We recently visited Wales and spent a couple of days exploring the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire coastline with Elsa...
This is a delightful place where there are beautiful pastel coloured buildings surrounding a picturesque harbour. Unfortunately all of the beaches have dog restrictions between May and September so after a lovely walk around town we decided to continue on our journey...
The majority of this 7 mile beach is dog friendly, although it is owned by the Ministry of Defence so all public access is restricted in certain areas! The beautiful, smooth and flat surface of this beach has been used as a track for car and motor cycle races for decades and several world land speed records have been attempted, set and broken here.
We started our second day in South Pembrokeshire with a visit to the seaside resort of Saundersfoot. There are lots of shops, cafés and restaurants here but dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September so we walked around the harbour instead and enjoyed an ice cream before heading on to our next destination.
The beach at Amroth is a combination of (very large) pebbles and sand. Although there are certain restrictions, dogs are allowed on part of Amroth beach all year round and it was lovely to see so many of them running around and enjoying themselves. The Pirates Restaurant is dog friendly so we stopped here for lunch.
Our final stop was Laugharne where there is a beautiful castle. Sadly the grounds are not dog friendly though, which was very disappointing. We took a short walk around town and found the former home of the poet Dylan Thomas, but Elsa was more interested in the Lhasa Apso that lived opposite!!
Life's a Beach
One of the reasons that we visited this area was the lure of being beside the seaside... but we should have done a bit more research because the beach restrictions were very frustrating!
While we were there, we did find a very good website called Dog Rover (dogrover.co.uk) that has lots of helpful information about where and when dogs are allowed on beaches in Pembrokeshire. We will probably schedule any future visits between October and April so that we don't have the same issue again...
Luckily, the closest beach to The Corran Resort & Spa was Pendine Sands and we enjoyed visiting this beach the most because it was clean, quiet and peaceful. Overall, we had a lovely couple of days and Elsa had lots of fun so it was a very successful trip!