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Newgale Sands

The Beaches of Wales
by Alistair Hare
Out 17 Sept
A complete guide to every beach and cove around the coast of Wales. Information and photos of almost 500 beaches. An essential guide.
Newgale Sands

Newgale is a popular surfing beach on Pembrokeshire's west coast. Approximately 2 miles long, it usually attains the Blue Flag Award, and is one of Pembrokeshire's longest beaches. The shore is mostly fine sand backed by a storm bank of pebbles - at high tide the sea comes right up to the pebble bank. Towards the southern end of Newgale is the small headland of Maidenhall Point which has a walk-through cave. Beyond it are some smaller coves with rock-pools. There are some relics of coal-mining activity at the extreme southern end.

Towards the northern end, the curiosly named Brandy Brook percolates through the pebble bank onto the shore, and at low-tide it's possible to walk along the shore to neighbouring Pen-y-cwm beach.

Parking is at one of two P&D car parks positioned just behind the beach, and lifeguards patrol during summer in front of both car parks. The section of beach bounded by the two car parks is subject to dog restrictions from 1st May to 30th September. Parking is also available in laybys on the A487 from Haverfordwest where it descends to Newgale, and some roadside parking can be found on Welsh Road at the far southern end.

Facilities include a shop, pub, The Sands Cafe (recommended), camping site, surf-shop (with lessons and board hire available) and toilets ♿.

Surf conditions are usually reliable but it's best to avoid high water when the waves hit the pebble bank. It's suitable for beginners, and there's always plenty of space.

The southern end of Newgale Beach
The southern end of Newgale Beach
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