Pembrokeshire’s Best Dog Friendly Beaches
While all of Pembrokeshire’s gorgeous beaches are open to dogs to some extent, not all are accessible 24/7. However, if you know where to look, there are some great places for pooches in the area. From Broad Haven to Newport Sands you’ll find stunning stretches of sand where your four-legged friend can play to their heart’s content. Read on to discover 5 of the best dog-friendly beaches in Pembrokeshire.
Best beaches in Pembrokeshire for dogs
With over a mile of golden sands at low tide, Marloes is not a beach to miss. Open to dogs year-round, the beach sits against dramatic cliff faces and at the western end of the beach, the rock formations make up numerous little bays and rock pools. In fact, the beach is so picturesque that scenes from the film “Snow White and the Huntsman”, starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, were shot here in September 2011. Just make sure to check tide times before you visit and keep an eye on the incoming waves at all times, as the beach can disappear altogether at high tide!
Broad Haven South Beach
The National Trust owned Bosherston Lakes lead to a wide sandy bay known as Broad Haven South Beach. The dog-friendly beach here is wide and has lots of soft sand for visitors and their canine companions to walk or run along. Those who love exploring can find boulders and even an ‘island’ on the west side, along with springs coming from the cliffs. On the east, at low tide, there are small caves and a stream that comes from a group of lily ponds, which is great for small kids and dogs.
Tucked away between the busier seaside towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot, Monkstone Beach is a quiet and remote stretch of sand perfect for those after some peace and quiet. Sheltered and isolated, its amazing views make it a great place to have a romantic stroll with a partner and your pooch! It should be safe to swim if the weather’s good, but be careful, as there are no lifeguards stationed here. The beach is accessible by the coast path from Saundersfoot or by a steep path and steps to the beach reached via a footpath through Trevayne Farm.
This mile-long beach, also known as Traeth Mawr or Big Beach, sits alongside the Nevern Estuary. With a golf course at one end and sand dunes at the other, this beach is popular with dog walkers, families, bird watchers and water sports enthusiasts alike. During the summer, there are lifeguards present from June to September, with safe zones marked by flags to show where visitors are able to swim.
Another of the great dog-friendly beaches in Pembrokeshire, is Freshwater West. Favoured by smugglers long ago, it is now a surfing hotspot thanks to its consistent Atlantic swells that produce perfect waves for the sport. The gorgeous sands and massive dunes draw in everyone else and the beach has appeared in multiple films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Staying elsewhere on the coast or planning a trip to a few different Welsh regions? Find more dog-friendly beaches in Wales for your furry friend to enjoy on our blog.