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Exploring the Welsh Coast - one beach at a time

13th October 2020 | Finding Our Adventure
Autograph 69-2 at Black Rock Sands

We love the flexibility of a motorhome for adventure. We are travel content creators and being able to park up in incredible locations for sunrise and sunset and have the comfort of a Bailey motorhome at hand is fantastic.

We started our Welsh adventure on the south coast by visiting Three Cliffs Bay. We walked from the car park in Southgate along the cliffs before the bay came into view and boy was it worth it. The cliff formations and the golden sand make for a stunning view.

 

We spent a few hours photographing the beach, relaxing and walking before heading back to the van and driving a little further across until we reached Rhossili which is a big beach overlooked by cliffs where you can park in the National trust car park. The views from the cliffs above are definitely worth the visit and we even watched a beautiful golden sunset before returning to the warmth of our Autograph 69-2 motorhome.

 

There are so many beaches along the coast that need to be explored but we had to pick and choose what we hoped would be the best in the time that we had. We decided our next stop would be Tenby. I had visited here once before when I was in primary school and I was keen to see what I remembered. North Beach is beautiful and has great views of the town. We also loved castle beach and the views from castle rock above. The town itself has a beautiful old medieval wall surrounding it and feels like a pirate film set.

Autograph 69-2 parked up overlooking Rhossili

The next day we drove to Stackpole where we parked and then walked to what became our favourite beach of the trip, Barafundle. If you have never been then you will be blown away by the beauty of this beach. The old stonewalls lining the cliffs above to the trees that grow right down to the beach and the golden sand dunes and turquoise water. It is possibly the perfect British beach. We walked along the coast and explored Broadhaven South and its famous Church Rock. We ate lunch here before returning to Barafundle to sunbathe for the afternoon and capture some photos before finding a campsite for the night. We ended up staying at St Petrox Camping, which is a lovely little campsite with an old church looking over the pitches.

The next day we drove down a military road to a carpark to explore the Green Bridge of Wales and the sea stacks there. There is a number to call to see if the car park is open as it is a firing range. We called both numbers several times but had no answer so we decided to risk it and it was open. You will be greeted with a magical coastline full of little coves and we even found baby seal pups!

Cliffs between Barafundle and Broadhaven

We then drove north and stopped for the night at Treath Mwnt which is a nice little cove overlooked by cliffs and a large hill and the beach itself is golden sand. It is also a great spot for sunset and the campsite is a perfect spot to get up early to explore at sunrise.

Our journey to Northern Wales saw us pass through the beautiful resort town of Barmouth which is a perfect holiday destination for families. We were on our way to Black Rock Sands where you can drive onto the beach itself. It was the perfect place to photograph the motorhome with mountain views in the background.

Unfortunately overnight camping is now banned on the beach as a small minority used the sand dunes as their personal toilet. We left the beach after spending the day there and made our way into Snowdonia National Park for the evening as we knew a great spot to park for the evening so that we could watch the sunrise over the mountains. During our entire trip we had been very lucky with incredible warm sunny weather and we hoped we would get a clear sunrise the next morning. We woke up and walked about a mile in the cold and got to the location to watch as the sun crept up above the mountains in the horizon. It was a great start to the day before having breakfast and a warm shower in our Bailey Motorhome and carrying on with our journey.

Jonny and Hannah enjoy visiting beaches as featured in our '50 Best Beaches Guide'

We left the mountains and the epic drive through Snowdonia in the beautiful sunshine made us excited for the next part of our adventure where we would be visiting the Llŷn Peninsula. There were several beaches such as Abersoch and Porthor but the relatively unknown Porth Lago was our favourite. You can walk to it from Porthor but we decided to camp at Porth Lago campsite which is part of a working farm. The campsite is directly on the cliffs above the beach and it is an amazing place to spend the day.

Our final destination of our trip was to visit Anglesey and Newborough beach. The forested area and beach is one of the most peaceful places we have ever been. We spent the morning walking in the forest as the warm morning sun made us feel like we had escaped to a remote part of North America. After lunch we relaxed on the golden sand beach before watching the sunset over the tiny old lighthouse on a small rocky outcrop. It was the perfect way to end our Welsh adventure and we have definitely added more places to our list of Welsh gems that we will be back to explore.

Enjoying a sunset over Treath Mwnt