Abereiddy’s sand and shingle beach with its dramatic cliffs, pretty colour-washed cottages and the striking Blue Lagoon combine to create a beautiful holiday location. This beach-side community, previously the home of quarrymen, now attracts visitors seeking a retreat from the daily “hassle” of modern life.
Abereiddy’s beach is formed of a mixture of pebbles, shingle and black sand ” the result of waves constantly pounding the slate cliffs.
The nearby Blue Lagoon was once a slate quarry, linked to the sea by a narrow channel. Flooded during a storm in 1904, it was closed. The Blue Lagoon serves as a reminder that the area was once prolific in the quarrying of slate. It is now considered an important geological feature.
Walking along the coast path from Abereiddy, you reach Porthgain village and harbour. Don’t forget to take a look at Traeth Llyfn beach as you go along the headland.
This National Trust beach is a really beautiful, but can only be approached via the coastal path and has a steep flight of steps down to it.
Approaching Porthgain, north of Abereiddy, there are traces of the old narrow-gauge railway track, which once transported the quarried slate and shale to Porthgain for export.
Overlooking the beach are the ruins of a small group of cottages built for the workers of the Blue Lagoon. These were only abandoned after the floods of 1904. These in turn add “character” to this little hamlet.
Abereiddy, and in particular the lagoon, are favourites for the extreme water sport enthusiasts, who enjoys the thrill of coasteering, surfing and diving. For the non “thrill seeker”, it provides a perfect location for activities such as kayaking and fishing.
Abereiddy is a favourite place for walkers and can be accessed via the spectacular Coastal Path. With a total length of 186 miles, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is an ideal way to exploring the whole of Pembrokeshire’s coastline.
For those of you who would like to enjoy the pleasures of walking without the planning, there is a coastal bus called “The Strumble Shuttle” that provides you with an easy and affordable way of returning to base.
A large car park and toilets adjoins the beach and there is also a Car Park above Traeth Llwyn beach., and in the summer months an ice cream van sells drinks as well as ices.
Abereiddy beach is also awarded with the Green Coast and Seaside Award, which is a similar award to the Blue Flag award but for rural beaches, however in 2005 it was awarded the Blue flag rural beach award. A large car-park adjoins the beach, and in the summer months an ice cream van can be found where you can buy a much deserved refreshment.
For more than just an ice cream or drink you will have to head to either Porthgain where there are a choice of two eateries or head to Croesgoch and the Artramont Arms which also doubles as a fish and chip shop.
Abereiddy at Low Tide
Skimming stones at Abereiddy
The famous Blue Lagoon
Coast line to the west of Abereiddy
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