On Sunday, Danny went hiking up the Preselis with Scouts. We waved them off and then went off to explore the North Pembs area ourselves. We decided to pop to one of our favourite beaches, Newport Sands (Traeth Mawr), Pembrokeshire.
First things first, it’s free to park and there are toilets (I know that I always mention public toilets but I think it’s so handy to know when visiting new places with kids!).
When we first arrived I was struck by the beauty of the beach and gave myself a moment to take it all in. Meanwhile, Caitlyn and Izzy ran around loving the vast amount of free space. Rebecca, however, was slightly sullen at first. In Kevin the teenager style, she was “bored”. Luckily two minutes later she was running around happily too but it was a glimpse of the years ahead that we have yet to come. I am trying to let the kids take turns to bring a friend out with us for the day but as Danny had a friend with him at Scouts we already had the 7-seater full! Maybe I need to buy a bus…
The girls loved climbing up and walking along the top path of the sand dunes. I stayed on the beach as it has my favourite type of sand- the soft “Mr Whippy” style variety- I love it!
There were lots of friendly dog owners walking along the beach – and friendly dogs too- most people spoke to us and the kids, there was a lovely atmosphere. Caitlyn had a toy dog on her lead with her and she giggled as many of the dogs seemed to think he was real.
We found a tee pee style driftwood den and then followed the path along the golf course only to find another “den”- this time a tin shelter. Taking this path back gave us a good view of both the beach and The Sleeping Giant who lays on Carningli Mountain.
This walk took us back to the carpark, so we drove off to Fishguard to pick up some food for dinner. I’d packed a lunch for Danny but not for us for some reason!
Sitting by the dunes on Newport Beach always reminds me of beaches in France. The water is lovely to swim in when the weather gets warmer too. It’s a lovely beach all year round and during Winter is so magically photogenic with the reflections on the wet sand. Occasionally at very low tides the remains of a petrified forest can be seen.
I love the bright coastal houses overlooking the beach too- it is a lovely place and I can’t wait to come back soon!
A short video will be coming soon too!