At Tenby South:
Parking: There is a very small car park next to South Beach but it fills up very very quickly in summer. A privately run car park off The Esplanade has more space but if you arrive after 11am during the school summer holidays, head straight for the park and ride and use the free shuttle bus. Alternatively, park at Penally station and walk across the golf course.
Beach facilities: Deck chairs and ice cream van.
On shore facilities: Cafe and toilets on access to beach. Tourist information centre, numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants, many interesting shops and a good choice of hotels, caravan parks, B&Bs and self catering in Tenby.
Green Sea funding is enhancing access and improving facilities at a number of Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches. New wooden walkways will be built at Newgale Sands and Tenby South Beach, while notice boards and new signage will be installed at key destination sites.
Blue Flag Beaches
The Blue Flag is a certification presented by the Foundation for Environmental Education when a beach or marina meets its standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and the general environmental management criteria. The Pembrokeshire coast boasts twelve Blue Flag beaches which can be found scattered along the 187 miles of coastal paths - there are now over 45 Blue Flag beaches and marinas in Wales.
This prestigious, international award scheme helps tourists to find the best beaches and marinas in the world. There are now over 3850 awards given out to 46 countries across Europe, South Africa Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.
Green Coast Award
The Green Coast award is a symbol of environmental excellence, established as a way of acknowledging, promoting and protecting the natural environment of rural beaches in Wales. The award aims to celebrate beaches which meet the guideline water quality as set by the EU. The Green Coast award was piloted in Wales in 1998 following demand for recognition of rural beaches with guideline water quality but did not have the infrastructure required to meet Blue Flag or Seaside Award 'Resort' status.
Keep Wales Tidy presented the Green Coast Award to 51 beaches across Wales in 2012, with Pembrokeshire securing 15 of those prestigious titles. Awards are distributed and monitored every year, encouraging the local authorities to maintain or strive for the 'Blue Flag' or 'Green Coast' status of their coastline.
Most beach litter accumulates on the strandline, which is also a good location for wildlife. This material could be used to help people understand what they are seeing as they clear up litter. The highest point the tide reaches on a beach is called the strandline. Here, the tides leave behind sediments such as seaweed, dead plants and animals and, unfortunately, litter. Several strandlines can occur on a beach due to changes in the height of the tides. “Beachcombing” is the study of animals, or their remains, and other life washed up by the sea onto the beach strandline. Searching this strandline can be very rewarding. As well as clearing litter it’s possible to find all kinds of other bits and pieces deposited there from further out to sea.
Exploring rock pools can be a fascinating beach activity, especially for children. Check out the Seashore Explorer booklets published by the Countryside Council for Wales which give you points for spotting creatures, great fun!But please remember that rock pools contain living creatures, and their habitat is vitally important for their survival. So if you are going rock pooling, please follow these guidelines Return all rock pool creatures to where you found them Replace rocks and stones carefully if you turn them over Don't leave creatures in jars or buckets of water for any length of time Don't drop litter in rock pools
Why not buy a simple guide to coastal birds, and see how many you can spot ..... The most familiar birds to be seen from the cliff tops are razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars and various species of gull, as well as shags, cormorants and the rarer choughs and peregrine falcons. The rocky cliffs of the mainland and the offshore islands support large colonies of nesting sea birds with some of national and international importance. On the island of Grassholm, for example, there are around 32,000 nesting pairs of gannets with puffins and manx shearwaters nesting in large numbers on Skomer and Skokholm. Why not add your finds to the Pembrokeshire Birds blogspot
Learn more about Pembrokeshire islands
The All Wales Coastal path now takes in 870 miles of walking around our fabulous coast. Of course the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only coastal park in the UK, with its own long established Pembrokeshire National Trail amounting to some 186 miles. If you have a smart phone, you can also download the Wales Coast Path app.
With such a diverse landscape and 186 miles its difficult to select where to start! Either take a linear walk (point to point), leaving a car at either end of your selected walk, or pick up the Puffin Shuttle,Strumble Shuttle, Coastal Cruiser or Poppit Rocket to take you back to your starting point. Lots of bubble (circular) walks taking in stretches of the coast path and then some inland walking, are also great ways of exploring Pembrokeshire’s extensive coastline. Click here for timetable information and links to coast path walks
Pembrokeshire's coastline is sought out by visitors from across the globe with award winning beaches dotted along the 187 miles of the Coastal Path.
Green Sea funding is enhancing access to a number of its Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches. New wooden walkways will be built at Newgale Sands and Tenby South Beach, and notice boards and new signage will be installed at key destination sites.