"Pembrokeshire has the world's best beaches" - says Kevin Rushby, who set out with his daughter and a vintage VW campervan to find the ultimate stretch of shore.
"Now we were approaching our destination: West Hook Farm on the Marloes peninsula. This proved to be the best campsite we visited: basic but clean facilities, loads of space, and a glorious clifftop panorama. We jumped into wetsuits and ran 500m along the cliff path to reach Martin's Haven. This is a tiny stony cove best suited to snorkelling and rock-pool exploration. We swam out along the east side and were rewarded by a view of a big edible crab scuttling between the kelp. He evaded our hungry fingers".
Marloes Sands - just a half-mile walk from the nearby car park to this magnificent National Trust managed beach, but it’s worth it for the crystal-clear water and dramatic sandstone cliffs, the views of outlying islands, the fossils, rock pools, surf and space. There is good safe bathing when the weather is calm.
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.
Musselwick is just outside the village of Marloes. The beach is completely submerged at high tide but a fine beach of golden sand is exposed at low tide. Access is by footpath across a field and then a fairly tricky path cut into the rocks of the low black gulley that leads on to the beach.
The best time to visit is an hour or two before low tide, which gives you plenty of time to explore. Well worth the effort to see and enjoy this wonderful beach.
A pretty cove with bright red cliffs. It has interesting rock pools, safe bathing and good snorkelling, popular too with canoeists exploring the inlets and caves along the coast. Plenty of rock pools will keep budding explorers happy for hours. Look out for the stone lined coffins exposed by coastal erosion in the cliffs by the lime kiln.
Nearby is the St Bride's Estate with attractive parkland that surrounds the Victorian "castle" which once belonged to the Barons of Kensington.
Approximately a ten minute walk from the campsite is Martin's Haven. This is where the boat departs to the bird islands of Skomer and Skokholm. Skomer Island is open from 1st April to 30th September. The boat goes everyday (weather permitting) except Monday unless it is a bank holiday. The boat departs from Martin's Haven at 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.00 noon.
If you’re looking for a dive site where only the marine life comes in crowds, Trevor Rees from Dive Magazine suggests a shore dive from Martin's Haven that has an unspoiled charm and plenty to see.
One of the benefits for divers visiting the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve is the resident team of Marine Conservation Officers, all marine scientists and divers. If you are just visiting the Haven then take some time to visit the marine reserve display on the way down to the beach, there are many interactive displays of the amazing marine life to be seen.
Skomer Marine Conservation Zone
In 2011 National Geographic Magazine
voted Pembrokeshire the second best coastal destination in the world.