The Locals' Secret
Location: Cardigan Bay -23miles 40 mins drive
Penbryn is owned by the National Trust and is almost a mile in length. The spacious, golden sands are backed by a dune system and cliffs with caves accessible at low tide. The beach is managed by the National Trust and is in a rural and unspoilt location with the option of a beautiful walk through a fern-clad valley from the car park.
The National Trust car park has toilets and the Plwmp Tart Cafe and you then walk downhill to get to the beach (there is a small charge for car parking). It is around 1/4 of a mile down the road or take the beautiful woodland walk from behind the cafe. This is longer at 1/2 a mile and is steep in places but is totally enchanting! The shady path suddenly opens up to the wide expanse of the beach and the sound of the waves, a lovely approach.
There is a turning circle and dropping off point at the beach edge for disabled visitors or those who don’t want to walk down, but this area must be kept clear for any emergency vehicles – cars must be parked in the car park.
The beach is great for walking and there is a cave to explore at the right hand side of the beach if you visit at low tide. At very low tide there is another beach further around the headland, but beware as there is no other way to get off this cove so if the tide turns you could be stranded!
The Wales Coast Path leads from the beach in both directions and offers gorgeous views across the bay. The remote location and lack of light pollution make this an ideal spot for stargazing in the summer months – Penbryn Beach is a designated Dark Skies Discovery site and dusk is a great time to see seals and barn owls in the area.
Penbryn’s Claim to Fame is that it was used for a scene in the James Bond “Die Another Day: movie! You can see why in the clip below – it looks stunning.