Posted 17th Nov 2015
With cooler, crisp weather setting in, Discover Carmarthenshire has launched a new online beach guide revealing some of the county’s lesser-known beaches; perfect for brisk walks, shoreline picnics and rockpool exploration this autumn. We find out more
Free to access, the guide to Carmarthenshire's beaches can be downloaded from the Discover Carmarthenshire website here: www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/beaches.
Each beach has a recommended ‘where to stay’ tip, with options including a newly refurbished boutique hotel in Llansteffan commanding impressive coastal views, as well as detailed instructions on how to best access each beach as well as Ordinance Survey coordinates.
The county also has two of Wales’ longest beaches along its coastline at Pendine and Cefn Sidan. However, this new guide focuses on the country’s more hidden gems, a handful of secluded coves and blissful bays, perfect for those in search of a tranquil beach escape. Highlights of hidden beaches included in the guide, along with recommended accommodation, include:
Morfa Bychan, Nr Pendine
Tucked between two headland points to the west of Pendine is Morfa Bychan – a small, pretty golden sand beach backed by a large pebble bank, leading into a lush, wooded valley. Commanding exceptional views over Carmarthen Bay towards the Gower and North Somerset, the beach is part of a rugged and remote section of the Carmarthenshire coastline, often meaning that visitors get the sands to themselves. Beach-goers willing to brave the brisk autumn waters are safe to swim at high tide, and keen-eyed nature lovers will be able to spot the petrified remains of an extensive forest in the sands at low-tide; as well as the remnants of a medieval field system. Morfa Bychan can be accessed from Pendine Beach, following the coastal path westwards over the headland.
Where to stay: Boasting a prime position on the hillside just above Pendine Sands are Pendine Apartments; two stylish sea-view hideaways commanding panoramic views of sea and sky. Sleeping between 4-6, these modern apartments are the ideal escape for couples or groups looking for a peaceful escape by the shore, with private balconies (complete with hot tubs) offering the ideal spot to sit and watch the waves lap beneath. Prices start from £282 for a 3-night stay in November on a self-catering basis. www.pendineapartments.co.uk
Scott’s Bay, Llansteffan
The ultimate in hidden beach finds, Scott’s Bay is a beautiful secluded sandy beach tucked away behind a headland in Llansteffan; accessible along the Wales Coastal Path from Llansteffan beach through lush woodland and swathes of wild flowers. Whilst not a swimming beach, Scott’s Bay is the ideal spot for a romantic picnic or family run around, with low tide revealing a huge stretch of sand to enjoy. Best of all, as it’s so secluded you’re more than likely to have it all to yourself, leaving you free to sit back on the sands and drink in the fantastic views over the Taf estuary in complete peace.
Where to stay: Sat proudly above the sleepy beach village of Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire is the newly renovated Mansion House; a charming 19th-century mansion set amidst five acres of manicured gardens, with breathtaking views over the Taf estuary. Five individually designed rooms make the most of the glorious surrounding views, with features including a roll top bath, custom-upholstered super king-size bed, goose down duvets and ultra cosy bathrobes and towels; whilst refreshment trays stocked with homemade baked goodies and WiFi throughout ensure a comfortable stay. Prices start from £125 per room per night in November, based on two sharing a double room on a B&B basis. www.mansionhousellansteffan.co.uk
Telpyn Beach, Amroth
Found to the west of Telpyn Point near Amroth is Telpyn Beach, a wide sandy beach framed by dramatic coastal cliffs and pebble banks. Popular with swimmers and sunbathers in the know, a large smooth jut of rock forms a divide between Telpyn and Marros Beach, providing the ultimate platform upon which to lie back and catch some autumn rays. The wide, cool waters are great for swimmers willing to brave the temperatures and dogs are allowed on the beach at all times; making it a great spot for autumnal walks with a pooch in tow. True to its hidden form, this beach is accessed through a field and down steps from the clifftop.
Where to stay: Set amongst 17 acres of woodland with stunning views over Marros Mountain is Coastal Wood Holidays; the perfect choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the unspoilt nature of the Welsh countryside. Set on a working farm, five stylishly renovated stone cottages offer a ‘home away from home’ for guests, with plenty to explore around the farm and the nearby Pembrokeshire National park. Prices start from £255 for a 7-night stay based on two sharing ‘The Nook’ cottage on a self-catering basis in November. To book go to www.coastalwoodholidays.co.uk or call 01994 453 214.
Ferryside Beach, Ferryside
Tucked away off the beaten track despite having its own railway station is Ferryside, a quaint coastal village at the mouth of the River Tywi just across the estuary from Llansteffan. As well as boasting incredible views across the waters to Llansteffan castle, Ferryside rewards those fortunate enough to stumble across it with a quiet narrow stretch of unspoilt sandy beach. Although not a swimming beach, it was once at the heart of the Carmarthen Bay cockle picking industry, and is now a tranquil hideaway ideal for those searching for a peaceful space to sit back on the sands, relax, and drink in the unending views of the Carmarthenshire coastline. As it’s on the Wales Coast Path, it’s also ideal for those looking for a picture-perfect picnic spot mid-walk. Ferryside Beach can be accessed from the road leading into Ferryside, just over the railway crossing.
Where to stay: Offering stunning sea views in a peaceful, rural location is Ferryside Farmhouse; a country retreat B&B in a beautifully renovated stone farmhouse. Offering just three rooms, this is an intimate B&B ideal for couples looking to get away from it all by the sea, with rustic yet comfortable interiors boasting features such as exposed beams, oak flooring and elegant bedrooms. Prices start from £65 per room per night based on two sharing a double room on a B&B basis in November. To book visit www.ferrysidefarm.co.uk or call 0781 771 8445.
A PDF of Discover Carmarthenshire’s Hidden Beach Guide can be found here: www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/beaches/beaches_images/hidden_beaches.pdf
For more information on Carmarthenshire’s beaches and how to access them, visit www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/beaches.