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Poppit Sands

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Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands is at the start (or finish) of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, 2 miles north west of Cardigan on the Teifi estuary. An attended / P&D car park is situated just across the road from the beach and access to the beach is a walk of about 50 yards along a boardwalk. Poppit has a long wide gently-sloping sandy beach backed by low dunes, with rocks and rockpools at the north-western end and the Teifi river along its eastern side. The dunes are host to some rare plants including bee orchid. The beach looks out towards Cardigan Island and the village of Gwbert on the other side of the Teifi.

Facilities include toilets, a cafe with outdoor seating, cycle stands and a small picnic area (just behind the car park). Lifeguards patrol late June to early September (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Dog restrictions apply on a section of the beach (roughly the western half) from 1st May to 30th September. Dogs are allowed on the part of the beach near the river. For surfers, Poppit is a beach break, surfable at most stages of the tide and generally suitable for beginners. A sandbar break on the Gwbert side of the estuary is for the more experienced, and can be surfed on a rising tide, but strong rips occur in this area.

There are some good walks locally, and a large sign in the car park shows the local rights-of-way. The car park is listed as a Dark Sky discovery site - a place away from local light pollution suitable for star-gazing at night.

View of Poppit SandsView of Poppit Sands
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View of Poppit Sands
View of Poppit Sands
Eastern end of Poppit
Eastern end of Poppit
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