Wales’ stunning coastlines, with hundreds of secret coves and bays, are among the most spectacular in the world. However, many of these beaches are little known and seldom visited.
Make an effort to discover them and you’ll reap the benefits of some of the UK’s finest beaches, complete with Robinson Crusoe solitude, pristine sands, excellent snorkeling, and some of the best walking routes in Britain.
On these wild shores there are no lifeguards to look out for you; take care when swimming and check tide timings carefully – several beaches are at their peak during low tide but may completely vanish as the waves come bank in.
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Aberffraw (Traeth Mawr) Beach, Anglesey
The Aberffraw dunes, located east of the village of Aberffraw, are one of the most extensive examples of mobile dune habitat in the United Kingdom. The hamlet of Aberffraw is to its west.
The area also belongs to the Abermenai to Aberffraw Dunes SAC (SAC).
The dunes have free access and a parking lot on the western side is accessible off the A4080 main road, just off Aberffraw.
Refreshments may be found in Aberffraw at the Llys Llewelyn visitor center and café (which is open during the peak season).
The diverse habitats support a variety of interesting flora and insects, including several uncommon species, such as shore dock and petalwort (a uncommon kind of liverwort).
The reserve’s southern mobile dunes contain an abundance of sea holly, making it one of Wales’ largest lyme-grass communities.
Traeth Soden Beach (Cwm Silio)
Traeth Soden is a remote cove located at the foot of a long wooded valley where the little Afon Soden river cascades. Because it is the only way to get to the beach from the road, it is usually quite peaceful. Traeth Soden has become known locally as “the secret beach.”
A mixture of sand and shingle with grassy headlands runs the length of this beach. A small stream meanders across the beach, occasionally creating a little lagoon above the high tide line. As the tide retreats, a rocky coast is revealed, with a few rock pools nestled among the boulders.
Porth Wen Beach, Anglesey
Porth Wen is a little bay located just west of Bull Bay. Despite its charms, Porth Wen is rather off the beaten track and frequented by fishermen.
The shoreline here is comprised of rough rocks, and as the tide drops out, numerous rockpools are revealed.
A prominent natural rock arch can be found near the western end of the beach, which appears to have been incorporated into the ruins of an ancient harbour. The rustic brickworks are perhaps Port Wen’s most fascinating feature.
The brickworks were shut down during World War I and the ruins of the chimneys, factory structures, and kilns remain to this day, creating a spooky backdrop to this picturesque bay.
Porth Wen can be difficult to access since it necessitates a lengthy hike. There is little available parking near by.
Porth Iago Beach, Lleyn Peninsula
Porth Iago, a tiny sand beach on the Llyn Peninsula, is lovely. The cove faces south-west and is located between Graig Ddu and Dinas Headlands.
While you’re here, or if the wind blows northward, it’s worth going for a stroll to Porth Ferin Beach, which faces north but isn’t as sandy.
There are no facilities available at this beach, so bring food, water, and anything else you need.
There is a charge to enter the farm and park your car; there is also a fee for accessing and parking.
Down a short steep sandy path from the car park is access via a farming trail. Above the beach, in the car park above it, you may camp freely; it’s an excellent location for wilderness camping away from it all.
Ynyslas – Twyni Bach (Estuary) Beach
On the south bank of the River Dovey, Ynyslas – Twyni Bach (Estuary) Beach is located (Afon Dyfi). The reserve’s dune system runs along the coast and Ynyslas National Nature Reserve, which contains a popular visitor center. There are panoramic views over the estuary to Aberdyfi from the beach.
Visitors come to this beach to unwind and walk along the dunes or seek for the numerous lovely shells that may be found throughout the sand. Because of the strong river tides, swimming here is hazardous.
There is a long-standing tradition of parking vehicles for a small charge on a roped-off section of the beach.
Aber Rhigian Beach (Aberrhigian)
This hidden north-facing beach is only accessible from the coast walk or a mile-long hike from the closest parking spot on the A487. Aber Rhigian Beach (Aberrhigian) is located in a deep bay surrounded by lush forested hills, where the Cwm Rhigian cascades.
The beach is mostly pebbles, but as the tide recedes, sandy areas appear. The cliffs that run along both sides of the beach provide excellent protection from the wind and waves, making this a fantastic location for swimming and other water activities. Some caution is necessary, however, given its remoteness.
Because of its remote location, Aber Rhigian is seldom busy, with just the odd walker or kayak from up the coast passing by.
Barmouth Beach (Abermaw)
Barmouth is Snowdonia’s most popular seaside resort, located to the south of the island. The beach at Abermaw, which faces west and has a variety of sand and excellent shingle, is ideal for swimming and water activities.
There are stunning views of Cardigan Bay and the picturesque harbour from certain vantage points.
As you walk along the beach, there are lifeguards on duty. Be careful not to let them see your bathing suit! However, during the summer months, the beach can get crowded and a land train runs down the pier.
Traditional donkey rides, swing boats, and amusement arcades are all available. The sand is wide enough that you may get away from it all.
There is excellent disabled access to the water as well as all leisure activities, such as a comprehensive variety of shops and cafés close by.
Broadhaven South Beach
The sand dunes at Water’s Edge lead west from the National Trust-owned Bosherston Lakes. This beach has plenty of soft sand at low tide and enough room for everyone.
Excessively narrow steps lead down from the car park to the sand at this beach’s southern end, making it difficult for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
The National Trust has a map of recommended pathways to help people with assisted wheelchairs, wheelchair users, and pushcarts access the park.
Please be informed that the Broadhaven South sea has significant currents.
Explore the rocks on the west side to discover caverns and springs gushing from the cliffs.
The low cliffs on the east side have a few little caves at low tide. This side of the clean stream that empties into the lily ponds runs along, and it’s ideal for small children to play in. There’s also a nice big rock for jumping off at high tide.
Benllech Beach, on the east coast of Anglesey, is one of the island’s most popular beaches. It has beautiful golden sand and crystal-clear Blue Flag seas that families will enjoy paddling and swimming in.
At low tide, the sand stretches for miles, providing plenty of area for activities such as swimming, building sandcastles, windsurfing, sailing, and sea fishing. Rock pools offer opportunities to view crabs, starfish, and tiny fish up close.
There are disabled and pushchair access at Benllech Beach. There is roadside parking (fee) with easy access to the sand near the village of Llangefni, which is close to Benllech Beach.
A café, toilets, a beach shop, and an emergency responder service are also available. In the summer season, dogs are not allowed on the main beach; however , there are several areas that are dog-friendly all year round.
Benllech Beach, with its grassy cliffs and a walkway, is overlooked by rocky headlands. The Isle of Anglesey Coast Path meanders through Benllech village, making it an excellent location for walking.
Tenby Beach, Pembrokeshire
The most beautiful, secluded, and sandy beach on the island is Tenby Beach. In the centre of the beach is a pinnacle of Goskar rock sticking out of the sand.
The harbour lies to the west end of this enclosed, east-facing beach, making it a genuine sun trap even on windy days.
Dogs are not permitted on the beach from May 1 to September 30. From May 1 to 15, dogs are not allowed at all; there’s a water-related restriction in effect (this is only for beaches with lifeguard services).
The entire beach, including animal restrictions, is available from 1st of May through September 30th.
Check out a map of the beach to help you decide which section it applies to. If you’re going there, check the tide times to make sure you have enough sand space and don’t get cut off by the incoming tide!
So there you have it, these Wales beaches are some of the best and most beautiful in all of Wales.
With plenty of activities for the whole family, stunning surroundings, and excellent accessibility, these beaches are perfect for a summer day out.
So what are you waiting for?
Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy some of the best coastline Wales has to offer!