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 of, so one 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cardigan Island from Poppit Sands
Sailing in the bay at Poppit Sands
Winter sunshine at Poppit Sands
Rescue boat makes it way through rough seas
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