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Secret Beaches in Wales - the Ultimate List

Some of the secret, hidden coves of Wales, ideal for escaping the crowds (listed from South to North).

Ever since Rob Smith's book 'Secret Beaches - Wales' was published in 2012, the term 'Secret Beaches' has been coined by many websites, each with their own list. Some of these beaches (such as Brandy Cove - Gower, Watwick Bay - Pembrokeshire and Traeth yr Ora - Anglesey) are now listed in so many places, they're hardly 'secret' any more. Most of these internet guides have been compiled by people who've never visited these beaches and the information has been gleaned from other sites. Since websites aren't allowed to copy text, any information has to be re-worded, and in doing so some of its meaning is lost - sometimes to the point where it becomes misleading or incorrect. Whilst Rob Smith's book makes good reading, he clearly hasn't explored the entire coast of Wales, as he's missed some of the best ones.

Here then, is the ultimate list of secret beaches. Many of these won't be found anywhere else.

Temple Bay
Temple Bay - Glamorgan
A short walk east along the coastal path from Southerndown will take you to a much quieter bay. Access is down a steep path with steps.
Blue Pool Bay
Blue Pool Bay - West Gower
A small beach with sand at low tide, whose main attraction is a large circular rock pool deep enough to jump into from the rocks above.
Mowingword Bay
Mowingword Bay - Pembrokeshire
The ultimate secret beach, but really difficult to get to! Not listed on any other guides!
Longoar Bay
Longoar Bay - Pembrokeshire
A little-known beach on the north side of the Milford Haven waterway with sand at low tide, backed by low sandstone cliffs.
Pwllstrodur
Pwllstrodur - Pembrokeshire
A small beach of dark sand and rocks on Pembrokeshire's north coast.
Porth Dwgan
Porth Dwgan - Pembrokeshire
A secret beach, with a secret (low-tide) access
Traeth Gwrddon
Traeth Gwrddon - Ceredigion
A tiny cove which the coastal path misses as it passes along the side of the steep valley.
Traeth y Coubal
Traeth y Coubal - Ceredigion
A small beach south of New Quay. Very quiet and peaceful.
Cemetery Beach
Cemetery Beach - Gwynedd
A long, sandy beach north of Aberdovey
Carreg Wen
Carreg Wen - Llyn Peninsula
A small, sheltered cove just a short walk from Borth-y-Gest or Black Rock Sands.
Porth Llawenan
Porth Llawenan - Llyn Peninsula
A cove at the tip of the Llyn Peninsula, neighbouring Porth Ysgo.
Porth y Wrach
Porth y Wrach - Llyn Peninsula
The next beach along from the better-known Whistling Sands. Only accessible around low tide.
Porth Ty Mawr
Porth Ty Mawr - Llyn Peninsula
One of many small coves on the northern Llyn Peninsula. Access is down steep banks.
Porth Pistyll
Porth Pistyll - Llyn Peninsula
A low-tide sandy beach, about a mile long on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula.
Tan y Graig
Tan y Graig - Llyn Peninsula
A remote beach of sand and shingle, about ½ mile long reached by a footpath from the A499 at Tan y Graig.
Traeth Abermenai
Traeth Abermenai - Anglesey
A wide bay of wet sand and saltmarsh, which has a sheltered sandy shore along its southern side.
Porth Lleidiog
Porth Lleidiog - Anglesey
A small sandy beach on Anglesey's west coast.
Porth Rhwydau
Porth Rhwydau - Anglesey
A small beach with caves, only accessible for a few hours around low tide.
Porth y Nant
Porth y Nant - Anglesey
They don't come much more secret than this one. Very remote and secluded!
Porthygwychiaid
Porthygwychiaid - Anglesey
A remote beach on Anglesey's east coast. A long walk from the nearest lane.
Tan Dinas
Tan Dinas - Anglesey
A beach that's not found on any other guides. Extensive remains of quarrying activity nearby.