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Poppit Sands Beach

Poppit Sands Beach is a sandy stretch of coastline, set on the southern side of the River Teifi, near Cardigan. It’s a popular destination for walkers and when the tide is out, you’ll have miles of beach to explore.

With an extensive stretch of golden sands, beautiful views over the Estuary of the River Teifi all backed by sand dunes that provide shelter from the weather, it is no wonder this is one of the most popular beaches in West Wales. Poppit Sands is Pembrokeshire’s most northerly beach, so you can explore both Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire with relative ease. Poppit Sands is also where it all begins and ends, for it is the start (or the finish) of Pembrokeshire’s Coastal Path.

Thinking about spending a day at Poppit Sands? Here’s all you need to know about this delightful beach…


A day in the sunshine at Poppit Sands – All you need to know

Poppit Sands Beach

This stunning Pembrokeshire Beach is shallow a long way out and gently sloping so the sea, so is quite safe within the patrolled area in the summer months when the beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards who put up warning flags if they believe conditions are unsafe. Elsewhere, due to its estuary location, there are unpredictable currents, which present a hazard to bathers. Boats are equally restricted by the shallow bar and access to the sea is restricted to the time at high tide.

The beach is also very popular with surfers and boogie boarders, as the long stretch of sea gives plenty of room for them to enjoy the waves.

Are dogs allowed on the beach?

Though Poppit Sands has a partial dog ban, the “set aside” area is very popular with dog walkers. Horse riders also frequently use the beach.

What facilities are there?

There is a Lifeboat Station at Poppit Sands, and next to it, a small shop, selling RNLI merchandise. There is a small, popular shop come-cafe in located in the car park at Poppit Sands which even on some winter days, you may find open, where you can purchase beach toys and wet-suits, ice-creams and mid-day meals.

Poppit Sands is situated about a mile from the largest village in Wales, St. Dogmaels, where there are plenty of places to eat, such as the Ferry Inn and the Webley Hotel.

Where can you park?

The large car park is open all year round but charges apply in the summer months. If you don’t want to worry about using the car, there is a local bus service called “The Poppit Rocket” which takes you right down to Poppit Sands car park.

Where can you stay?

Stable Cottage (Ref. 1036413) Cardigan, Ceredigion, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

Stable Cottage

Just two minutes from Cardigan Quay, Stable Cottage is ideally located for exploring the gorgeous Pembrokeshire coast. This two-bedroom cottage offers all the home comforts you could possibly need, and even allows up to two well-behaved dogs upon request. With so many great bars, restaurants, and shops at your doorstep, there’s no need to get in the car during the entirety of your stay!

Cockshead Cottage (Ref. 1036353) St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

Cockshead Cottage

Set in an enviable position overlooking the Cardigan Bay and Cardigan Island, this charming two-bedroom cottage offers all you need to unwind. Cockshead Cottage is just a mile from the nearest beach, it’s the perfect choice for those seeking sun, sea, and sand. Be sure to keep a keen eye out for dolphins in the bay!

Y Felin (Ref. 1035669) Cardigan, Ceredigion, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

Y Felin

A cosy cottage just outside of Cardigan, Y Felin is a wonderful retreat for families. With three spacious bedrooms and plenty of room in the garden to enjoy, there’s enough space for the whole family to unwind without stepping on each other’s toes. The best part? The bubbling hot tub on the patio!


Planning a weekend away in Wales? Our Pembrokeshire cottages can be found throughout the county; from the gorgeous coast to the tranquil countryside. Take a look and get planning your dream break with us today.