Sandy Haven Beach
A cliff backed rocky beach but a wide expanse of sand is exposed at low tide. There are plenty of rock pools to keep any budding explorer happy for hours. At low tide stepping stones allow you to cross the Sandy Haven Pill but make sure you keep an eye on the tide as it could be a 4 mile walk back to the car park.
Awards – Seaside Award (Rural) 2015.
Parking – 30 space car park above beach and it’s free!
Beach facilities – Slipway
Perfect for – Bathing, Canoeing, Sailing and Sea Angling.
Walking distance on the coast path to Woody Kiln – 1 mile
This rural beach is accessible only by coastal path or across the playing fields from St Ishmaels village. Surrounded by tall cliffs the beach is very secluded and at its best at low tide when a wide expanse of sand and rock pools are revealed. Take care as the steps leading down to the beach are steep. If you’re planning to visit, check out the tide times to make sure you’ve plenty of beach to play on and that you don’t get cut off by the incoming tide! Nearest parking in St Ishmaels.
Parking – In the village of St Ishmaels.
Walking distance around coast path to Woody Kiln – 4.91km / 3.05 miles
A sandy beach enclosed by towering cliffs accessible only by very steep steps. This is where King Henry VII landed his army on the way to the battle of Bosworth and the founding of the Tudor Dynasty. Henry was born at Pembroke Castle. There are the remains of a wrecked steamer on the beach at low tide.
Parking – In Dale or there’s a car park by an old airfield on the road to St Anne’s lighthouse.
Awards – Green Coast Award 2015
Walking distance around coast path to Woody Kiln – 20.35km /12.64miles
A huge expanse of sand at low tide with rocks and interesting cliff formations. Rockpools can be found at the western end of the beach. At high tide the beach can disappear altogether, but at low tide, there’s plenty to explore. The rock strata has divided the beach up into numerous little ‘bays’ for even more privacy. Climb over the rocks at the western end to discover Albion Sands, a perfect little sandy beach. At low tide you can see all that’s left of a wrecked ship sticking out of the sand; its prop shaft.
Scenes from the Hollywood film “Snow White and the Huntsman” – featuring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart – were shot here in September 2011!
Awards – Green Coast Award 2015 and Seaside Award (Rural) 2015.
Parking – At the National Trust car park ½ mile from the beach.
Walking distance around coast path to Woody Kiln – 22.54kms /14miles
A beautiful sandy beach that is revealed only at low tide and only accessible from the coast path or a 10 minute walk along a footpath across fields. This makes the beach feel really remote. There are two tables at the very top of the beach giving superb views and the perfect spot for a picnic. Access on to the beach is by scrambling across the rocks and therefore not suitable for the unsteady.
Parking – Limited roadside parking half a mile west of Marloes village (3 or 4 cars only).
Walking distance around coast path to Woody Kiln – 29.67km/18.44miles