marks the boundary between English and Welsh-speaking Pembrokeshire, with the next beach north of Newgale being called Pen-y-Cwm.