The Beach Guide

Wales secret beaches

You may have thought that secluded beaches with fine sand, crystal clear water and just the cry of the gulls for company were long gone, but they're not. Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the Wales coast are any number of unspoilt hidden gems where you can enjoy a little peace and quiet.

Here at the Beach Guide we have compiled a list of your favourite hidden beaches in Wales that are just far enough off the beaten track to never get too busy.

Of course escaping the crowds may not be your only reason for visiting these little known spots. Not only are they a little tricky to find and get to, they are also some of the loveliest beaches in Wales.

  • Church Doors Cove

    1. Church Doors Cove

    Manorbier, Pembrokeshire

    Like neighbouring beaches along this stretch of the Pembrokeshire coast, Church Doors Cove is something of a geological wonder, and it is to this that the beach's name refers. The cove has sheer stratified…

  • Swanlake Bay

    2. Swanlake Bay

    Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    Swanlake Bay beach is located in South Pembrokeshire and the only way to get here is to walk down the Pembrokeshire National Park Coastal Footpath. The closest car park is in Manorbier, so although it…

  • Porthselau Beach

    3. Porthselau Beach

    St Davids, Pembrokeshire

    Porthselau is a small, largely sandy beach which is dotted with rock formations. It is located on the south side of greater Whitesands Bay. It faces north-west which means that you get excellent vistas…

  • Nolton Haven Beach

    4. Nolton Haven Beach

    Nolton Haven, Pembrokeshire

    Nolton Haven is a secluded sandy beach in the St Brides Bay area. It is set in a narrow inlet which is flanked by cliffs. The beach here is a mix of sand and pebbles but at low tide a narrow strip of…

  • Mewslade Bay

    5. Mewslade Bay

    Swansea, Glamorgan

    Mewslade Bay is a beautiful, sandy beach on the remote Gower Peninsula near to the famous Worm's Head. It is backed by high grassy cliffs and dominated by the 70-metre high rocks of Thurba Head. From…

  • Mwnt Beach

    6. Mwnt Beach

    Cardigan, Ceredigion

    The lovely little beach of Mwnt consists of a rectangle of sand backed by steep cliffs and overlooked by the dome-shaped headland of Foel y Mwnt. Owned by the National Trust, this beach is a little off…

  • Skrinkle Haven Beach

    7. Skrinkle Haven Beach

    Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    Skrinkle Haven beach sits between Old Castle Head and Lydstep Point and is located to the south-east of pretty Manorbier Village. There is a small bay here that is encircled by high cliffs and when the…

  • Marloes Sands Beach

    8. Marloes Sands Beach

    Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire

    Stretching over a mile this expanse of golden sand offers some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere on the Welsh coast. Set on a peninsula that forms the south-westerly tip of Wales, Marloes Sands…

  • Watwick Beach

    9. Watwick Beach

    Dale, Pembrokeshire

    Watwick Bay is a small east-facing beach at the mouth of Milford Haven. It is set on the remote and narrow peninsula leading to St Annes Head. The beach is rather steep and is made up mostly of sand.…

  • Penbryn Beach

    10. Penbryn Beach

    Cardigan, Ceredigion

    Penbryn Beach is one of Ceredigion's favourite beaches and is managed and owned by the National Trust. It is located between the scenic coves of Tresaith and Llangrannog which sit along the Wales Coast…

  • Brandy Cove

    11. Brandy Cove

    Swansea, Glamorgan

    This secluded little cove on the Gower Peninsula is tucked away just to the west of Caswell Bay. Access is either by walking around the steep path from Caswell or along the valley from the village of…

  • Fall Bay

    12. Fall Bay

    Swansea, Glamorgan

    Fall Bay, a sand and rock beach on the Gower Peninsula, is never busy. This is thanks to the fact that it is one of the hardest beaches to reach along the Glamorgan coastline. However, it can be reached,…

  • Westdale Beach

    13. Westdale Beach

    Dale, Pembrokeshire

    West Dale Beach sits on the edge of the village of Dale, just south of the old RNAS Dale airbase. The beach here is a mix of sand and shingle backed by cliffs. At either end of the small beach are a few…

  • Llanddwyn Beach

    14. Llanddwyn Beach

    Llanfaer Pwll, Anglesey

    An excellent sandy beach backed by forest and extensive dunes, at the south-western tip of Anglesey. A path leads to the Llanddwyn Island nature reserve. Excellent views of the Snowdonia National Park.…

  • White Beach

    15. White Beach

    Fedw Fawr, Anglesey

    Set on the remote north eastern coast of Anglesey White beach really is a bit of a hidden beauty. The name (I'm guessing) comes from the white pebbles that make up the beach. These slope down steeply…

  • Monkstone Beach

    16. Monkstone Beach

    Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    A couple of miles north of Tenby is Monkstone beach, a fine stretch of golden sand punctuated by the occasional rock. This is a fairly sheltered beach and swimming here is generally safe, although there…

  • Porth Wen Beach

    17. Porth Wen Beach

    Amlwch, Anglesey

    Porth Wen is an interesting little bay just west of the popular Bull Bay. Despite it's attractions Porth Wen is quite off the beaten track and mostly frequented by fishermen. The shoreline here is fairly…

  • Harlech Beach

    18. Harlech Beach

    Harlech, Gwynedd

    Sandy beach surrounded by dunes and within the Snowdonia National Park. Harlech is designated as a National Nature Reserve. The 13th century Harlech castle stands on the cliff above the beach and is open…

  • Carreg Wen Beach

    19. Carreg Wen Beach

    Porthmadog, Gwynedd

    Carreg Wen is a beautiful little beach in Tremadog Bay, overlooking the estuaries of the Afon Dwyryd and the Afon Glaslyn. The sandy beach is flanked by rocks and backed by hills and grasslands. From…

  • Traeth yr Ora Beach

    20. Traeth yr Ora Beach

    Moelfre, Anglesey

    This lovely wide, sand and shingle beach is just far enough off the beaten track to make this one of Anglesey's true hidden gems. The beach itself is a long stretch of sand and shingle at high tide. As…

Please note: we would have preferred it if these beaches could have remained secret forever and would like to make it clear that the Beach Guide would never be the first to publish the details of any hidden beach.