Wales & Somerset Beach Guide

A Comprehensive Guide to the Beaches of Anglesey, Gwynedd (Llyn Peninsula & Cambrian Coast), Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, the Gower, South Wales and Somerset.

Photographs and descriptions of almost every beach and cove from Bangor to Minehead - 298 beaches listed.
Anglesey & Gwynedd
Beach Guide
Ceredigion & Pembrokeshire
Beach Guide
Carmarthenshire, Gower, South Wales
& Somerset Beach Guide
AngleseyAnglesey has a 125 mile long coastal path and its beaches are much quieter than those on the mainland. The sea water is usually crystal clear in summer but the beaches are not lifeguarded. Inland the island is relatively flat with little traffic making it popular for cycling. It's a very picturesque county and public footpaths are in good condition.
Llyn Peninsula
The Llyn Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The southern shore has long sandy beaches, whilst the north side is indented with smaller sandy beaches and secluded coves. A wide variety of pebbles can be found on the shores including plenty of pure white quartz pebbles. The beaches are not lifeguarded.
Cambrian Coast
The Cambrian Coast's beaches are long, west facing and sandy, but are not lifeguarded. British Rail's Cambrian Coast line runs along here, and has stations near most of the beaches. Just a few miles inland the terrain becomes mountainous, with lakes and wooded valleys to explore.
Ceredigion(Pronounced 'Kerra-dig-ee-on') Ceredigion's beaches are mostly west facing, and are usually good for surfing. Llangrannog and Penbryn are worth a visit. Inland the terrain is very hilly.
PembrokeshireMost of the coastline here is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and has everything from sandy family beaches to quiet secluded coves. In summer the main beaches are lifeguarded and boat trips operate to the offshore islands of Caldey, Skomer and Ramsey.
CarmarthenshireCarmarthenshire has a relatively short coastline, with Pembrey's 7½ mile long beach being the best. Inland Carmarthenshire has some fine scenery but it is not good walking territory. Overall, the condition of rights-of-way is probably the worst in the UK and walkers would be well advised to avoid this county.
GowerThe limestone peninsula of the Gower is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has mostly sandy bays along its southern shore and long sandy surf beaches along its western coast. The roads tend to be narrow and winding and have changed little over the years, so expect congestion during busy periods! The Gower is good walking territory and public footpaths here are exceptionally well maintained.
South WalesThe Glamorgan Heritage Coast comprises much of the coastline of south-east Wales, and the beaches to the east of the region are mostly rocky with some sandy bits and backed by unstable cliffs of blue lias. West of the Ogmore River are the counties of Bridgend & Port Talbot, and the beaches here are sandy and backed mostly by low dunes. The sea water tends to be a muddy brown near Cardiff slowly becoming clearer towards the west.
SomersetThe Somerset Coast borders the Bristol Channel, and the sea water and beaches to the east are quite muddy. The western beaches are sandier and a magnificent stretch of coastal path runs into Devon. There are plenty of idyllic villages with thatched cottages and tea-rooms, and Somerset is good walking territory.
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