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Newport Sands

Newport sands can be a great place for a whole range of water based activities.

Dog friendly?
Dogs are allowed year round. 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 Newport by bike with a Sustrans route passing through the village. It is also a National cycle hub so please check out the cycling link below for further info. The beach here is next to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. There is easy access onto the sand via a concrete slipway. By car a road signposted to the beach turns off the A487 on the eastern outskirts of Newport. This takes you across the Iron Bridge and on to another signposted turning. There's a large paying car park above the beach. Please don't park on the sand, as this creates vibrations which damage the dunes.

Site description
This popular beach on the north side of the Nevern estuary boasts a large expanse of golden sand, backed by dunes and a golf course. Swimmers, windsurfers and boats often share the water here, but it rarely gets uncomfortably crowded. Watch out for unpredictable currents in the mouth of the estuary, especially after heavy rains.

The beach is north-west facing and can feel somewhat exposed when it gets windy. However you can follow the course of the estuary round to the back of the dunes, which have been extensively restored by the National Park Authority, to find a sheltered spot. The estuary is a favourite haunt of seabirds and wading birds. Look out for herons near the Iron Bridge.

There are toilets including facilities for the disabled. A seasonal cafe and telephone. There is a slipway and golf course. Other facilities including restaurants, pubs, shops and accommodation can be found at Newport. The beach is cleaned. Please help keep Newport beautiful and use the facilities provided.

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

  • Seaside Award (Rural).
  • There are seasonal life guards at this beach.

Top Tips

  • Newport can become busy during the season, why not hop on the Poppit Rocket and arrive stress free?
  • Do not dig pits into dunes or dig under sand cliffs - sand collapses easily and can suffocate very quickly.

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.