Poppit Sands

Photo: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Poppit can be a great place to go windsurfing, fishing, canoeing and widlife watching.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the Western part of the beach between May-September. Please be a responsible dog owner. 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 Poppit by bike with a history and beaches route passing through. The beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. There is easy Access to the beach via a wooden walkway from the car park. By car Poppit is at the end of the B4546, which branches off the A487 just south of Cardigan. There’s a large National Park car park by the beach, with parking fees in summer.

Site description
A large sandy beach at the mouth of the River Teifi, backed by dunes. Facing north, it’s sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds. Being close to Cardigan, it’s a popular beach and can get busy in summer. There are unpredictable tidal and estuary currents which can make bathing dangerous, so follow warning signs and lifeguard flags if swimming here. The sand dunes and nearby mud flats are very fragile ecosystems, so please don’t walk across eroded areas. On the eastern side of the dunes, erosion has formed sand cliffs over four metres (13 feet) high.

Take care near these, as they may collapse. New dunes are building up close to the access boardwalk. The dunes have been conserved by the work of National Park volunteers but the vegetation is easily damaged. Poppit is the most northerly beach within the National Park. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts (or finishes, depending on your direction) just down the road at St Dogmaels, though many walkers pick up the path at Poppit. There are good views across the Teifi estuary and you may see bottle-nosed dolphins offshore.

Facilities
Toilets including facilities for the disabled are available at Poppit. There is a cafe, telephone and lifeboat station while shops, pubs and accommodation can be found in the surrounding area. The beach is cleaned and litter bins are provided, please help keep Poppit beautiful and use the facilities.

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.

Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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Details

Dog Friendly: Yes
Blue Flag: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Access

Large sandy beach backed by sand dunes, facing North East. Beach wheelchair available for hire. Car park, toilets, telephone, café. Lifeguards in summer. Concrete ramp with staggered barrier: 1:8 to 1:10 up for 6 metres to wooden walkway, then 1:22 down for 12 metres to viewpoint at head of beach. Unpredictable tide and river currents. Bathing can be dangerous.