Marloes Sands

Marloes has a huge expanse of golden sand stretching for over a mile at low tide.

The beach is backed by cliffs with interesting rock formations making it a geologist’s dream. Low tide reveals rock strata that divide the beach up into numerous little bays and rockpools can be found at the western end of the beach.

If you climb over the rocks between the beach and Gateholm Island at the western end you will discover Albion Sands, a perfect little sandy beach. The beach is named after the paddle steamer Albion which ran aground here in 1837 carrying a cargo of pigs and whiskey! At low tide, you can see all that’s left of a wrecked ship sticking out of the sand; its prop shaft.

Scenes from the Hollywood film “Snow White and the Huntsman” – featuring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart – were shot here in September 2011.

At high tide, the beach can disappear altogether so if you’re planning to visit, check out the tide times to make sure you’ve plenty of sand to play on and always be aware of the incoming tide.

Parking

At the National Trust car park ½ mile from the beach. Charges apply but free to National Trust members.

Facilities

None.

Onshore facilities

The nearest facilities can be found beside the car park on the way to the beach. Runwayskiln is a coastal cafe serving lunches, teas and coffee with of course cake!

Toilet facilities are available beside the cafe.

Other options are available in Marloes village which has a pub, restaurant and café/bar. There is also a selection of B&Bs and self catering accommodation as well as campsites.

  • Bathing
  • Beware Currents
  • Car Park
  • Cliffs
  • Green Coast Award
  • Phone
  • Rocky
  • Sandy Beach
  • Sea Angling
  • Seaside Award Beach
  • Toilets

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I can highly recommend Pembrokeshire - it has everything for a great holiday!

Valery Collins, Experienced Traveller