Cwm yr Eglwys Beach

Photo: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Cwm yr Eglwys is a lovely spot for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.

Dog friendly?
Dogs are allowed year round. There is a responsibility for dog owners to clean up after their dogs on the whole of this site.

Getting there
You can get to Cwm yr Eglwys by bike with minor roads branching off the A487. It’s a steep ride in and out so take care! This beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. Getting onto the beach is via a concrete slip which gives easy access. By car take the signposted turning off the Fishguard-Newport road (A487), about 0.9 miles (1.5km) east of Dinas Cross. The hamlet of Cwm-yr-Eglwys is at the end of a narrow, winding lane. There’s a small private car park, with a parking charge.

Site description
Cwm yr Eglwys is a small, sheltered north-east facing cove with good views across Newport Bay. It’s made up of shingle and pebbles, though sand is exposed at low tide. This is a popular family beach and can get crowded. Above the cove are the ruins of the 12th century church of St Brynach. The church was destroyed during a huge storm in 1859 which also wrecked 114 ships off the Welsh coast. There’s a wheelchair-accessible path to Pwllgwaelod along the southern end of Dinas Island.

There are toilets including facilities for the disabled and a slipway allowing easy access onto the beach. Other facilities such as shops, public houses, cafes and accommodation can be found in the local area. Please help keep Cwm yr Eglwys beautiful and keep the area tidy.

Pembrokeshire County Council Bathing Water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach. These include a speed limit. PCNPA Byelaws apply to the whole of the foreshore on this beach. National Trust Byelaws apply to the area surrounding Cwm Yr Eglwys.

Safety advice
With narrow road access, limited parking and a narrow slipway, this is not an ideal launch site. If you do launch here, take great care on the slip and watch out for children.

Beach awards
Green Coast Award
Seaside Award
This is a Marine Conservation Society recommended beach.

Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park



Dog Friendly: Yes
Blue Flag: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes


Small shingle and pebble beach, sand at low tide, facing North East. Limited parking in private car park with honesty box. Concrete ramp which gets gradually steeper: 1:20 to 1:12 for 11 metres, then 1:12 to 1:6 for 4 metres and finally 1:6 to 1:5 for 8 metres.


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