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UK's best beaches - Wales
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BEACH: Aberporth, Ceredigion
HOW TO GET THERE: Aberporth is situated eight miles north of Cardigan. Turn off the A487 at Tanygroes and follow signs for Aberporth. There is a bus service.

Sandy beach with rock pools exposed at low tide and access to cliff top walks along Ceredigion's Heritage Coast. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; cafe; slipway; dog restrictions; dog exercise area; pay car park; campsite.

BEACH: Abersoch, Gwynedd
HOW TO GET THERE: There is a railway link to Pwllheli, road access, well signposted off the A499 and good public transport.

Large, sandy beach with scenic boat trips available to the St Tudwal and Bardsey Islands. Beach facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; jet skiing; cafe/ restaurant; beach huts; surfboard hire; slipway; lost child centre; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; pay parking; street parking; harbour; campsite; leisure centre.

BEACH: Aberystwyth, North and South beaches, Ceredigion
HOW TO GET THERE: Follow the A487 from north or south, off the A44 from the east. Frequent bus and rail services to and from Aberystwyth.

Gently sloping sand and shingle beach rests in reasonably well sheltered bay and is the departure point for daily boat trips to explore Cardigan Bay. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; cafe/ restaurant; slipway; deck chair hire; promenade; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; bowling; crazy golf; pay parking; street parking; park and ride; harbour; campsite; leisure centre.

BEACH: Amroth, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: From the A40 take the A478 to Begelly Head out on the A477 from Killgetty. It is well signposted from this point. There is also a regular bus service.

Large, sandy beach with some shingle and rocky areas overlooked by small, undeveloped, unspoilt village with promenade. Western end marks the starting point of the 186 mile (300km) Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Beach facilities include: windsurfing; paddleboats; cafe/ restaurant; slipway; dog exercise area; free parking (across road); street parking; campsite.

BEACH: Barmouth, Abermaw, Gwynedd
HOW TO GET THERE: Barmouth has a railway station and good public transport. There is a good road network, which is well signposted off the A470.

Large, west facing beach with mixture of sand and some fine shingle and views of Cardigan Bay and local harbour. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; jet skiing; cafe; promenade; dog exercise area; lost child centre; pay parking; street parking; campsite; amusement arcade; leisure centre.

BEACH: Benllech, Anglesey
HOW TO GET THERE: Benllech is located on the A5025 Menai Bridge to Amlwich Road.

Slipway allows easy access to long sandy beach with facilities including: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; cafe/ restaurant; promenade; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; pay parking (across road); street parking; campsite.

BEACH: Borth, Ceredigion
HOW TO GET THERE: Follow A487 north from Aberystwyth, turn off at Bow Street on to B4353 to Borth. Frequent bus and rail links to and from Borth.

The friendly village of Borth has three miles of unbroken sands. To the north, the southern extremities of Snowdonia rise from the sea above Aberdyfi and the scenic estuary of the Dyfi river. The beach is good for water-sports and there is camping nearby.

BEACH: Bracelet Bay, West Glamorgan
HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Swansea. Take the A4067 to Mumbles, through the village to the headland. Buses every 20 minutes from Swansea to Mumbles.

Situated next to Mumbles Lighthouse with views across the Bristol Channel to Devon on a clear day. Mixed sand and pebble beach with rock pools, a registered site of special geological interest close to Mumbles Hill Nature Reserve. Facilities include: cafe; pay parking; wildlife reserve; amusement arcade.

BEACH: Caswell Bay, West Glamorgan
HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Swansea. Take the A4067 to Mumbles, turn right at mini roundabout and follow the B4593 to Caswell. There are buses every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday.

Wide expanse of sand backed by cliffs with coastal path to Langland Bay and facilities including: windsurfing; canoeing; cafe; deck chair hire; pay parking (across road); wildlife reserve.

BEACH: Cemaes, Traeth Mawr, Anglesey
HOW TO GET THERE: Cemaes Bay is located on the A5025 Coast Road on the north of the Isle of Anglesey.

This is a sandy beach with rockpools and a promenade. Dogs are prohibited in the summer. Cemaes Bay has a harbour with a breakwater and a second beach, Traeth Bach. The town itself has a number of shops, cafés and pubs, as well as a Tourist Information Centre.

BEACH: Criccieth, Gwynedd
HOW TO GET THERE: Criccieth is the nearest town. The railway station is near the beach and there are good public transport links. Good roads are well signposted off the A497.

A western facing beach with a mixture of sand and stones and facilities including: windsurfing; canoeing; sailing; jet skiing; cafe/ restaurant; promenade; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; pay parking; street parking; campsite; amusement arcade; leisure centre; lost child centre.

BEACH: Dinas Dinlle, Gwynedd
HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Caernarfon. There is good public transport and good roads well signposted off the A498.

West facing beach with mixture of sand and some boulders at high water. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; jet skiing; cafe/ restaurant; slipway; surfboard hire; promenade; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; free parking; campsite; leisure centre.

BEACH: Fairbourne, Gwynedd
HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Abermaw. A nearby railway station and bus service operates. Good roads are well signposted off the A470 and A493.

A steep bank of pebbles fronts the beach area, which exposes large area of sandy beach from mid-tide level. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; jet skiing; cafe/ restaurant; promenade; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; pay parking; campsite; amusement arcade; leisure centre; lost child centre.

BEACH: Langland Bay, Swansea
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the A4067 to Mumbles, turn right at the mini roundabout and follow the B4593 to Langland.

Designated conservation area with 75 Edwardian beach chalets overlooking the bay with sandy beach. Facilities include: surfing; cafe/ restaurant; beach huts; slipway; deckchair hire; promenade; dog restricted area; pay parking.

BEACH: Llanddona, Anglesey
HOW TO GET THERE: Llanddona is signposted off the B5109 Pentraeth to Beaumaris Road. Access is via steep roads.

Long, sandy beach located at eastern end of Red Wharf Bay with dunes and facilities including: windsurfing; canoeing; dog restrictions; free parking.

BEACH: Llanddwyn, Anglesey
HOW TO GET THERE: Llanddwyn is signposted off the A4080 in the small town of Newborough.

A long, sandy beach backed by dunes and with views of Snowdonia National Park, Caemarfon and the Lleyn Peninsula. Car park is via Forestry Enterprise toll road. Beach facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; dog restricted area; campsite; wildlife reserve.

BEACH: Lydstep, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Tenby and there is regular bus transport.

Pebble and sand beach in peaceful setting with dramatic views plus coastal path, which is part of Pembrokeshire National Park. Beach facilities include: windsurfing; canoeing; sailing; jet skiing; cafe/ restaurant; slipway; promenade; dog restricted area; pay parking; amusement arcade; leisure centre.

BEACH: Newgale, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: From Haverfordwest take St David's road. Newgale is seven miles from Haverfordwest.

Good surf beach with two miles of sand, backed by a natural ridge of pebbles. However, bathing is dangerous in heavy surf. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; surfboard hire; dog exercise area; free and pay parking (across road); campsite.

BEACH: New Quay, Traeth Yr Harbwr, Ceredigion
HOW TO GET THERE: Turn off the A487 at Llanarth onto the B4342 or at Synod Inn onto the A486 towards New Quay. Bus service 550/551 Aberystwyth to Cardigan via New Quay. The nearest town is New Quay.

Picturesque resort village formerly a flourishing ship building centre and fishing port where Dylan Thomas once lived. Sandy beach has facilities including: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; cafe/ restaurant; slipway; deck chair hire; pier; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; entertainers; bowling; pay parking (across road); street parking; harbour; campsite; wildlife reserve; amusement arcade.

BEACH: Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire
HOW TO GET THERE: Located off the A484, four miles (6.4km) from Bury Port. Bury Port has a railway station and public transport runs an hourly service to Trenel, one mile (1.6km) from the Park entrance gate.

Eight miles (12.9km) of golden sands, part of Pembrey Country Park, edged by a belt of sand dunes and with views across Carmarthen Bay to the Gower and Carmarthenshire coast. Beach facilities include: cafe; dog restrictions; pay parking; campsite; wildlife reserve.

BEACH: Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: From Cardigan take the road to St Dogmaels and follow signs to the beach.

An extensive, sandy beach backed with sand dunes, at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary. Marks the end of the coastal path, which is 180 miles (290km) from Amroth. Beach facilities include: windsurfing; canoeing; jet skiing; cafe/ restaurant; pay parking.

BEACH: Porthcawl, Bridgend
HOW TO GET THERE: Off the M4, junction 37, three miles (4.8km). Situated west of Porthcawl, signposted from the town centre. Road train available from stops along the Promenade. Railway - Bridgend, seven miles (11.3km).

South west facing bay produces good swell for surfing. Firm, golden sands sweep up to a rocky shoreline backed by acres of common land. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; cafe/ restaurant; surfboard hire; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; pay parking (across road); harbour; wildlife reserve; lost child centre.

BEACH: Port Eynon, Swansea
HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Swansea. Take the A4118 city centre to Port Eynon. Buses 18A and 18C run every two hours Monday to Saturday. Number 18T (four journeys) Thursdays June, July and August.

Located on the Gower, Britain's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the sand beach with low tide rock pools and backed by dunes has facilities including: windsurfing; surfing; sailing; cafe/ restaurant; slipway; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; free parking; campsite.

BEACH: Pwllhelli, Gwynedd
HOW TO GET THERE: There is good public transport, Pwllheli railway station and good roads, well signposted from A499. Pwllheli is the nearest town.

A south-facing beach with a mixture of sand and shingle with facilities including: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; jet skiing; cafe/ restaurant; promenade; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; free parking; harbour; campsite; leisure centre.

BEACH: St David's Whitesands, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: Access is via the B4583, two miles north of St David's.

Large sandy beach with some rocky areas within Pembrokeshire National Park. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; jet skiing; cafe; slipways; surfboard hire; dog restrictions; pay parking; campsite; wildlife reserve.

BEACH: Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: Saundersfoot is accessible on the A477 to Tenby, turning into the B4316.

Sandy beach with small harbour and walks that are part of the Pembrokeshire Country National Park. Facilities include: windsurfing; paddleboats; cafe/ restaurant; slipway; dog exercise area; free parking (across road); street parking; camp site.

BEACH: Southerndown, Glamorgan
HOW TO GET THERE: Situated 20 miles west of Cardiff. From M4 head for A48 to Porthcawl. Take B4265 to Llantwit Manor and then B4524 to Southerndown. After 1 mile turn left at 3 Golden Cups pub and follow beach road.

Situated along South Wales' Heritage Coast, this sandy, pebble beach is popular for swimming and surfing. To the east of the bay is Witches Point, designated under SSSI for geological importance.

BEACH: Tenby Castle, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Tenby Harbour. The beach is signposted.

Sandy beach links at low tide with the south beach in Tenby. Facilities include: cafe; slipways; deckchair hire; dog restrictions; pay parking; harbour.

BEACH: Tenby North, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: Follow the A477 to Tenby. Tenby has a railway station and a regular bus service.

Long and sandy, overlooked by cliffs on one side and Tenby town and the harbour on the other. The beach, dominated by Goscar Roack and backed by a large promenade, has other facilities including: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; paddle boats; cafe/ restaurant; deckchair hire; slipway; dog restricted area; pay parking; harbour; leisure centre.

BEACH: Tenby South, Pembrokeshire
HOW TO GET THERE: Follow the A477 to Tenby. Tenby has a railway station and a regular bus service.

A mile long beach, stretching from St Catherine's to Giltar Point, with views of Caldy Island. Western end runs alongside Tenby championship golf course, separated by dunes. Other facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; paddle boats; cafe; slipway; deckchair hire; dog restricted area; pay parking; harbour; leisure centre.

BEACH: Trearddur Bay, Porth Dafarch, Anglesey
HOW TO GET THERE: Situated on the coast road between Trearddur Bay and South Stack, Holyhead.

Small, sandy cove surrounded by rocky headland with rock pools and coastal path. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; slipway; dog restricted area; dog exercise area; free parking; wildlife reserve.

BEACH: Tresaith, Ceredigion
HOW TO GET THERE: Turn off the A487 at Sarnau (north of Cardigan) and follow signs for Tresaith. Bus service 550/551 from Abersytwyth to Cardigan via Tresaith and 552 from Aberaeron to Cardigan via Tresaith. The nearest town is Aberteifi (Cardigan).

Sandy beach with rocky cliffs over which a river cascades. Facilities include: windsurfing; surfing; canoeing; sailing; cafe; slipways; surfboard hire; dog restrictions; dog exercise area; pay parking (across road and more than five minutes walk); campsite.

BEACH: Tywyn, Gwynedd
HOW TO GET THERE: The nearest town is Tywyn. There is a rail and bus service.

Tywyn is a sandy beach with some pebbles. Its west-facing aspect allows for excellent surfing conditions. Harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins can often be seen in the area and there are breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay. Facilities include a slipway and a promenade. Activities include surfing, jet skis and bowling.

SOURCE: Encams (Environmental Campaigns)


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