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Pembrokeshire's Cleanest Beaches

The Beaches section of 'Pembrokeshire - a personal guide' describes the beaches in Pembrokeshire, one by one. Click on the link to the right for a full index of listed beaches.

This page summarises the annual reports of the organisations that monitor water quality and cleanliness of Britain's beaches. See below to find the cleanest beaches in Pembrokeshire.

Marine Conservation Society - Good Beach Guide 2010

A report from the MCS released in May 2010 lists beaches and the results of their water quality test. In line with their general findings on British beaches, more Pembrokeshire beaches were upgraded than downgraded.

Improved beaches were: Abereiddy Bay, Amroth, Broadhaven, Gelliswick, Little Haven, Nolton Haven, Poppit Sands (W), and Westdale.

Downgraded beaches were: Aber Mawr Bay, Goodwick Sands, Porthselau, and St Brides Haven

The full results for Pembrokeshire beaches are shown below:

Aber Mawr Bay: Basic Pass
Abercastle: Not tested (2009 Pass)
Abereiddy Bay (slipway): Rec'd
Amroth: Recommended
Barafundle Bay: Recommended
Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy: Rec'd
Broadhaven (nr H'fordwest): Rec'd
Broadhaven, South: Recommended
Caerfai Bay (St Davids): Rec'd
Coppet Hall: Recommended
Cym-yr-Eglwys: Guideline
Dale: Recommended
Druidston Haven: Recommended
Freshwater East: Recommended
Freshwater West: Recommended
Gelliswick (Milford): Basic Pass
Glen Beach: Recommended
Goodwick H'bour (S): Not tested (2009 Rec'd)
Goodwick Sands: Fail
Little Haven: Recommended
Lydstep Haven: Recommended
Manorbier Bay : Recommended
Marloes Sands: Recommended
Martin’s Haven: Recommended
Monkstone Beach, nr Tenby: Rec'd

Newgale Sands: Recommended
Newport Car Park Slip: Not tested
Newport Sands (N): Basic Pass
Newport Sands (S): Not tested
Neyland Slip: Not tested
Nolton Haven: Basic Pass
Penally: Recommended
Poppit Sands (E): Not tested
Poppit Sands (W): Pass
Porthselau: Guideline
Priory Bay, Caldey Is: Rec'd
Pwllgwaelod: Basic Pass
Sandy Haven: Basic Pass
Saundersfoot: Recommended
St Brides Haven: Basic Pass
Swanlake Bay: Recommended
Tenby, Castle: Recommended
Tenby, North: Recommended
Tenby, South: Recommended
Waterwynch Bay: Basic Pass
Watwick: Not tested (2009 Rec'd)
West Angle Bay: Recommended
Westdale: Recommended
Whitesands, St. David’s
: Rec'd
Wiseman's Bridge: Basic Pass

NOTE: The beaches are categorised as Failing if they fail the EC statutory minimum, Basic Pass if they pass it, Guideline if their water quality is good. The cleanest beaches, where the water quality is high and there is good sewage treatment.are classed by the MSC as Recommended.

Blue Flag Awards

In 2010, Blue Flag awards went to thirteen Pembrokeshire beaches.

The Blue Flag scheme works towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services. Here are the cleanest beaches in Pembrokeshire. More information from the link below.

Broadhaven North
Coppet Hall
Newport Sands

Poppit Sands
St. David’s, Whitesands
Tenby, Castle
Tenby, North
Tenby, South




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