Pembrokeshire Coast Part 2: Middle

Marloes Sands

The ‘middle’ section of the Pembrokeshire Coast contains more amazing scenery and is home to St David’s, the smallest city in the UK!

Chris, Steve, Yvey, Clare and Matt en-route to Marloes Sands

With its wide expanse of sand and interesting rock formations the stunning Marloes Sands was one of my favourite beaches. The beach is a mile or so long and is remote meaning you need to walk for around 10-15 minutes in order to reach it. We had parked in the National Trust car park in Marloes village and followed signs that lead to the coast path and the beach.

The beach was clean and litter-free and provided another opportunity for Chris and Steve to have a swim.

We visited at low tide which enabled us to see the full expanse of beach with its jagged rocks exposed. At high tide the beach virtually disappears, something to take into account when planning a trip there.

Picnic lunch on the beach
Cliffs at Marloes Sands
Three Chimneys

Fossils can be found on Marloes Sands beach and you can also spot the ‘Three Chimneys’ pillars made from sandstone and mudstone.


Close to Marloes Sands is Dale, a small village of just 205 inhabitants. But it does have a pub with a garden that overlooks the sea! This was a welcome addition to follow our time on the beach!

Broad Haven
Broad Haven

Another Broad Haven… this Broad Haven is located near to St Brides and Marloes Sands. We had a walk along the OK beach and sat on the above rocks for a short time… until we realised the tide was coming in and we didn’t want to get cut off!

St Davids Cathedral

St Davids is named after St David, the patron saint of Wales. Technically this small town is a city as defined by its huge cathedral! The cathedral dates back to the 12th century. We didn’t go inside however spent a pleasant hour sitting outside in the sunshine in the Bishop pub’s garden.

Caerfai Beach

Situated close to St Davids, we had another picnic and spent a pleasant couple of hours on Caerfai Beach. This was a fairly small beach and we ate our lunch while sat on the rocks as the tide was coming in!

Caerfai Bay


Solva is a small and popular village with pubs and restaurants. We parked on the harbour front which I would guess is busy during the summer months. You can walk along the harbour path or have a drink or a meal in the Harbour Inn.

Whitesands Bay

Finally Whitesands Bay is said to be one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire. We only saw it once and were incredibly lucky to catch the sun setting on the horizon.

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