Beaches and Seaside towns

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The south and west of Wales has a large number of beaches and coves to explore and enjoy, form rugged and remote coves to miles of golden sand, pretty former fishing harbour villages to large resort towns of Aberystwyth and Aberaeron.

Click on this link " the Beach Guide" to go to the beach guide website for Dyfed, Dyfed is a name for Ceredigion (formerly Cardiganshire) Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, this lists 106 beaches in Dyfed.

The beach guide has 58 beaches listed where dogs are allowed and a further 45 where dogs allowed but are restricted in Dyfed. There is 1 beach in Dyfed on which a dog ban is in operation.(2017)

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Aberaeron website seaside town, mainly built in the early 1800s in a regency/Georgian style, unusual for this part of rural Wales, the house are nearly all painted in a wide palette of colours, set around the tidal and non tidal harbours, the beach is stone a pebble so this is not is main attraction, more the lovely ambience, good eating, cafes and visitor shops.      13 miles from Winllan Farm about 25 minutes drive. Dog friendly section.

Aberystwyth website ( Mouth of the Ystwyth) Historic market town, holiday resort and administrative centre of the county of Ceredigion formerly know as Cardiganshire. A promenade stretches from the north end with constitution hill and the Cliff Railway to the castle ruins and the pier at the other. 25 miles from Winllan Farm about 50 minutes drive. Dog friendly section.

Aberporth website  Former fishing village, lovely family blue flag beach. With a pub and two cafes over looking the beach, as well as fish and chips and Chinese take away a short walk inland. Great place to do the coast path to Tresaith, about 2 miles to the north, the north side has a car park with access to the path. see Tresaith 19 miles from Winllan Farm about 35 minutes drive. Dog friendly section.

Broad Haven Beach (North). website A big sandy beach, with a huge panorama of arcing brides bay coming round on both sides. Check the tide times as there is very little beach left on high tides. Good parking and cafe. There is a Broad Haven beach South, which is quite some way away closer to Tenby.  56 miles from Winllan Farm about 90 minutes drive. Dog friendly.

Cefn Sidan Beach nr Pembury website 8 miles of Golden sands, and the tide goes a long way out. We park at Pembury Country Park, 550 acres of idyllic woodlands. Huge areas of park, with numerous car park areas, 103 metre dry ski slope, longest toboggan run in Wales, Forest adventure play ground, 8  wild life trails, etc,ect. Click the link or go to Pembury Park in Local area. 36 miles from Winllan Farm about 70 minutes drive. Dogs are banned from the main 1 mile from may to September, there is another 7 miles for your dogs.

Cwmtydu website Small pebble beach, with a cafe, the drive down is narrow and twisty, limited parking on the front, but a further carpark opposite the cafe, about 100 yards back from the beach. Dog friendly.

Ferryside 

Llangrannog. website. One of my favourites, nice sandy beach, and when the tides is out the hidden gem of the second beach. Two pubs two cafes and a beach shop, Parking is limited but there is a park and ride in high season. 15 miles from Winllan Farm about 30 minutes drive. Dog friendly section.

Mwnt. website National trust beach, very picturesque, quaint old church, beach cafe, great views from atop the hill, pay and display parking. 25 miles from Winllan Farm about 50 minutes drive. Dog friendly October to 1st May.

Newport Sands. website Big sandy beach, Cafe and Toilets, lovely unspoilt town, we called in on a day trip drive around Pembrokeshire, calling in at St Davids, Broadhaven beach and the beautiful harbour cove at Solva. 36 miles from Winllan Farm about 65 minutes drive. Dog friendly.

New Quay. website New Quay must be the most popular attraction for our guests at Winllan Farm, being the closest and probably the most traditional seaside town, with 3 beaches, small harbour, plenty of places to eat and drink and shops selling the holiday seaside gifts its bound to be on your list too. 12 miles from Winllan Farm about 25 minutes drive. Dog friendly section, to the left of the harbour, the harbour beach is dog friendly October till May, there is a large beach to the north, also dog friendly, drive out of New Quay half a mile, turn left at the Cambrian inn, at the bottom of the hill there is a car park on the right, take the footpath opposite the car park, small chapel to the left, go through the gate on the right, about 200 metres to the beach, don't go at high tide, there is not much but large pebbles, big and sandy when the tide is low.

Pembury Sands, see Cefn Sidan

Pendine website Not been to Pendine, but like most people we have heard of it from the land speed record attempts of Malcolm Campbell of the 1920s. 7 miles of hard flat beach, there is the museum of speed, and nearby Laugharne, one of Dylan Thomas's homes, set in a most picturesque setting. 41 miles from Winllan Farm about 75 minutes drive. Dog friendly, but with restricted areas, either end are fine, 1st May till 30th September.

Penbryn website National trust beach, a very big beach about a mile long, cafe and gift shop, and pay and display parking at the top, its about 400 metres down to the beach, there is a drop off area at the bottom, but strictly no parking. There is also a footpath through the woods to the beach, from the car park. 16 miles from Winllan Farm about 30 minutes drive. Dog friendly October to 1st May.

Poppit Sands. website   Just into Pembrokeshire, this is a big sandy blue flag beach with a permanent life guard station. large car park and cafe. We usually go via Newcastle Emlyn, which you could stop at, visit the castle ruins, and or stop at the waterfall at Cenarth.  28 miles from Winllan Farm about 55 minutes drive. Dog friendly.

Saundersfoot website Not been to Saundersfoot, but have heard good things, seaside town, with a blue flag beach and a pleasant harbour, places to eat and drink. 47 miles from Winllan Farm about 75 minutes drive. Dog friendly, but with restricted area 1st May till 30th September.

Solva website Beautiful harbour good size car park, a pub for lunch, we stopped here on a day tour around Pembrokeshire, calling in at St Davids, Broadhaven beach and Newport sands. 55 miles from Winllan Farm about 90 minutes drive, best to combine with other places.

Tenby website Tenby has three beaches, Castle beach, North and South beach, Castle beach is in the middle so near to the town centre, which is great and a must place to visit. 49 miles from Winllan Farm about 75 minutes drive. Dog friendly, but there are restrictions, we went to the south beach, its a mile and a half long goes out a long way and saw lots of dogs, but did not see any signs of restrictions..

Tresaith. website Medium size sand and pebble beach, spectacular waterfall from the cliff at the northern end, the tide needs to be out to get to see it from the beach, can be seen from the coast path to Aberporth, which is well worth doing, only 2 miles. The pub is good and dog friendly, there is also a gift shop with ice creams. Parking is VERY limited, so best to park in Aberporth, the north side has a car park with access to the path and do the walk, have lunch and walk back for tea in Aberporth. Strangely there are several old railway carriages converted to dwellings, some very nicely, how they got them there is another matter. 18 miles from Winllan Farm about 35 minutes drive.

Ynyslas website  Just north of North. We had a marvellous day out to Ynyslas, the estuary was half a dozen kite surfers and the wind coming down the valley was brisk, they really picked up speeds and were great to watch, we then walk over the dunes to sea side and the dunes kept the wind off, we watched the sea gulls diving for fish (see our video on Facebook  you will have to go back a way on the show more button) Kids with their buckets and spades, horse riders and dog walkers. Dog Friendly, the Northern end was fine, the southern end, with the groynes is restrict to September till May 1st. On the estuary side you have to keep them on lead as it is a nature reserve. 35 miles from Winllan Farm about 65 minutes drive.