Enjoy Pembrokeshire

Poppit Sands

Poppit can be a great place to go windsurfing, fishing, canoeing and widlife watching.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the Western part of the beach between May-September. Please be a responsible dog owner. There is a responsibility for dog owners to clean up after their dogs on the whole of this site.

Getting there
You can get to Poppit by bike with a history and beaches route passing through. The beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. There is easy Access to the beach via a wooden walkway from the car park. By car Poppit is at the end of the B4546, which branches off the A487 just south of Cardigan. There's a large National Park car park by the beach, with parking fees in summer.

Site description
A large sandy beach at the mouth of the River Teifi, backed by dunes. Facing north, it's sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds. Being close to Cardigan, it's a popular beach and can get busy in summer. There are unpredictable tidal and estuary currents which can make bathing dangerous, so follow warning signs and lifeguard flags if swimming here. The sand dunes and nearby mud flats are very fragile ecosystems, so please don't walk across eroded areas. On the eastern side of the dunes, erosion has formed sand cliffs over four metres (13 feet) high.

Take care near these, as they may collapse. New dunes are building up close to the access boardwalk. The dunes have been conserved by the work of National Park volunteers but the vegetation is easily damaged. Poppit is the most northerly beach within the National Park. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts (or finishes, depending on your direction) just down the road at St Dogmaels, though many walkers pick up the path at Poppit. There are good views across the Teifi estuary and you may see bottle-nosed dolphins offshore.

Toilets including facilities for the disabled are available at Poppit. There is a cafe, telephone and lifeboat station while shops, pubs and accommodation can be found in the surrounding area. The beach is cleaned and litter bins are provided, please help keep Poppit beautiful and use the facilities.

Pembrokeshire County Council Bathing Water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach. These include a speed limit. PCNPA Byelaws apply to the whole of the foreshore on this beach.

Safety advice

  • Do not dig pits into dunes or dig under sand cliffs - sand collapses easily and can suffocate very quickly.

Beach awards

  • Blue Flag
  • Seaside Award (Rural)

There are seasonal lifeguards at this beach.

Top Tips

  • Why not help lower your carbon footprint while in the park and arrive here on the Poppit Rocket?

Seasonal RNLI Lifeguards are present at the following beaches:

Healthy You

The health benefits of beaches are almost endless and there are over 50 around the Pembrokeshire Coast, many of them award-winning.


Health terms

RNLI message

  • Wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach.
  • Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
  • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them - this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone. If you get in trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
  • If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard or, if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.