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Newgale Beach

Newgale is great for a wide range of water sports where the large expanse of sand is perfect for a long walk or jog.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the centre 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. Bagged dog fouling can be placed in ordinary site litter bins.

Getting there
You can get to Newgale by bike with the Celtic Trail passing through the village and right by the beach. The beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. Access to the beach is over the pebble bank. There's an easy-access walkway as far as a platform on the top of the pebble bank at three points on the beach but this does NOT go down the seaward side to the sand. By car the Haverfordwest-St David's road (A487) runs alongside the northern part of the beach; the narrow coast road from Broad Haven branches off the A487 and runs alongside the southern part. There are three car parks that span the length of the beach with disabled parking available in each.

Site description
A sweeping expanse of sand, over two miles (3km) long, backed by an impressive pebble bank. At high tide, the beach is often completely submerged. Take care when exploring either end of the beach, as you may get cut off by the rising tide. Newgale faces west and is therefore open to winds from the Atlantic. It's popular with surfers, windsurfers, kayakers and anglers, as well as beach-goers. The pebble bank was formed by rising sea levels at the end of the Ice Age, and includes pebbles from the St Davids area and further afield, carried south by the Irish Sea ice sheet.

The preserved stumps of a drowned forest can sometimes be seen off the northern end of the beach at low tide. Coal was mined at Newgale as early as the 15th century and the ruins of a colliery, marked by a tall chimney, overlook the southern end of the beach. The Brandy Brook, which reaches the sea here, marks the western end of the "Landsker Line", the Norman defensive line which still marks the historical linguistic boundary between Pembrokeshire's Welsh-speaking north and English-speaking south.

Facilities
There are toilets including facilities for the disabled. There is a telephone, cafe, public house, camping, activity centre, shop and surf/beach hire is available. The beach is cleaned daily and litter bins are provided. Please help keep Newgale beautiful and use the facilities provided.

Byelaws
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.

Beach awards

  • Blue Flag
  • Seaside Award.
  • This is a Marine Conservation Society recommended beach.
  • There are seasonal lifeguards at the north and south ends of this beach.



Top Tips

  • Why not have a go at lowering your carbon footprint while in the park and hop on the Puffin Shuttle?

Seasonal RNLI Lifeguards are present at the following beaches:

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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.