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Things To Do In The UK | Poppit Sands Beach

Poppit Sands Beach Low Tide

If you are looking for things to do in the UK, or places to go, Poppit Sands beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, should be on your radar!

This large sandy beach is well suited to many people. From power kiting to watersports, fishing to hiking, or even if you are just looking for a cosy sandy beach to chill out or play with the kids, Poppit Sands has got you covered!

Not only this, but it is the start or finish of the 186-mile long Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which attracts hikers from all over the world!

Our Full Poppit Sands Video Review:

Access To Poppit Sands Beach

Poppit Sands Beach is very accessible.

The easiest way to access is by parking on the car park and walking straight onto the beach past the lifeboat station.

The sands are very soft as you initially walk onto the beach, but they firm up further down towards the sealine as the tide goes out.

Although the car park is of a good size, this beach is a popular destination, and parking can quickly get full in peak season.

For those with mobility issues or young families, Poppit Sands makes for an excellent beach to access quickly.

North Beach: SA43 3LR

Facilities At The Beach

Facilities at the beach are simple, but cover essentials, these include:

  • Toilets
  • Life Guards (Seasonal)
  • A Cafe
  • Parking

There is a good selection of various properties, such as hotels, cottages, camp/motorhome sites within the vicinity. 

A short distance away by car there are several pubs and a chip shop as you make your way to St Dogmaels. However, just beyond this is the town of Cardigan, which has an extensive array of shops, pubs, restaurants and even a castle! 

Cardigan is a beautiful town, rich in history and a great place to combine with Poppit Sands.


Dog Restricted Section

The restricted dog section of beach is as shown in the image below; It is the closest part to the toilets and parking.

The rest of the beach is dog-friendly right throughout the year and a popular destination with dog owners.

The restricted section is where the soft golden sand is present, which is ideal for typical beach activities.

There is a small section of rocks at low-tide with some rock pools to explore.

Although golden, the sand away from this section towards the north is more compact and firm to walk on due to its higher water content.

Dog Restricted Beach

The Sand Flats

As the tide draws out, the beach opens up a large expanse of flat sand.

Other than some shallow water pools that can collect here, the sands here are firm and are perfect for power kiting and other wind related on-land sports.

This section is very popular with dog-owners and the occasional fisherman.

The waters around here are popular with canoeists, paddle boarders, and due to the river estuary nearby, varying boats also.

Up The River

Walking from the sand flats up the river you will find numerous boats in harbour in the large body of water behind the caravan park.

Opposite to the river, heading over towards the Poppit Sands car park, there is a 1/3 mile run of dunes. These are backed with shrubs and foliage which can be explored. This can be seen in the video above.

Furthermore, in this section of the beach, it is possible to find large lumps of driftwood washed up on the soft sands.

Dogs are free to travel in all these areas also.

Our Final Thoughts

Poppit Sands is a fantastic beach that caters for many people and is a big hit with dog owners.

The beach is rich in clean, soft sands and interestingly located on the border of Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion with the River Teifi separating the two.

With a large number of shops, pubs, restaurants and other shops and facilities a short drive from this location, it is no wonder it is a popular destination.

Furthermore, not that far away, is the excellent Newport Sands!

Although we have other beaches, we prefer before this location, this is just our personal preference, and we are confident that many will love this location and should write it down on their things to do in the UK list! 

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