Marloes Sands

Photo: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Marloes is a stunning beach to get away from it all and great for surfing and fishing.

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 Marloes by bike with a number of B and minor roads in the area. This beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. Access to the beach is along a 0.6 mile (1km) footpath which leaves the large National Trust car park. There is an easy access path to the cliff top from the car park. By car Marloes is signposted from the B4327. There is paid parking at the car park above.

Site description
One of Pembrokeshire’s most impressive beaches, Marloes Sands is a good spot if you’re seeking a measure of solitude, as it’s rarely crowded. The colourful cliffs contain a complex mixture of rocks formed around 410 million years ago. They include the dramatic “Three Chimneys”, layers of mudstone and sandstone which were up-ended to a vertical position by movements of the Earth’s crust. The soft mudstone has been eroded, so that the harder sandstone layers stick out from the cliff face like buttresses.

There are good views of Skokholm Island offshore. Gateholm Island, at the north-west end of the beach, was inhabited from Neolithic to Medieval times and you can still see the remains of huts. It can be reached on foot at low tide, but be careful not to get stranded. Take care bathing here, especially when the waves are big. Some parts of the beach get cut off when the tide rises, and the cliffs are unsafe to climb.

Facilities
There are no beach side facilities but there are toilets including facilities for the disabled along with shops, a cafe, restaurant and accommodation in Marloes village. There is an emergency telephone in the car park. The beach is cleaned but please help keep Marloes beautiful and take your rubbish home.

Byelaws
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 North West end of the beach.

Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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

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