Aberbach and Abermawr are two neighbouring beaches on Pembrokeshire's north-west coast, situated approximately 2 miles north of Mathry, just off the A487. The beaches are separated by a small headland and flanked by low cliffs of boulder clay and mudstone. Both beaches are backed by a pebble bank, along which runs the coast path. Abermawr beach is mostly sand and is a popular surfing beach being at its best either side of the high tide. Aberbach has very little sand and the rocky coast to the north is a popular venue for coasteering. The pebble banks have blocked off the valleys behind creating areas of marshland. Footpaths lead inland from both beaches through wooded areas and are worth a short walk.
A no-through road (signposted Abermawr) has some roadside parking and a turning circle at the end. Access to Abermawr is a short walk south-west along the coast path from the end of the road, and access to Aberbach is from a footpath on the right about 150 yards before the end of the lane.
There are no facilities at these beaches but nearby Tregwynt Woollen Mill has a tearoom serving teas and snacks.
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Abercastle is a small harbour on Pembrokeshire's north coast. There is very limited parking overlooking the beach and a slipway onto the sand. There is a charge for launching here - in 2012 it's £5 for small boats and £1 for canoes. The beach consists of seaweed strewn sand, with the headland on the west side becoming an island on the high tide. A cave runs through this. It is very sheltered, and is popular with anglers, canoeists and divers, with a large fragmented wreck situated on the west side at about 15m depth. There are toilets and a phone here and a cafe and pub in nearby Trefin.
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Abereiddy and the Blue Lagoon are situated on Pembrokeshire's rocky north-west coast. There is a free car park (which fills up quickly in summer) overlooking the beach and access to the beach is a walk of a few yards. It is a popular surfing beach, best around low to mid tide, but beginners should beware of rips. The beach itself is shingle and dark sand flanked by cliffs of slate and shale.
There are toilets here and refreshments are usually available from vans in the car park. Behind the beach are the ruins of a few cottages. Just north of the beach a good wide path leads to the Blue Lagoon, a flooded quarry where coasteers and others jump from heights of about 4 and 8 metres into the water. Signs warn that the water is deep and cold. Good spectator sport if you've had enough of the beach.
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Aberfelin (also known as Aber Draw) is a small rocky cove close to the village of Trefin on Pembrokeshire's rocky north-west coast. It is mostly rocks and rockpools with some sand. At low tide the beach extends to the north, with a cave running through a small island.
The road passes near the beach and there is only roadside parking which is very limited. The ruins of an old mill and a slate bridge over a stream are at the back of the beach. There are no facilities here but the village of Trefin is a short walk away and has toilets, a pub, a cafe, a weaving centre and further parking spaces.
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Porthgain is a small coastal hamlet on the north coast of St Davids Peninsula. Once a small commercial harbour used for exporting stone from the nearby quarry, Porthgain is now a very popular tourist centre thanks to a great pub, a super cafe restaurant and excellent art galleries. Add to this the superb location in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Porthgain has a winning combination. Porthgain was designated as a conservation area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in 1997.
Pwllstrodur is a small secluded rocky cove between Abermawr and Abercastle. Access is via the coast path, or for an easier route, take the road out of Abercastle (there are some places to park along here), follow the farm road on the left for about ½mile and take the footpath on the left through a field to the beach.
The beach is dark sand with pebbles at the back and rocks on either side.
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Traeth Llyfn is on Pembrokeshire's rocky north-west coast. Access is by coast path from Abereiddy or Porthgain. A long set of metal and concrete steps (124 total) takes you down to the beach which is sand backed by cliffs of slate and shales. A rip current often occurs on the south side.
The beach offers good opportunities for photography, especially in the evenings. The steps are the only way off the beach, so keep an eye on the incoming tide
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Whitesands Bay is situated about 2 miles west of St Davids, and is regarded as one of the best surfing beaches in Wales, occasionally producing waves up to 10 feet. The beach is sand backed by low dunes and sandstone cliffs, with the headland of Trwynhwrddyn at the north end. A rip current occurs near this in surf conditions. North of the headland is the small sandy cove of Porth Lleuog. The beach is overlooked by the rocky peak of Carn Llidi. There is an attended car park (which fills quickly at peak periods) behind the beach, with toilets, picnic tables and a beach cafe. Access to the beach is down a slipway.
Lifeguards patrol late June to early September, and a total dog ban is in force from May to September inclusive.
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