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Abereiddy beach is a small pebble beach in Pembrokeshire known for having lots of tiny fossils. Beneath the pebbles, the sand is black as it is rich in slate.
Abereiddy beach is best known for the Blue Lagoon which is found just a 5-minute walk from the beach itself. I recently visited the beach and have put together this helpful guide with everything you need to know and some fun things to do here.
How To Visit Abereiddy Beach
By Car: Abereiddy beach is easy to visit by car. Head towards the small hamlet of Abereiddy and the beach is well sign-posted. The nearest postcode is SA62 6DT. Keep in mind that these are small country roads so you will need to drive carefully and pull over for oncoming traffic.
Where to Park? You can park at Abereiddy beach car park which costs £4 per car or £10 per minibus between April and October. Payment is via cash or card to the onsite parking attendant. For the rest of the year, the car park is free.
By Public Transport: To visit Abereiddy beach using public transport, you can take the Strumble Shuttle (service 404) which runs along the coast from Fishguard to St David’s. There is a bus stop in the car park although the bus usually departs from the junction around 200m further up the road. Find the latest timetable here.
About the Beach
Abereiddy Beach is found within the Arfordir Abereiddi site of special scientific interest (SSSI) which is notable for its geological and biological importance.
|Managed By||Pembrokeshire County Council|
|Lifeguard||No, there are no lifeguards at Abereiddy beach.|
|Blue Flag Award||No, although Abereiddy has previously achieved a blue flag award, it no longer has this accolade.|
|Water Quality||According to Natural Resources Wales, Abereiddy beach has the maximum 3-star quality rating which means the water is excellent. Find out more here.|
|Other Notes||Overnight camping is prohibited here.|
Are There Toilets at Abereiddy Beach?
Yes, there are free public toilets at Abereiddy Beach which are open from Easter to October half-term.
Are Dogs Allowed on Abereiddy Beach?
Yes, dogs are allowed on Abereiddy beach and at the Blue Lagoon year-round. Although, they should be kept under close control.
Is Abereiddy Beach Accessible?
No, Abereiddy beach is not particularly great for those with mobility issues because it’s a pebble beach. However, the path leading up to the nearby blue lagoon is wheelchair and pram-friendly.
What Other Facilities Are There?
Facilities at Abereiddy beach during peak season include free public toilets and a food truck serving drinks and light snacks. There are typically no facilities here during the off-season.
Things To Do at Abereiddy Beach
Other than soaking up the (occasional) rays and enjoying beach life, what else is there to do at Abereiddy beach? Here are a few options:
1. Jump Into the Blue Lagoon
The blue lagoon is a disused slate quarry where the walls have been breached allowing the seawater to enter. The slate gives the water an aqua-blue or even green colour, hence the name.
You can swim in the blue lagoon at Aberdeidd beach. However, it is best known for cliff jumping, having hosted the Red Bull Cliff Jumping Championships several times over the years.
Whilst the make-shift platform used in the championships is gone, there are three permanent platforms for cliff jumping at the lagoon.
2. Go On a Coasteering Tour
West Wales is the home of coasteering (apparently it was invented in St David’s) so it’s a must-do activity while you’re here. It’s similar to canyoning, only on the coast. You’ll make your way along the coast through caves, lagoons, and blow holes which will involve climbing, swimming, and jumping for those brave enough.
You should not attempt this by yourself, you need a qualified instructor and specialist safety gear so joining a tour is the only option. The two companies offering coasteering tours from Abereiddy are Celtic Quest and Muuk Adventures.
3. Explore Caves in a Kayak
There are some incredible cave formations in the areas around Abereiddy beach so it’s a great place to go sea kayaking. Unfortunately, there isn’t anywhere to hire kayaks nearby though so you will need to have your own to hand.
4. Visit Abereiddi Tower
Although not quite visible from the beach itself, there’s a small grade II-listed tower perched on top of the clifftops known as Abereiddy Tower. Its purpose is still debated with some suggesting it was an 18th century watch whereas others suggest it was used as an aerial navigation aid.
Whatever its purpose, I recommend walking up to see it for a beautiful and peaceful vantage point with panoramic views across the sea.
To reach Abereiddi Tower from the beach, first, head towards the blue lagoon but continue up the hill until you reach the very top. From here, you’ll be able to see the tower and you can scramble over the clifftops to reach it. It’s not easy but it’s worthwhile.
5. Walk to Porthgain Along the Wales Coastal Path
A popular walk from Abereiddy is the circular loop to Porthgain along the Wales Coastal Path. This moderate 4-mile (6.4km) walk takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes in total.
On the walk, you’ll experience beautiful fugged coastlines and get a glimpse into Pembrokeshire’s industrial history as you pass through the tiny fishing port at Porthgain which once shipped slate from the quarry across Wales and the rest of the UK.
There is a full map and detailed instructions for this walk on the National Trust website.
You can find the latest weather forecast and tide times for Abereiddy beach here.
Is Abereiddy Beach Sandy?
No, Abereiddy beach is not a typical sandy beach, it is a black sand beach covered in pebbles and tiny fossils.
Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.