Our guide to Pembrokeshire’s top dog friendly beaches

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You’re all packed and ready to head on your family holiday to Pembrokeshire. We might be biased but we believe Pembrokeshire is the perfect destination for a pooch friendly family holiday. We know how important your dogs are to you, they’re part of the family, and no one likes waving goodbye to their beloved pet at the kennels back home.

As well as our dog friendly cottages, Pembrokeshire is packed with dog friendly places to visit and explore and here we’re going to take you through a guide to some of the beaches to visit with your four legged friend.
Our beloved coastline of Pembrokeshire is blessed with over 50 beaches, and all of them await you and your dog. Yes there are some limitations at certain times of the year (1st of May to end of September) but don’t be put off by this as there are still plenty of fantastic beaches to choose from.

Here’s Experience Môr’s quick guide:

Cwm yr Eglwys (only 2.4 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage and 5.7 miles from our Newport – Cwm Tawel cottages)

Dog Friendly: All year round
Beach Type: Sandy and shingle
Facilities: Toilets, Slipway, Car Parking in village

A picturesque sandy and shingle cove with rock pools at low tide. On the beach front there is the end wall of a chapel, the remainder was washed away by storms back in 1859. With dogs welcome all year round Cwm yr Eglwys is a must visit.

Newport Sands (only 2.6 miles away from our Newport – Cwm Tawel cottages)

Dog Friendly: All year round

Beach Type: Sandy

Facilities: Car Park, Toilets, Cafe, Lifeguard, Safe Swimming Zone, Water sports

At a mile and a half long at the mouth of the River Nevern, this is a dune backed sandy beach and a very popular spot for water sports. If you’re planning a visit, check out the tide times to make sure that there’s plenty of beach for you and your dog to run around on.

Pwllgwaelod Beach (only 2.0 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage and 6.2 miles from our Newport – Cwm Tawel cottages)

Dog Friendly: All year round

Beach Type: Sand and Shingle

Facilities: Toilets and there is a pub nearby

Pwllgwaelod Beach is a small sandy beach that is encircled by cliffs with views across the water to Fishguard Harbour. The cliffs offer some protection from the wind and at low tide there is a good stretch of sand.
The beach is also one of the starting points of a trek that stretches for three miles following the Pembrokeshire National Park Coastal Footpath which follows the coast around to Dinas Head.

 

Goodwick Sands Beach (6.8 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage)

Dog Friendly: Restirctions apply to the northern end of the beach between 1st May and 30th September.

Beach Type: Sandy

Facilities: Toilets, Slipway, other facilities on shore include cafe, disabled facilities and shop.

A nice sandy beach with lots of facilities around the area with a bonus of being able to see dolphin.

 

 

Poppit Sands (8.8 miles away from our Newport – Cwm Tawel cottages)

Dog Friendly: Large areas of the beach are dog friendly all year round with restrictions only on the Western end of beach between 1st of May – 30th of September.
Beach Type: Sandy, backed with dunes
Facilities: Toilets, Cafe, Car Parking, Lifeguard, Water sports

Located at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary, Poppit Sands is a vast sandy beach with the bonus of a large amount of it being dog friendly all year round. It is also located at the start (or end) of the Pembrokeshire coastal path.

Aberbach Beach (14.8 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage)

Dog Friendly: All year around

Beach Type: Sand and Pebble

Facilities: No facilities however there are some facilities on shore such as pubs, hotels etc.

This small pebble cove sits at the bottom of a wooded valley. As the tide goes out, the beach becomes progressively more sandy. However, as the tide returns the beach shrinks rapidly.

 

Porthgain, near St Davids (16.5 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage)

Dog Friendly: All year round

Beach Type: Harbour

Facilities: Free parking in village, Pub, Restaurant

Porthgain is located between St David’s and Fishguard and is a lovely little harbour to visit. From here you can access the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and head towards Abereiddy passing Traeth Llyfn on the way. A great day out for the whole family all year round.

Newgale Sands near St Davids  (18.4 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage)

Dog Friendly: Southern section dog friendly all year round with restrictions between 1st May – 30th September on the Northern third of the beach.
Beach Type: Sandy with a pebble bank
Facilities: Car Parking, Pub, Cafe, Toilets (disabled), Lifeguard, Surfing (hire and school), Kayaking.

Another wonder of a beach at 2 miles long (even more at low tide), it’s a favourite for water sports and a favourite with our 4 legged friends. The Southern part of the beach is dog friendly all year round with some restriction during the peak season on the Northern section, but there’s still plenty of beach to explore so no need to worry.

Pointz Castle (also known as Porthmynawyd) (19.2 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage)
Dog Friendly: All year round
Beach type: Sandy
Facilities: Reached by a footpath from Pointz Castle farm. There is parking in lay-bys on the A487

A real secret cove and of the beaten track, Pointz Castle is dog friendly all year round. Ac-cessible by footpath from Pointz Castle farm, it’s best to head here at low tide where you can explore a cave and have more beach to run around on.

Solva and Gwadn beach (21.1 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage)

Dog Friendly: All year round
Beach type: Harbour with access to Gwadn beach
Facilities: Car Parking and Toilets at Solva harbour

Solva harbour is a great place to visit and sit and watch the world go by, and at low tide you can walk along the headland to the dog friendly beach of Gwadn, a real hidden gem. At high tide there is still the option of accessing Gwadn beach along the coastal path – worth the walk with great views.

Porthmelgan Beach near Whitesands Bay  (22 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage)

Dog Friendly: All year round
Beach Type: Pebble and Sandy
Facilities: No facilities at Porthmelgan however there is a Car Park, Lifeguard, Surfing and Toilets at Whitesands

A great alternative to Whitesands Bay (which has some limitations in peak season), Porthmelgan is a secluded beach accessible only by foot from Whitesands. We know you’ll agree that a visit here is a great way to enjoy a coastal walk while heading to the beach.

Broad Haven, near Haverfordwest (25.9 miles away from our Newport – Penmynydd Uchaf cottage)

Dog Friendly: Restrictions between 1st May – 30th September on the central section of the beach.
Beach Type: Sandy
Facilities: Car Parking, Pub, Cafe, Toilets, Lifeguard, Water sports

A vast sandy beach at low tide this is a favourite with many. There is also the option of heading to the smaller beach of Little Haven (dog friendly all year round) which can be accessed by walking along the beach at low tide or along the coast path at high tide.

Beach and Coast Doggy etiquette

  • Please respect other people and clear up any mess after your dog and place in a bin.
  • Dogs should be kept on a lead on the coast path and please take care when entering fields with livestock.
  • Take time to read notice boards on beaches highlighting restricted areas, these will be clearly signed to help you out.

So you’ve decided what beach to head to now take a look at our dog friendly cottages, outdoor warm showers, large enclosed gardens, and boot rooms to brush down the dog – just some of the facilities on offer with us at Experience Môr. We look forward to offering you a Warm Welsh Croeso!

We own our cottages so you can contact us direct with any questions 01348 811356 or 07538 923279
  • The Aulton family - Staffordshire
    Really enjoyed our stay here, beautiful house with good facilities and excellent location.  Would recommend Newport and Aberfforest beaches, as well as Newgale.  The Golden Lion in Newport is excellent for food, and is dog friendly.
    The Aulton family - Staffordshire
    19th-26th October 2018
  • The Devon Crew
    A very enjoyable 2 weeks in a comfortable well-equipped cottage with a beautiful garden and situated in a superb location
    The Devon Crew
    14th-28th September 2018
  • Lennard family
    A great place, time and craic, much laughter
    Lennard family
    6th-13th September 2018
  • Gwen & ~Lee and family -
    Thank you for a wonderful week in West Wales, enjoyed by the 4 generations who stayed here
    Gwen & ~Lee and family -
    24th - 31st August 2018
  • The Taylors and LeBeaus - Cardiff
    Had a lovely holiday, one of the best in this beautiful part of the world. Can't beat the view and the sunsets
    The Taylors and LeBeaus - Cardiff
    24th-31st AUGUST
  • The Jones family - Sussex
    Beautiful cottage in a great location - idyllic even.  Thank you very much for providing such a venue.  The cottage amenities were great too - very comfortable beds, great kitchen & lounge
    The Jones family - Sussex
    17th August 2018
  • The Cope family - July 20128
    Wonderful stay in Penmynydd Uchaf, the views, garden and countryside location were as expected and more. House is well stocked with anything you would need. Bath robes and towels were very helpful. Extra freezer was also very much appreciated. Looking forward to visiting again!
    The Cope family - July 20128
    Manchester
  • The Wintles
    An awesome host, house and view. Our stay stay was superb. Lovely weather and days out  exploring beautiful Pembrokeshire. Thank you Jonty and Talley (J's 18 month old black lab who adopted us)                               1
    The Wintles
    June 2nd-7th 2019
  • Grant & Hannah - Nottingham
    4th time in the valley, gets more enjoyable and beautiful each time - sorry we missed the fizz Jonathan. See you next time! Thanks for everything
    Grant & Hannah - Nottingham
    11th May 2018
  • Lucy from Oxfordshire and party for Russell's birthday
    We've all had such a lovely time, so remote and tranquil its the perfect place to relax. Jonathan was very welcoming and generous, a truly delightful host. Will definitely be back
    Lucy from Oxfordshire and party for Russell's birthday
    4th - 7th May 2018
  • Arrowsmiths - Swansea
    Our experience of Glandwr can be summed up in 3 letters...WOW!! We had the warmest of welcomes from Jonty and Tally (the lab), the little touches like the wine, champagne and fully stocked fruit bowl made it all seem a little more special! Excellent communication with both Jonty and Daniel before and during our stay! The cottage is rural, peaceful and basically a little slice of heaven...you will not want to leave! It is equipped with everything you would need for a relaxing and enjoyable break away. Each bedroom has its own bath/shower room which is ideal if there is a large group of you! Hot tub was amazing too.
    Arrowsmiths - Swansea
    New Year @ Glandwr
  • The Stone family from Bristol
    Our first Christmas away. What a beautiful cottage with stunning surroundings, couldn't have wished for anymore. Well equipped with a personal touch. Comfy beds, log burner, lovely hot showers he kist is never ending.  Thank you for this wonderful experience.
    The Stone family from Bristol
    Christmas 2017
  • Guhesh and 15 family members
    I really don't have words to express. Don't want to see heaven, but this is heaven on earth & also a holy place. I wish I could write 100 pages about the cottage but this will be less.
    Guhesh and 15 family members
    Christmas 2017
  • Rhys & family
    “This was our first visit to Penmynydd Uchaf and we absolutely loved it. With its fantastic views and beautiful location we couldn’t have wanted more. The house was stunning, very well equipped and very very clean. The only thing we didn’t like was that we had to leave! We will most definitely be visiting again and we hope to visit one of Jonty’s other properties in the very near future. Thanks for the memories Jonty.”
    Rhys & family
    December 2017
  • Richard & Helen - Essex
    Our 4th stay in Jonathan's cottages, idyllic setting here our favourite location. We'll be back I'm sure. Thank you
    Richard & Helen - Essex
    10th November 2017
  • Bev & Darren - Rotherham
    Had the most amazing time - that good we even extended our stay by 2 nights! We certainly had the best experience with Jonty & Dan, both top boys. Loved taking Talley (Jonty's young lab) with our 2 on beaches. We will be back!!
    Bev & Darren - Rotherham
    November 2017
  • Annie & Mick - Ludlow
    Great relax. Peaceful house, total switch off. Newport so unspoilt. Thank you for wine etc, hope to see you again!
    Annie & Mick - Ludlow
    26th November 2017
  • Eileen & Paul Seymore
    A truly amazing week +drama off missing dog (Inca belongs to Jonty). So lovely & welcoming. Intend to return for our 40th in July 2018! Birdlife amazing
    Eileen & Paul Seymore
    24th November 2017
  • The Woodwards - Swindon
    By hook or by crook we had to be the first here. Lots of good places to eat. Good coastal walks. Newport Sands dog friendly and good rock pools. Great views from house, loved sunsets. Visit Lower Fishguard. Lovely time, friendly people, good food. Would like to retire here!! Thank you Jonty
    The Woodwards - Swindon
    7th - 14th July 2017
  • Lloyd family - Staffordshire
    A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. Everyone including dogs & baby loved it. Garden fantastic. Everything you could want
    Lloyd family - Staffordshire
    19th-26th May 2017
  • Evans Family, Lincolnshire
    Relaxing cottage in such a beautiful hidden spot. Perfect walks with the dogs & fishing on the river (we caught a small trout!).
    Evans Family, Lincolnshire
    15th July - 22nd July 2016
  • Seona, Darren & Harry, Oxfordshire
    Wonderful cottage in a fantastic location, loved the lengthy single track road to the cottage, the garden wildlife, the river and the pitch black nights. Newport town and beach is great - dogs loved it. Great walks including some fantastic viewpoints from mountains in the local area.
    Seona, Darren & Harry, Oxfordshire
    1st July - 8th July 2016
  • Andrew & Katy, Leicestershire
    Had a lovely week in this cottage, the dogs loved Newport beach so much we spent a lot of time there! Lovely tranquil surroundings, enjoyed all the wildlife in the garden. A nice relaxing stay, thank you Jonathan and your team.
    Andrew & Katy, Leicestershire
    24th June - July 1st 2016
  • Bill & Suzanne, Derbyshire
    We loved the local walks. The woodland walk is great for morning dog walks. A great destination for a 'doggie holiday'.
    Bill & Suzanne, Derbyshire
    17th June - 24th June 2016
  • Michael and Sue, Kent
    Lovely 2 weeks in perfect location. Great place to bring the dogs, beaches also dog friendly. We will definitely be back in the near future.
    Michael and Sue, Kent
    3rd June - 17th June 2016
  • Peter & Beverly, Romsey
    Beautiful unspoilt location within hidden valley. Another wonderful stay in this stunning location. We shall return!
    Peter & Beverly, Romsey
    13th May - 20th May 2016
  • 20th February 2016
    The kitchen is a delight to cook in, even if - while on holiday- the desire to bake takes you, you will be able to find all the equipment you need.  
    20th February 2016
    Emme, Keith, Jamie and others - Yorks & Leics
  • Nicky Wood, Canada
    Fantastic ice creams can be found at New Quay, found opposite the public toilets. Best ice cream I have ever had!
    Nicky Wood, Canada
    Easter 2016
  • Nicky Wood, Canada
    If you go to Cenarth Falls, Ty-Te Cenarth is really good for food, amazing staff and fantastic food.
    Nicky Wood, Canada
    Easter 2016
  • The Woodwards
    House & location stunning. Lots of good dog walks. Welcome pack in house really good & most helpful.
    The Woodwards
    8th April - 15th April 2016
  • Sue & Mark, Sheffield
    Fantastic week in. Dyffryn Tawel well equipped cottage and lovely gardens. Planning to return next year to this cottage - really loved it.
    Sue & Mark, Sheffield
    22nd - 29th April 2016
  • The Woodwards
    Jonathan is absolutely lovely & can't do enough for you. We will be back - first time I have ever said that. Beautiful place.
    The Woodwards
    8th April - 15th April 2016
  • Wayne & Alexa - Derbyshire
    Lovely week in this fantastic spot. Kids loved the beach. Great meals at the Golden Lion. Many thanks Jonathan for your great hospitality!!!
    Wayne & Alexa - Derbyshire
    1st - 8th April 2016
  • Ed & Jo - Llanvaches
    Very comfortable beds, fantastically well stocked kitchen, Wifi/Sky TV. Couldn't really ask for more to be honest - great.
    Ed & Jo - Llanvaches
    1st - 8th April 2016
  • The Fawcett Family
    A lovely week with weather from sleet to warm sunshine. Great fun walking / running on Newport Sands. Thanks Jonathan.
    The Fawcett Family
    Easter 2016
  • Gil & Karen
    Our first visit to this property - what a fantastic setting. We had an enjoyable week & the dogs loved the beaches, especially Newport & Whitesands.
    Gil & Karen
    March 2016
  • Sarah, James & Paddy the dog
    Paddy wants to recommend running and swimming like a looney at Newgale, followed by a nap by the woodburner :)
    Sarah, James & Paddy the dog
    September 2015 The Cheese House
  • Tregunno children
    Our dog had his first swim in the river and loved it! Lovely seeing the bats and the wildlife. Thank you :)
    Tregunno children
    August ~ 2015
  • Cath, extended family & 2 dogs
    "Our dogs absolutely loved the enclosed large garden and the river at the bottom to paddle in - infact they spent most of their time there!"
    Cath, extended family & 2 dogs
    Glandwr Farmhouse ~ July 2015
  • Cath and family
    “Truly Fabulous Dog Friendly Home From Home in A Picturesque Setting!”
    Cath and family
    Glandwr Farmhouse ~ July 2015
  • Jane M & Family
    “wow this is ours for the week” We had a fantastic stay in glandwr. The house is very dog friendly with a lovely log burning fire and sky tv so very cosy in the evening.
    Jane M & Family
    May ~ 2015
  • Sally
    “Excellent cottage in superb quiet location” We thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Cheese House with our Cocker Spaniel. Characterful, cosy, well-appointed cottage in beautiful, tranquil countryside.
    Sally
    May 2015 ~ The Cheese House
  • Thomas, Harrison & Lloyd family
    Had a wonderful week.  Fantastic house. Beautiful walks, great weather, dogs loved it too.  We'll be back!
    Thomas, Harrison & Lloyd family
The Experience Môr Team
The Experience Môr Team
At Experience Môr, we exist to exceed expectations by offering an experience more than just a holiday. With the wild west coast of Wales as our backdrop, we embarked on an adventure, with a dream to share the uniqueness and beauty of this location. To mix simplicity and luxury, in order to offer sustainable lifestyle retreats of the very highest quality – with an added touch of character and our very own eccentricity thrown in for good measure. Our escapes offer modern elegance with traditional accents, creature comforts and the exhilarating outdoors.