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Porthlysgi & Porth Coch Bach


Porthlysgi Bay (pronounced 'porth-lissgy') is a quiet beach just over 1½ miles south-west of St Davids. The shore is sandy at low tide, backed by shingle, and looks out to the small craggy islet of Carreg yr Esgob (Bishop Rock) just offshore. The secluded cove of Porth Coch Bach is on the east side, and can be reached by walking over the rocks, or wading at low tide. A good variety of pebbles can be found, including sandstones of various colours, mudstones and quartz pebbles. Being very sheltered, it's a good beach for sunbathing and swimming.

Access is from the coastal path which runs for a few yards along the back of the beach. The nearest parking is an attended car park at Porthclais (Grid Ref : SM739242 / Lat : 51.8707°N, Lon : 5.2854°W). From here, Porthlysgi can be reached via the coastal path, but a shorter route is to follow the track opposite the car park to meet the coastal path near Porthlysgi Farm.

Dogs are allowed at all times.

Porthlysgi Bay
Porthlysgi Bay
Porthlysgi (left) & Porth Coch Bâch (right)
Porthlysgi (left) & Porth Coch Bâch (right)
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