Porthmelgan Beach

Porthmelgan Beach - Pembrokeshire
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Just to the north of the popular Whitesands beach is the pleasant little cove of Porthmelgan. Only
accessible from the coast path this is a great spot to escape the summer crowds.

As with many of the lesser known beaches on the Pembrokeshire coast it is worth checking the tide before visiting as it might make the difference between a lovely sandy beach or perching on the boulders next to the cliff face!

The small sandy cove is backed by high cliffs on three sides giving considerable protection from the prevailing winds. To the north of the bay is St David’s Head (Penmaen Dewi) which is home to a variety of seabirds along with ravens and peregrine falcons. This headland is also the location of a number of ancient monuments.

Porthmelgan is one of the most westerly beaches in Wales, and although it receives some shelter from Ramsey Island and the Bishop & Clerks Reef just offshore, there can be strong currents. These treacherous rocks have been the site of any number of shipwrecks over the centuries.

There is nothing in the way of facilities at Porthmelgan but there is are toilets, café and car parking just along the coastpath at Whitesands.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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Nearest town


OS grid ref.

SM 7281 2795

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Porthmelgan Beach Reviews

Beautiful cove

Aug 17th 2023

An exceptional beach with clear water. Excellent for swimming and relaxing. Very interesting cave formations either end of the beach. Very much worth the walk from Whitesands