Poppit Sands is a vast golden sandy beach on the west coast of Wales in Cardigan Bay, with large sand dunes at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary. The holiday cottage is right on the beach. Lifeguards patrol Poppit Sands beach between July and August. It is the start of the Pembrokeshire coastal path to Amroth which is some 180 miles along the coast. It is a blue flag (well ex blue flag this year!) bathing beach which ensures good water quality and is the town beach for Cardigan. Poppit beach offers a large flat open space idle for dog walking and beach activities, including rock pools on the western edge for added activities !
Morawel is a holiday cottage in Wales which is approached along a track about 100 yards long through the sand dunes and running parallel to the beach and stands in the Pembrokeshire National Park. The private track goes only to the 4 holiday cottages on the beach and there are just the 3 holiday cottages beyond ours.
The cottage at Poppit Sands consists of a large lounge and kitchen area. One end of which is a fitted kitchen with hob/oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. The lounge includes a TV, HD Freesat, Video and intergrated DVD platyer. The settee in the lounge converts into a double bed. There is one bedroom with a fitted wardrobe and cupboards and a double bed. The second bedroom on the front of the property has two single beds. The cottage can sleep a maximum of six people. There is a bathroom, with w.c., shower cubicle and autowasher-drying machine. There are night storage heaters which are ample even for the coldest weather. Pets are welcome. There is room for one car to park beside the cottage.
The cottage is cleaned between guests. Linen and bedding are provided (excluding towels). The water supply is mains water. The spot is ideal for young children as there is only 10 yds of lawn between the cottage and the sandy beach. There is a pub about half a mile away, and Cardigan town is 4 miles away with two supermarkets a swimming pool a small theatre and restaurants. Poppit Sands Caravan Park is about half a mile away.
From Cardigan you need to follow signs to St Dogmaels. Easiest way is from Cardigan bypass. From the traffic island where the A478 and A4971 meet take the exit into Cardigan and drop down the hill. Just before you reach the bridge over the river turn left (Eagle Inn on the corner). Follow this road into St Dogmaels and up the high street. At the top of the high street turn right (its not really a turn as thats the way the road goes, but it is a 90 degree bend and is signed to Poppit). Follow the road out of St Dogmaels parallel with the River Teifi for about 2 miles. You are now in Poppit! Carry on past the car park on the left and drive past the lifeboat station on the right. About 10 yds past the lifeboat station you go straight on, although the road turn’s 90 degrees left. You are now on an un-made track. Follow the track for about 200yds and you arrive at Morawel. Ignore the no parking signs past this point !
Weather and surf information for Poppit can be found at MagicSeaweed
There are number of coastal walks starting in and around Poppit Sands that take in some of Pembrokeshires fantastic rocky coast line. The beach having vast expanses of sand at low tide is popular with kite boarders and the gentle slopping beach is ideal for learning to surf and general playing in the waves in a safe(ish) way. The Poppit Sands cafe is about 400 yards away selling light refreshments and snacks and the village of St Dogmaels has a general store which is open 7 days a week.
There are lots of outdoor pursuits centres around catering for white water and sea kayaking, surf schools , bike hire , coasteering and horse riding. There is a comprehensive tourist information point in Cardigan with all the local and not so local attractions, which will keep anyone busy for weeks.
My very amateur video of Poppit Sands beach is here, showing the size of the beach and the exact location of the cottage to it.
Poppit Sands Caravan Park or Cardigan Bay Park as I think its now known as can be found at this link which offers some great facilities and is pretty close to the beach. Why not visit our links page to see some other interesting places to visit or read about. If you would like to advertise related content on our site then please drop us an email (neil at poppit-sands.co.uk) for rates
Beach Activities at Poppit Sands
Visitors who come to Poppit Sands are encouraged to visit not just only for a quick dip in the beach water, but also for the fantastic and fun activities that can be enjoyed with the whole family. While all these activities can be found on almost any beach within the United Kingdom or worldwide, there is a unique essence from which they can be explored at Poppit Sands, this essence represents itself through the tranquility, peacefulness and overall beautifying aspects that make Poppit Sands a unique destination to create meaningful memories from these activities suitable for all ages and families.
The first and most popular activity at Poppit Sands is surfing. Surfers from all over the United Kingdom, Europe and other places around the world come to Poppit Sands for large and translucent waves that guarantee to catch everyone’s breath away. One unique aspect about Poppit Sands is the ability to find large and small waves during different seasonal periods. Surfers who enjoy large and wide open waves for a thrilling experience can visit during its respective season from May to August. Surfers who want a tranquil surfing experience can visit Poppit Sands during October to March to practice dynamic surfing techniques.
Those tourists who are new to surfing do not have to worry at all to enjoy a great surfing experience with on-site surfing lessons and helpful guides. An equipped surfing team is dedicated to teaching surfing for all ages during various times of the year, ensuring a great and dynamic way to learn how to surf in both large and small waves. Most tourists learn how to surf very rapidly and practice several surfing techniques during the course of one day.
Another popular activity at Poppit Sands is kite boarding, which consists of using a kite in order to glide over snow or ice. The force of the winds during the winter at Poppit Sands is suitable for a great kite boarding experience. Winter permafrost at Poppit Sands is also an ideal condition given its hilly terrain and the numerous places where visitors can kite board and glide over an extensive landmass of ice for superior thrilling experiences.
Given that kite boarding can only be practiced during the winter time, tourists are also welcomed to feel the great experience of land boarding, which consists of using the kite to land on regular terrain. The summer season at Poppit Sands is the best time of the year to practice land boarding, given that the vast and hilly terrain can capture magnificent views of the entire area while land boarding.
Visitors are encouraged to try both kite boarding and land boarding during the two different seasons to really experience the meaningful difference between the two thrilling sports. For tourists who have already experience kite surfing, kite boarding and land boarding will fulfill the desire to experience more thrilling adventures drastically opposite climates and seasons.
Enthusiasts of swimming or even constant swimmers can take advantage of the great activities regarding open water swimming, which mainly consists of swimming in an open ocean against the current in a calm environment dependent upon weather and tide factors. Open water swimming can be practiced individually or in groups within a competitive setting. There are many open water swimmers who engage in competitions, tournaments and contests year-around, encouraging this fun activity for all visitors who would like to try out open water swimming in the ocean surrounding Poppit Sands.
Various organizations within the United Kingdom have also created several surf lifesaving clubs which are meant to be present at all coastal areas with surfing activity. Surf lifesaving clubs encompass voluntary lifeguard services and professional surfing sports. These clubs are organized and constantly monitored to ensure an adequate and safe environment for all surfers in the United Kingdom. The Surf lifesaving club also represents major organizations for the enthusiasm and teachings of surfing lessons to those interested in learning more about surfing.
Another great activity to enjoy and practice at Poppit Sands is bird watching and photographing. Summer is the best season of the year to take photographs of birds and picturesque landscapes surrounding Poppit Sands. There are a vast number of native species to Poppit Sands and migratory birds who travel from Wales to colder and warmer areas of Europe every season. Bird watching and photographing is a very relaxing experience that captivates many natural characteristics of the surrounding environment across Poppit Sands.
The last activity to take into consideration when visiting Poppit Sands is fishing. There are many boats available on-site that can be rented for short or long periods of time, these boats are suitable for fishing in the open ocean in front of Poppit Sands where fishers can find anything from small bony fish to large cartilaginous types of fish. Even though fishing is not perceived as a very popular or enthusiastic type of activity at Poppit Sands, it is a great way to relax, enjoy the views of the open ocean and spend quality time with friends and family.
Visitors who are planning to come to Poppit Sands are highly encouraged to try out all these wonderful activities that will surely create meaningful memories. Poppit Sands is unlike any other beach or coastal area in the United Kingdom, fully surrounded with magnificent landscapes, breathtaking views and comfortable places to stay overnight.
Shops, restaurants and numerous common services are also available across Poppit Sands, ensuring a high degree of comfort and excellence for all individuals and families. The tranquility, relaxation and beautiful factors of Poppit Sands make it a unique destination spot within the United Kingdom and within Europe as a whole. Tourists are highly encouraged to visit Poppit Sands to experience all the activities mentioned and to nurture themselves with amazing views to the open ocean in a calm setting full of amenities and comfort.