Our four-legged friends are some of the most treasured members of the family and the thought of leaving them behind while you head off on your holiday can often seem unbearable! Here at Quality Unearthed, we understand the joy they bring to your lives, which is why so many of our luxurious glamping abodes are dog-friendly. So, your search for a unique and quirky accommodation option to enjoy your holiday in can be ticked off of your list, but what about scouting out some paw-friendly walks in the area?
The beauty of the open ocean and wide expanses of sandy beach is a holiday highlight for many, and those who visit Wales will be pleased to hear, that with more than 800 miles of coast, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches that welcome your four-legged friends too. So, whether you’re blowing away the cobwebs on a brisk and wild winter walk, or you’ve packed a picnic and beach games and are preparing to set up camp for the day along the shores, there’s a bay for all interests.
Broad Haven (South)
West of Haverfordwest is the stunning Broad Haven beach. Sheltered by headlands on both sides, the expanse is relatively protected from the elements, making it perfect for those long summer days. At high tide, the beach appears just to be pebble, but as the ocean retreats, it reveals a vast stretch of sand, leaving plenty of room for visitors. There are dog restrictions on the beach from the 1st of May to the 30th of September, but the south remains pooch-friendly all year round! You’ll find two carparks nearby, as well as toilets and during the peak seasons there will be lifeguards.
Barafundle Bay is likely one of Wales’ worst kept secrets, and this is for very good reason. The undeniable beauty of the bay and multiple awards it has won makes it one of the top spots for both visitors and locals alike. It appears untouched by humans; the enclosing headlands are luscious and green, and the sandy shores can only be reached by foot – giving beach-goers the feeling of ultimate seclusion from the real world. This pristine piece of coast is dog-friendly all year around!
Due to the remoteness of Barafundle Bay, there are few amenities, so whatever you bring with you, you’ll have to also take back! The nearest car park is around half a mile from the beach, and the route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs as there is a large number of steps. The closest toilets and eateries are at Stackpole Quay or Stackpole village.
Whitesands Bay is one of the most popular surfing beaches in Wales and hours can be spent admiring the skills of those daring a dip in the cool waters. Whether it’s surfers, bodyboarders or kayakers, you can guarantee that when the conditions are right, there will be plenty of people enjoying the waves. Not only can you sit back and take in the show put on in the sea, but it’s also a great stretch of sand for walking your pup and the views on offer are outstanding. You can admire the panoramic scenes of the sweeping fields, craggy sea cliffs and open ocean, with the hill of Carn Llidi stealing your eye’s attention. There are dog-restrictions on the beach between 1st May – 30th September, although there are public footpaths surrounding the stretch of sand which offer equally as pleasing sights. There’s a small carpark, which can get busy during peak seasons and due to this, there’s a shuttle bus on offer. There are also toilets and a café, should you need to take a rest.
Nominated by The Times as the ‘UK’s No.1 dog-friendly beach’ Rhosilli is an exceptional spot for you and your pooch. Three miles of uninterrupted sand, where you can stretch your legs, and your four-legged friend can run, jump and socialise to their heart’s content! The views are other-worldly, golden sands back the waters and grey headlands are topped with the vibrant green of the grass. Included along this unique stretch of coast is the renowned Worm’s Head, although the route to the island may not be suitable for all dogs, it’s a stunning addition to the landscape. Rhosilli Bay is dog-friendly all year round, the beach is reached by steps so is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. There’s parking available with toilets nearby.
Where will you take your pooch during your Wales glamping break? We’d love to hear where your favourite dog-friendly spots are, get in touch with us in the comments below or via our social media channels.