Part two of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire, takes us on further explorations of the South Wales coast, to see many more fantastic beaches in the stunning county of Pembrokeshire.
Barafundle Bay is not the easiest of beaches to gain access to, but the stunning walk through a glorious forest and around a beautiful lake leads down to the wonderful vista that is Barafundle Bay. The bay is surrounded by rugged cliffs and looks out over clear ocean, to the rear is a slim track of green which is the coastal path and offer spectacular views of the coastline. It is almost an adventure just getting to the beach, and when you arrive a long stretch of sand is there to welcome you.
Almost midway between Tenby and Saundersfoot and south of Monkstone Point, lies Monkstone Beach. To get to the beach there is a small lane that heads towards Trevayne farm on top of the cliffs ringing around the beach. Suddenly a hidden set of stone steps emerges and it will take you down the cliff face to the sand. At the last step you emerge on the white sand of an enchanting little cove.
Getting to Whitesands beach is definitely for the adventurer, and it is overlooked by the impressive Carn Llidi, Whitesands is perfect for people who love watersports and the beach has a large expanse of sand. As the eye runs across the bay it encounters the marvelous view of St Davids Head. Whitesands beach is renowned for surfing and gets really popular at certain times of the year, the best surf break is at the northern end of the beach and you can find body boarders, surfers, canoeists all vying for the best waves.
Tenby is a great town with plenty of things to do and see, and many tourists flock to Tenby to take advantage of the beach, when the tide is high it splits into North Beach and South Beach. But it is fairly easy to walk between the two beaches. For those who like sand then South Beach is probably better, it has a long stretch of sand to enjoy all manner of beach activities. South Beach also has many dunes where your sunbathing is sheltered and the swimming easier. However, from North Beach the views are the best of St Catherine’s Island and its marvelous fort.
The quaint village of Amroth has a beach that is as long as the whole length of the town. When the tide is low it is still possible to see the Petrified Forest, which was formed when the sea rose to much higher levels almost seven thousand years ago. Over the years all manner of fossils, animal bones, nuts and Neolithic flints have been uncovered. Amroth was an important mining town right up to the 19th Century, and remains of the industry such as tramways and shafts can still be seen. One of the joys of Amroth is the castle which provides perfect photo opportunities to add to your holiday album. Pembrokeshire certainly offers one of the most dramatic coastlines in the whole of Great Britain, the variety of beaches is superb and offers something for everybody.