Goodwick Sands

Goodwick Sands - Pembrokeshire
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This beach, with its mix of sand and shingle, lies close to the Fishguard-Rosslare Ferry Terminal which is linked by train to London. The beach is divided by a series of wooden groynes and has a sea wall composed of quarried boulders. There is a narrow promenade and a breakwater along which it is possible to walk out for views of the bay.

Look out for seals bobbing up and down in the water.  If you are exceptionally lucky you might even see dolphin or basking shark.

The waters here have a reputation for being quite shallow, and a number of mussels and other shellfish can usually be seen in the wet sand.  In the early evening the beach can be a good spot for fishing.

Goodwick Sands is of historic interest as it was here, in 1797 that a French Revolutionary invasion force surrendered to defending militia after being defeated in what has become known as The Battle of Fishguard.  Legend tells how an extraordinary local heroine, Jemima Nichols rounded up 12 of the French mercenaries armed only with a pitchfork.

The A40 road runs alongside the beach and there are a number of parking spaces here with a larger pay and display car park on the other side of the road.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed and dog bins are provided

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Shop
  • Slipway
  • Promenade

Nearest town



SA64 0DE

OS grid ref.

SM 9487 3785


There is free parking for 60 cars. including disabled spaces.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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