A Guide to Wales’s Coast


The length of Wales’s coastline is according to the British Cartographic Society about 1,317 miles which is nearly five times less than the length of England’s coastline. Despite that it is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the country which can also easily compete with the world’s most popular coast swimming destinations. Since Wales’s coast provides enough material to write a book, the following list of beaches along Wales’s coastline therefore includes only a few destinations which delight their visitors with their beauty, while many are also nearby world-class natural or/and historic attractions:

Amroth, Pembrokeshire. A resort village in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park nearby Tenby on the west coast of Wales is a charming village with a sandy beach stretching along the entire length of the village. In addition to offering coast swimming in an idyllic surrounding, the resort village is also renowned for petrified forest which can be seen at low tide.

Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. Another seaside resort in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park not far from Tenby is one of the most popular coast swimming destinations in Wales. Its visitors are attracted by its sandy beaches, a vibrant night life and amusement parks.

Newgale, Pembrokeshire. A village about 7 miles from Haverfordwest has a three mile long Blue Flag beach which is surrounded by amazing landscape offering a spectacular view while swimming back to shore. It is not a classic seaside resort which makes it a perfect getaway from the city buzz.

Criccieth, Gwynedd. A seaside resort in Cardigan Bay in Gwynedd is a popular destination among visitors who are looking for some peace as well as those who like to combine coast swimming and sightseeing as it is home to several prominent landmarks.

Southerndown, Glamorgan. A village nearby of St Bridges Major which is a part of Southerndown Coast SSSI in South Wales is a very popular destination for coast swimmers and windsurfers. The beach which has been designated a Heritage Coast in the early 1970s is actually made up from two beaches. They are separated by a headland which is home to the remains of the 19th century Dunraven Castle.

Benllech, Anglesey. The small town on the Isle of Anglesey is famous for its sandy beach which made it one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island. Despite that, the beach is never too crowded although it is difficult to find a free parking space if you do not get there early.

Aberporth, Ceredigion. A small town on the southern end of Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales is home to a picturesque Blue Flag beach with rock pools that are exposed at low tides.

Langland Bay, Swansea. The seaside resort nearby the city of Swansea in south Wales is renowned as one of the best surf beaches in the UK but it is also an excellent choice for coast swimmers. It is annually awarded the Blue Flag for its clean sand and water.