Abereiddi or Aber Eiddi
Abereiddi beach is famous for its black sand full of tiny fossils. Abereiddi nestles in a sheltered bay. It's one of Pembrokeshire's pebble backed storm beaches. All the pebble banks, like the one at Newgale, were created by a huge storm in 1859. Nearby is the Blue Lagoon, a flooded slate quarry regarded as an important geological feature. Abereiddi is on the northern coast of St Davids Peninsula, about 5 miles away from St Davids itself. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path passes the beach. The walk from Abereiddi to Porthgain is one of the best stretches along the entire coast path.
Picture: Abereiddi Beach
The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi is reached via a pathway past ruined quarry buildings and slate workers' cottages. The path is good enough for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The Blue Lagoon is also a magnet for those involved in coasteering, whilst the beach is perfect for other activities such as fishing and kayaking and seal watching in the autumn.A sand and shingle bay in an outstanding coastal setting famous for its Blue Lagoon, a flooded slate quarry that is regarded as an important geological feature.
Picture: The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi
Behind Abereiddi beach are several old cottages. The car park at Abereiddi has been created by artificially building up the foreshore and filling in the gap. The supporting structure may be removed in the future to allow the beach to return to its natural state. Much of the land around Abereiddi belongs to The National Trust.
Picture: Cottages at Abereiddi
Picture: Abereiddi in winter
There are plenty of small camp sites and caravan sites nearby. There are some quality B&Bs and hotels in the vicinity and in nearby St Davids. There are plenty of self catering cottages all across the St Davids peninsula, including some of the cottages on Abereiddi beach itself.
Abereiddi beach has a Green Coast Award and a Seaside Award (Rural). The Green Coast award is similar to a Blue Flag Award but for rural beaches. Blue Flag status requires extensive facilities such as lifeguards, dog controls and refreshment facilities as well as the highest level of water quality. Green Coast beaches like Abereiddi have the same level of water quality but because of their rural location, don't have many of the facilities on the shore. The beaches are just as good but they aren't spoilt by unsightly development.
Traeth Llyfn beach between Porthgain and Abereiddi.
This superb low water beach can only be accessed via the coast path. A metal staircase has been built to allow you to get down to the water's edge. Someone has written "Happy Xmas" on the beach which could be a giveaway in terms of when the picture was taken but look closer at the fields. Would there really be newly baled straw at Christmas?
ID: 1972 Revised: 18/5/2012