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Dog walking on a deserted beach is one of the many pleasures of living in West Wales. Most beaches in West Wales are dog friendly for most of the year. Out of season, it is a special treat to seek out a favourite stretch of sand. It is the perfect time for you and your furry friend to welcome fresh air and exercise. There are plenty of stunning beaches to choose from. From tiny quiet bays, huge expanses of sand, easy to get to and ‘a bit of a challenge’. So here are our 4 favourite beaches for 4 legged friends.

Newport, PembrokeshireNewport Sands (or Traeth Mawr – Big Beach) is almost a mile of flat sand stretching across the bay. Park at the beachhead and enjoy the wide open space with views towards Mynydd Carningli (The Mount of Angels) which sits above the town.  Afterwards, head into Newport where there are plenty of pubs and cafes for a welcome hot chocolate or a bite to eat.

Poppit Sands – North Pembrokeshire – almost on the border with Ceredigion, Poppit Sands is one of the most popular dog walking beaches. At the mouth of the Teifi Estuary it is a lovely sandy beach with dunes and plenty of space, so despite its popularity, it never seems crowded. Park in the beach car park and afterwards try Mor Ffein, the famous fish and chip shop in St Dogmaels village.

Freshwater West – near Castlemartin in South Pembrokeshire the beach is surrounded by sand dunes and the area is home to many types of seabirds, seals, otters and the occasional dolphin. Head inland to the pub at Hundleton or on to Pembroke for refreshments.

Barafundle – voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain this secluded bay backed by sand dunes and pine trees with limestone cliffs at each end is perfect for your best friend.  After a good walk, take tea at Stackpole Quay or head along the coast to Tenby.

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