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.

  • Marros Sands Beach © Humphrey Bolton | BY-SA

    1. Marros Sands Beach

    Pendine, Carmarthenshire

    This long stretch of beach is somewhat off the beaten track and largely untouched. Whilst it isn't quite bucket and spade fare Marros Sands are a great place to enjoy some solitude and take a bracing…

  • Musselwick Sands Beach © Hugh Chevallier | BY-SA

    2. Musselwick Sands Beach

    Marloes, Pembrokeshire

    Located close to Marloes village on the southern edge of St Brides Bay is the lovely sandy beach of Musselwick. Backed by the high cliffs of Wooltack Point and Nab Head the north-facing beach here is…

  • Bullslaughter Bay © Alistair Hare | BY-SA

    3. Bullslaughter Bay

    Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire

    Despite the rather macabre sounding name, Bullslaughter Bay is actually a very pleasant little beach. Set in a cove of high limestone cliffs, punctuated by caves and arches this is a great spot for explorers…

  • Church Doors Cove © N Chadwick | BY-SA

    4. 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…

  • Mowingword Bay © Alistair Hare | BY-SA

    5. Mowingword Bay

    , Pembrokeshire

    About half a mile to the south of Barafundle Bay, on the far side of Stackpole Head, is Mowingword Bay. Relatively unheard of compared to its much vaunted neighbour the beach here rivals any in Wales.…

  • Porthsychan Beach © Jeremy Bolwell | BY-SA

    6. Porthsychan Beach

    Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

    Set in a sheltered cove near the north-westerly tip of Pembrokeshire is the pleasant little beach of Porthsychan. What the beach lacks in sand (it is mostly shingle and pebble) it makes up for in charm.…

  • Presipe Bay © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    7. Presipe Bay

    , Pembrokeshire

    Presipe Bay is one of the beaches on the Pembrokeshire coast that can genuinely be described as a hidden gem. At low tide the beach here consists of a wide stretch of golden sand backed by stunning sandstone…

  • Traeth Llyfn Beach © Anthony Parkes | BY-SA

    8. Traeth Llyfn Beach

    Porthgain, Pembrokeshire

    Traeth Llyfn is one of the lesser visited beaches on this stretch of the Pembrokeshire coast, which is a shame as it is areal gem. In fact, the chances are you may well get this beautiful stretch of sandy…

  • Nolton Haven Beach © Tony Atkin | BY-SA

    9. 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…

  • Swanlake Bay © Rob Lowe | BY-SA

    10. 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…

  • Mwnt Beach © Chris Gunns | BY-SA

    11. 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…

  • Watwick Beach © Gordon Hatton | BY-SA

    12. 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.…

  • Pen-y-Cwm Beach © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    13. Pen-y-Cwm Beach

    Newgale, Pembrokeshire

    Pen-y-Cwm beach is located around a small headland from the better known Newgale beach. In fact this is probably the easiest way to reach the beach as it is accessible across the sand at mid to low tide.…

  • Porth Ysgo Beach © Trevor Rickard | BY-SA

    14. Porth Ysgo Beach

    Abersoch, Gwynedd

    Porth Ysgo is a small secluded cove on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula. Owned by the National Trust this serene little beach is just far enough off the beaten track to rarely get busy. At high tide there…

  • Marloes Sands Beach © Colin Park | BY-SA

    15. 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…

  • Skrinkle Haven Beach © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    16. 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…

  • Brandy Cove © Nick Andrews | BY-SA

    17. 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…

  • Mewslade Bay © Jeremy Bolwell | BY-SA

    18. 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…

  • Porthselau Beach © John Morris | BY-SA

    19. 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…

  • Fall Bay © Brianfagan | BY-SA

    20. 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,…

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.