Penally Beach is an undeveloped stretch of sand, backed by dunes, on the southern Pembrokeshire coast. At low tide, the beach links to the more popular Tenby South and Castle Beach. The beach itself is mainly sandy with occasional shingle.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the Wales Coast Path pass adjacent to the beach, and Penally Beach is popular with dog walkers throughout the year.

From the beach, there are views across Carmarthen Bay towards Caldey Island, which lies approximately one kilometre offshore. This rocky island has been inhabited since the Stone Age and contains several interesting archaeological sites as well as being rich in flora and fauna. Today the main inhabitants are a group of Trappist monks. During the summer months, small boats ferry day-trippers to the island from nearby Tenby.

Free parking with toilets can be found at Penally Railway Station. From here, a pathway leads past the golf course to the beach although this pathway is closed when the adjacent MOD firing range is in use.

Penally Beach is a 5-minute level walk along a tarmac footpath from Penally railway station. The station has a small (free) car park and toilets. The upper shore is of sand backed by low dunes and a golf course, and the lower shore is sand and small rocks. Penally beach is usually a perfect place for sea-shell collectors.

At the southern end is the headland of Giltar Point where you can follow the steps up to the coastal path onto the headland and visit Giltars Point itself, you can visit the extreme tip of Giltar Point, but beware this involves some clambering and minor exposure at one point.

Strong currents between the point and Caldey Island induce a rip current here, and swimmers should avoid this end of the beach. Dogs are allowed at all times.

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Penally, Tenby, SA70 7LP, United Kingdom

  • Dravin
    January 29, 2021 at 4:26 am

    Penally Beach is ideal for picnics as there are no shops or cafes in the immediate vicinity. The car park for the beach is quite small and can fill quickly in the summer months.

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    • Around Tenby
      February 4, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      Good stroll to South Beach though, if you fancy stretching your legs to get a bite to eat

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