Whitesands Beach

Photo: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Whitesands Bay is a fantastic location for swimming, surfing, kayaking, walking, wildlife watching, fishing and windsurfing.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the whole 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 Whitesands by bike, with the Celtic Trail passing nearby. There are bike racks here, where the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. runs behind the beach. Whitesands is less than a two mile walk from St Davids. A slipway provides easy access onto the sand and there are beach friendly wheel chairs available for hire. By car, the beach is signposted from the A487 just north of St Davids. There is paid parking alongside the beach with disabled spaces available. The car park fills quickly during peak times so it may be better to use other transport. The Celtic Coaster runs buses to Whitesands hourly in summertime and other buses also provide regular services.

Site description
One of the most popular beaches in Pembrokeshire, Whitesands is a large west-facing expanse of sand in a magnificent setting, with views of Ramsey Island and several smaller islets. Whitesands is also popular with surfers, windsurfers, kayakers, divers and anglers. In summer it can get very busy in the water as well as on the beach, and inexperienced water users should take care in crowded conditions. Swimming and surfing areas are marked out by flags. From the Bronze Age onwards

Whitesands was a meeting-point for land and sea routes to Ireland. Traces of a 6th century chapel to St Patrick are buried beneath the dunes behind the beach. The coastline here is rich in wildlife. A variety of sea birds fly past and you may spot seals and porpoises out to sea. Whitesands is a good base for short walks along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path or to the summit of nearby Carn Llidi, from where there are superb views.

St David’s Head Fort
This large promontory fort was protected to the landward side by three defensive ramparts, some of them stone-faced. Inside the ramparts are the foundations of six circular stone-walled houses. Excavation of these houses uncovered glass beads, flints and pottery which are now in Tenby Museum. The moorland to the east of the fort is marked by a system of enclosures, which may also date from the Iron Age. St David’s Head is best reached via the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from Whitesands Bay.

Coetan Arthur
Coetan Arthur, a partially collapsed burial chamber dating from around 3500 BC, occupies a commanding position on St Davids Head. The huge capstone, measuring 4m by 3m, is now supported by only one of the side-stones. The remains of the round cairn of small stones which once covered the tomb can still be seen. Coetan Arthur is on National Trust land. From Whitesands car park, walk north-west along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, then turn inland just before the large stone rampart of St Davids Head fort.

Facilities
Toilets are available including facilities for the disabled. There is a cafe and shop next to the beach with surf hire. All types of accommodation, cafes, restaurants and pubs can be found in nearby St Davids. A telephone and slipway launching is available. The beach is cleaned daily and litter bins are provided. Please help keep Whitesands beautiful and use the facilities available or take your litter home.

Byelaws
Pembrokeshire County Council B athing Water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach. These include a speed limit. PCNPA Byelaws apply to the beach head and St Patricks chapel field.

Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Location


Details

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

Access

Large sandy beach, facing West. Beach wheelchair available for hire. Large car park, café, shop, toilets and telephone. Lifeguards in summer. Concrete ramp: 1:5 to 1:41⁄2 for 17 metres on to sand. Changes in beach conditions, especially in winter, may result in a step forming at base of the slipway. Level surfaced area in front of Surf Life Saving Club building with viewpoint and picnic tables. Dangerous currents in some places.