Wales & Somerset Beach Guide

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

Photographs and descriptions of 327 beaches from Llandudno to Minehead

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Tuesday 28th July 2015
SunRise :05:35Set :21:10
MoonSet :02:32Rise :18:32
Times are BST and for Mid Wales

Anglesey has a 125 mile long coastal path and its beaches are much quieter than those on the mainland, but are not lifeguarded. Jasper, serpentine and quartz pebbles can be found and the sea water is usually crystal clear in summer. 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, wooded valleys and plenty of camp sites.
(Pronounced 'Kerra-dig-ee-on') Ceredigion's beaches border Cardigan Bay, are mostly west facing and usually good for surfing. Seals and bottlenose dolphins can be seen in the bay and the main beaches are lifeguarded in summer. Llangrannog and Penbryn are worth a visit. Inland the terrain is very hilly.
Most 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.
Carmarthenshire has a relatively short coastline, with Pembrey's 7½ mile long sandy beach easily being the best. Inland Carmarthenshire has some fine scenery, but its public footpaths are probably the worst in the UK. Walkers would be well advised to avoid this county.
The 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 not improved over the years, so congestion is inevitable during busy periods. The Gower is good walking territory and public footpaths here are exceptionally well maintained. Climbing and surfing are popular activities.
South Wales
The Vale of Glamorgan comprises the east of this region and the beaches are mostly rocky with some sandy bits and backed by unstable cliffs of blue lias. Inland the Vale is scenic and relatively flat, making it popular for walking and cycling. The counties of Bridgend and Port Talbot are further west 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.
The Somerset Coast borders the Bristol Channel and the beaches are nothing special. There are some long sandy stretches, but most beaches have thick mud lower down and the sea water is a muddy brown colour. Inland the county is very scenic and has plenty of idyllic villages with thatched cottages, ancient churches and tea-rooms. This county looks after its footpaths and is good walking territory.

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Wales & Somerset Beach Guide

Photographs and descriptions of almost every beach and cove from Bangor to Minehead - 314 beaches listed.

Three Cliffs Bay
Tuesday 28th July 2015
Sunrise : 05:36     Sunset : 21:15