Secret Beaches - Wales & Somerset

Some of the less well-known beaches, ideal for escaping the crowds (listed from South to North).

'Secret Beaches' are those which you won't normally find in the official guides, usually because they're remote or, sometimes difficult to reach. If you really want to find your own beach on a hot day, you need to head for north Pembrokeshire, the northern coast of the Llyn Peninsula or the northern half of Anglesey. Below are some of the best Secret Beaches that Wales and Somerset have to offer :
Selworthy

Selworthy Sand - West Somerset

A very difficult beach to get to, involving either a descent down a steep scree slope, or a scramble through an opening at the top of a cave.
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.
Bullslaughter Bay

Bullslaughter Bay - Pembrokeshire

This beach is in the MoD's Castlemartin range, and access times are limited.
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.
Pwllcrochan Bay

Pwllcrochan Bay - Pembrokeshire

A remote sandy bay, about a mile's walk from Abermawr beach. Part of the path down is lost to erosion, so access now involves a short, but easy climb.
Pwll Gwylog

Pwll Gwylog - Pembrokeshire

A beach that very few people know about, with a foreshore of thin rounded slate pebbles. A good place for peace and quiet.
Aberrhigian

Aber Rhigian - Pembrokeshire

A very secluded cove, ideal for swimming. The footpath from the A478 leads through a wooded area following a lively stream down to the beach.
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.
Carreg Wen

Carreg Wen - Llyn Peninsula

A small, sheltered cove just a short walk from Borth-y-Gest or Black Rock Sands.
Porth Ysgo

Porth Ysgo - Llyn Peninsula

A tiny cove at the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. Remnants of manganese mines nearby with some adits accessible.
Porth y Wrach

Porth y Wrach - Llyn Peninsula

The next beach along from the better-known Whistling Sands. Only accessible around low tide.
Porth Lyfesig

Porth Lyfesig - Llyn Peninsula

One of many small coves on the northern Llyn Peninsula. Access is down steep banks.
Traeth Abermenai

Traeth Abermenai - Anglesey

A wide bay of wet sand and saltmarsh, which has a sheltered sandy shore along its southern side.
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.
Traeth yr Ora

Traeth yr Ora - Anglesey

A wide sheltered sandy beach, about a mile's walk from the car parks at Traeth Lligwy.
Tan Dinas

Tan Dinas - Anglesey

A beach that's not found on any other guides. Extensive remains of quarrying activity nearby.