Oli’s guidebook- North Pembs Beaches and Villages

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Oli’s guidebook- North Pembs Beaches and Villages

Sightseeing
Marloes Sands is a wild and remote beach with stunning views and amazing geology. Great for hiking and beaching. There are no facilities other than a National Trust car park and loos. The farmer opens up a field for parking above Marloes making access to the beach a little easier. Runwayskiln is near the car park and is a great place for food, daytime only and book to avoid disappointment. There are some great coastal walks around Marloes especially around the deer park at Martins Haven where you get spectacular views of the islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm. Martins Haven is where you catch the boats to Skomer island, famous for Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and Seals. Boats to Skomer are best booked in advance as it is a very popular outing. 15/20 mins from Sutton.
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Marloes Sands
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Marloes Sands is a wild and remote beach with stunning views and amazing geology. Great for hiking and beaching. There are no facilities other than a National Trust car park and loos. The farmer opens up a field for parking above Marloes making access to the beach a little easier. Runwayskiln is near the car park and is a great place for food, daytime only and book to avoid disappointment. There are some great coastal walks around Marloes especially around the deer park at Martins Haven where you get spectacular views of the islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm. Martins Haven is where you catch the boats to Skomer island, famous for Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and Seals. Boats to Skomer are best booked in advance as it is a very popular outing. 15/20 mins from Sutton.
Nolton Haven is a small cove with a Sandy beach. It is great for small kids. There is the Mariners Inn and Nolton Haven Brasserie. Ripple Effect is a tiny surf shop selling secondhand boards and wetsuits etc. The beach is generally very safe and is lifeguarded during the summer. Be a little wary on days of big surf as there can be a rip current on the right hand side of the beach at mid to low tide. 5 mins from Sutton
Nolton Haven Beach
Nolton Haven is a small cove with a Sandy beach. It is great for small kids. There is the Mariners Inn and Nolton Haven Brasserie. Ripple Effect is a tiny surf shop selling secondhand boards and wetsuits etc. The beach is generally very safe and is lifeguarded during the summer. Be a little wary on days of big surf as there can be a rip current on the right hand side of the beach at mid to low tide. 5 mins from Sutton
Druidstone Haven is a great beach for families. Parking is limited on the road above the beach which keeps it quiet but you will need to get there early. It is a short walk down a gravel path and over the shingle and stream to access the sand. There are no facilities/shops at the beach. 5 mins from Sutton
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Druidston Haven
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Druidstone Haven is a great beach for families. Parking is limited on the road above the beach which keeps it quiet but you will need to get there early. It is a short walk down a gravel path and over the shingle and stream to access the sand. There are no facilities/shops at the beach. 5 mins from Sutton
Broadhaven beach is backed by the village. There are several restaurants and cafes, fish and chip, surf shop and Spar. There is lots of parking and the beach is easily accessed. Often busier due to the ease of access but great for families. Lifeguarded during the summer you can also hire watersports equipment from Haven Sports. 8 mins from Sutton
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Broad Haven
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Broadhaven beach is backed by the village. There are several restaurants and cafes, fish and chip, surf shop and Spar. There is lots of parking and the beach is easily accessed. Often busier due to the ease of access but great for families. Lifeguarded during the summer you can also hire watersports equipment from Haven Sports. 8 mins from Sutton
Little Haven is next to Broadhaven. It is a small cove with a village in the valley behind. The beach is easily accessed and great for families. There is a large car park in the village with several pubs and a cafe. Lobster Mor is also based in Little Haven where you can buy crab and lobster sandwiches as well a prepared shellfish to take home. 8 mins from Sutton
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Little Haven
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Little Haven is next to Broadhaven. It is a small cove with a village in the valley behind. The beach is easily accessed and great for families. There is a large car park in the village with several pubs and a cafe. Lobster Mor is also based in Little Haven where you can buy crab and lobster sandwiches as well a prepared shellfish to take home. 8 mins from Sutton
Newgale is the largest beach in North Pembs. 2 miles long at low tide, backed by a shingle bank with the road running the full length. A great beach for surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing etc. There is a campsite behind the beach with a burger and pizza van, the Duke of Edinburgh pub at the North End. There is also a cafe and fish and chips van at the south end. Newsurf is a surf shop based at the north end where you can hire and buy watersports equipment. The Big Blue Experience is also based at the North end. they offer, Kite-landboarding, kitesurfing, surfing, stand up paddleboarding and coasteering expereinces. www.thebigblueexperience.com There are three large car parks in Newgale. It has 2 lifeguard stations on the beach and is easily accessed but the shingle bank is a little tricky for the elderly and push chairs. There is also a no dog area May-Sept between the 2 blue flags.
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Newgale Beach
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Newgale is the largest beach in North Pembs. 2 miles long at low tide, backed by a shingle bank with the road running the full length. A great beach for surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing etc. There is a campsite behind the beach with a burger and pizza van, the Duke of Edinburgh pub at the North End. There is also a cafe and fish and chips van at the south end. Newsurf is a surf shop based at the north end where you can hire and buy watersports equipment. The Big Blue Experience is also based at the North end. they offer, Kite-landboarding, kitesurfing, surfing, stand up paddleboarding and coasteering expereinces. www.thebigblueexperience.com There are three large car parks in Newgale. It has 2 lifeguard stations on the beach and is easily accessed but the shingle bank is a little tricky for the elderly and push chairs. There is also a no dog area May-Sept between the 2 blue flags.
Solva is a small harbour village. It is a pretty harbour with great walks along the harbour at low tide or out over the Gribbin. There is a large car park at the back of the harbour with several pubs and shops on the high street. A great place for a swim, kayak or paddleboard at high tide offering great shelter but also if not too rough some easy access to some coastal paddling. The Cambrian Inn is a gastro pub in Solva, there is also Cafe 35 and Mamgu which are both great little cafes/restaurants. There are also some fish suppliers in Solva namely Solva Seafoods and Will the Fish. 15 mins from Sutton
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Solva
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Solva is a small harbour village. It is a pretty harbour with great walks along the harbour at low tide or out over the Gribbin. There is a large car park at the back of the harbour with several pubs and shops on the high street. A great place for a swim, kayak or paddleboard at high tide offering great shelter but also if not too rough some easy access to some coastal paddling. The Cambrian Inn is a gastro pub in Solva, there is also Cafe 35 and Mamgu which are both great little cafes/restaurants. There are also some fish suppliers in Solva namely Solva Seafoods and Will the Fish. 15 mins from Sutton
The smallest City in the UK, made so by the stunning cathedral. A bustling place in the summer with lots of parking on the outskirts by Oriel Parc National Park visitor centre. The high street has lots of clothes shops, coffee shops, cafes restaurants, delis, gift shops, surf shops and tyf activity centre. It is also where you can book boat and fishing trips around the stunning island of Ramsey and the Bishops and the Clerks. The Bug Farm is an attraction on the outskirts where you can learn about insects and also eat some in their restaurant. 20 mins from Sutton
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St Davids
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The smallest City in the UK, made so by the stunning cathedral. A bustling place in the summer with lots of parking on the outskirts by Oriel Parc National Park visitor centre. The high street has lots of clothes shops, coffee shops, cafes restaurants, delis, gift shops, surf shops and tyf activity centre. It is also where you can book boat and fishing trips around the stunning island of Ramsey and the Bishops and the Clerks. The Bug Farm is an attraction on the outskirts where you can learn about insects and also eat some in their restaurant. 20 mins from Sutton
Whitesands is the closest beach to St Davids. Often very busy but it is a great for surfing when it's on. Lifeguarded through the summer, it is easily accessed from the car park. There are loo facilities, a cafe and surf board and wetsuit hire operators.
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Whitesands Bay
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Whitesands is the closest beach to St Davids. Often very busy but it is a great for surfing when it's on. Lifeguarded through the summer, it is easily accessed from the car park. There are loo facilities, a cafe and surf board and wetsuit hire operators.
Abereiddi is a small stony beach with some sand at low tide. It is home to the blue lagoon which is an old flooded slate quarry. Red Bull Cliff diving has been held here. It is a popular place for swimming and cliff jumping in to the lagoon. Can get very busy with coasteering operators and general public. There is an ice cream van and parking can be limited. It has an interesting history with the remnants of the slate works. Once quarried the slate was transported to Porthgain Harbour for loading on to ships. 25 mins from Sutton.
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Abereiddy
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Abereiddi is a small stony beach with some sand at low tide. It is home to the blue lagoon which is an old flooded slate quarry. Red Bull Cliff diving has been held here. It is a popular place for swimming and cliff jumping in to the lagoon. Can get very busy with coasteering operators and general public. There is an ice cream van and parking can be limited. It has an interesting history with the remnants of the slate works. Once quarried the slate was transported to Porthgain Harbour for loading on to ships. 25 mins from Sutton.
A quaint harbour, Porthgain has the industrial remnants of the quarry operation in the area. Ships would be loaded here with slate and stone for transport around the country. It is worth an explore and is a good starting point for coastal walks. The Sloop offers good pub food and is worth a look to see the old photos of what the harbour was like in its hey day. The Shed is also a good restaurant and does great fish and chips for eating inn or take away. There are also a couple of art galleries. 25 mins from Sutton
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Porthgain Harbour
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A quaint harbour, Porthgain has the industrial remnants of the quarry operation in the area. Ships would be loaded here with slate and stone for transport around the country. It is worth an explore and is a good starting point for coastal walks. The Sloop offers good pub food and is worth a look to see the old photos of what the harbour was like in its hey day. The Shed is also a good restaurant and does great fish and chips for eating inn or take away. There are also a couple of art galleries. 25 mins from Sutton
Dale is a small coastal village. It is a great spot for kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and windsurfing offering safe and sheltered water. There is a watersports centre offerring courses and hire, a cafe and the Griffin Inn. The Griffin is one of the best places for food in the area and offers a great locally caught fish menu. Booking is essential. Dale is a good staring point for walks to West Dale, a wild rugged sand beach and also walks around St Davids airfield which offers stunning views. 15 mins from Sutton
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Dale
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Dale is a small coastal village. It is a great spot for kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and windsurfing offering safe and sheltered water. There is a watersports centre offerring courses and hire, a cafe and the Griffin Inn. The Griffin is one of the best places for food in the area and offers a great locally caught fish menu. Booking is essential. Dale is a good staring point for walks to West Dale, a wild rugged sand beach and also walks around St Davids airfield which offers stunning views. 15 mins from Sutton