Marloes and St Brides
MARLOES SANDS One of Pembrokeshire's most impressive beaches, Marloes Sands is a good spot if you're seeking a measure of solitude, as it's rarely crowded. The colourful cliffs contain a complex mixture of rocks formed around 410 million years ago. They include the dramatic "Three Chimneys", layers of mudstone and sandstone which were up-ended to a vertical position by movements of the Earth's crust. The soft mudstone has been eroded, so that the harder sandstone layers stick out from the cliff face like buttresses. Take care bathing here, especially when the waves are big. Beware that some parts of the beach get cut off when the tide rises, and the cliffs are unsafe to climb.
The beach can only be accessed on foot, by a 0.6 mile footpath which leads from the road just before the car park or alternatively from a footpath which turns left just after the Youth Hostel. Car parking is available at the top of the cliffs in the National Trust car park for which payment is required for non-members. Toilets are available near the car park down the track towards the Youth Hostel. For further information see the Visit Pembrokeshire website. Also see Wikipedia.
Marloes Sands has been used as a set location in several films, most recently “Snow White and the Huntsman”. Have a look at this YouTube clip to see some of the filming taking place.
Please note the road up to Marloes Sands has been marked with yellow lines to keep
the road free of any traffic parking along this road. This includes parking within
the double yellow lines in the bay opposite the path down to the beach as this is
a turning area to allow emergency vehicles to be able to turn to get down to the
beach if needed. Please note parking enforcement officers could be in the area and
if you park on or within the double yellow lines then it is likely you will be booked.
ST BRIDES HAVEN St Brides Haven is an attractive little cove with sand at low tide, plus red rock, shingle and pebbles. It has interesting rock pools, safe bathing and good snorkelling. Facing north-west, it's sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds, and offers good views across St Brides Bay. The cove is named after a 6th century saint, Brigid of Kildare, and the small church above the beach is dedicated to her. An early Christian cemetery lies between the church and the beach, and stone-lined graves can be seen in the cliffs near the lime kiln at the head of the cove. Beside the toilets there is an old pump house which has been restored by Friends of the National Park and opened as an interpretation facility. Here you can find out about the history of the area and the St Brides Estate, and see the old pumping engine which supplied water to the castle. There is a moderate amount of car parking (free) and there are toilets. For further information see the Visit Pembrokeshire website.
MUSSELWICK (Locally pronounced Muss-lick) A fine beach of golden sand at low tide. Unfortunately, it's often completely submerged at high tide, and there's a risk of being cut off. The cliffs are also very unstable. However, it's a lovely and usually quiet beach, with good views across St Brides Bay to St Davids Peninsula. Musselwick Beach is accessed by means of a footpath which starts just outside the western edge of Marloes village. There is a small amount of parking by the road.
TIDE TABLES For access to these beaches it is important to know the predicted times and height of high and low water. Tide Tables are often posted at useful locations, such as at Marloes Sands car park. It is also possible to look at the tide table for a 7 day period on the Easytide website.
The local “What’s On” newspaper COAST TO COAST, freely available at many outlets, is also an invaluable source of information.