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Saundersfoot Beach

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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.
Saundersfoot Beach

Saundersfoot is one of Pembrokeshire's most popular beaches, stretching for half a mile northwards from the harbour to Coppet Hall point. The beach usually attains the Blue Flag Award and consists of fine sand with a few outcrops of rock. It can get very busy, especially around high tide. Access to the shore is a slipway with a steep gradient. A (P&D) car park is located at the harbour overlooking the beach and another P&D car park a short distance away by the Regency Hall. Short term (free) parking can be found on Frances Lane, which runs along the northern perimeter of the village.

Saundersfoot has very good facilities including pubs, cafes, beach shops and take-aways. In summer, fishing trips operate from the harbour. Toilets ♿ are located at the back of the harbour, and drinking water is available from taps along the southern harbour wall. Lifeguards patrol from late June until early September (10am - 6pm).

Originally built to export anthracite from local pits, the harbour was served by a narrow (4' 0") gauge railway with two branches. One branch ran along The Strand and through a 70 yard tunnel to Coppet Hall, thence through further tunnels of 20 and 110 yards and along the foot of the cliffs to Wisemans Bridge and Stepaside. This route is now a foot / cycle path. The other branch ran directly inland to Reynalton passing under Saundersfoot station in a ¼ mile long tunnel. Following this route (via Brookland Place, the Incline, Fan Road) is the best way to reach Saundersfoot's rural rail station, which is about 1¼ miles from the village.

Dog restrictions apply on Saundersfoot beach from the harbour northwards for approximately 400 yards from 1st May to 30th September - the alleyway onto The Strand being the northern boundary. The beach looks out across Carmarthen Bay to Rhossili Down and Worm's Head on the Gower Peninsula.

High Tide at Saundersfoot
High Tide at Saundersfoot
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