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 Loughor Estuary
River Loughor
The most popular area for the locals are the greenbanks on the Llanelli side of the river.  But visiting anglers tend use the sand on both sides of the river - bottom fishing in between the road and railway bridges.  Winter can be exellent for the flounder, best bait being the local harbour ragworm.  Summer fishing for bass, mullet, or flounder try bottom or float fishing.   Beware the crabs can be a pest when the water is warmer.

The only method of fishing to be used here is a plain leger with a first choice bait of mud ragworm.  Failing these lugworm should produce good catches.  Two hooks is the simplest form and will catch many fish.  Keep both hooks below the weight so that they are on the bottom at all times.  Do not wade out as this could be dangerous should you step into a gully/pill and very often the flat fish will be behind a long distance caster.  The fish here move in with the tide as it creeps shoreward, 2lb flounders have been caught in 5 inches of water.   At the right time of the year catches can be very good with heavy bags taken.  Average fish size in some parts are over 2lb.  Favorite bait is soft crab, ledgered close to the bottom.  Regular species include: flounders, dabs, some plaice, bass, mullet and during the winter whiting (if cold enough).  Not so regular: turbot, brill, codling, scad, mackerel, sewing.

 
 
 
 
The Loughor Estuary is a premier flounder venues producing enough fish over 3lb and even 4lb each year to keep even the most demanding specimen hunters interested. Green Banks located on the Llanelli side of the estuary down river from the famous railway bridge at Loughor consists of a series of grassy banks that flank a mile or so of estuary and which for a period over high tide provide comfortable and safe fishing amidst pleasant surroundings. Apart from first class flounder fishing from summer through to the late autumn the bass fishing here can be excellent. Mullet silver eels and sole can be caught during the summer and early autumn. The whiting fishing during the autumn and winter can be very good.

Bunches of a dozen or more harbour rag are the top bait for flounder and will catch most other species. Peeler crab is another highly productive bait that certainly increases an anglers chances of catching a bonus bass or two. Frozen strips of mackerel are the best bait for whiting.

Neap to mid-range tides produce the best results that is tides up to about 8.5m with the best time to fish being from about three hours before to two hours after high water. Avoid fishing following heavy rain as too much dirty fresh water flowing down into the estuary spoils the fishing.

As is always the case so far as flounder are concerned the addition of brightly coloured beads and flashing spoons to your rig will help attract fish with locals favouring various permutations of a paternoster rig incorporating long flowing hook lengths. Try to use a lead light enough to allow the tide to gently roll it across the bottom.
 
Main Species
Flounder, silver eels, bass, mullet
Recommended Baits:
Peeler crab, worms, shellfish.
 
 
 
 
Llangennech
 
We start out looking at the marks of the upper reaches of the estuary on the west bank of the river at Llangennech, where there are a number of nice marks along the grassy banks of the foreshore. The tide comes towards you when fishing the bank facing Loughor Bridge in the distance. There is a good bend in the river to your right which can produce some nice flounder late in the year.
 
The is another mark which is found by walking to the end of the narrow road to an outfall pipe and about 200m past the pipe is a nice sandy beach where the river runs away from you. Fish this mark on lowish tide height, 8m and when high water is about 13:45, with the tide starting to reach the pipe at 12:45 and stopping about 14:10, some 30min longer coming up the estuary. Fishing is useful for some 3.5 hours under these conditions.
 
A third mark is in the area around the electricity pylon. Walk down the lane on the right hand side of Heol y Parc road, follow this down to the foreshore, then cross the railway track and walk along the bank to fish alongside the pylon.
 
Species: flounder, bass, mullet, eel.
 
 
Ty Coch - Red House
 
Further down towards the bridges is Ty Coch.  Go down Pencoed Isaf Road, down a narow lane to the railway track (limited parking). After parking, taking care - walk across the railway track. In front of you and down to the right should be a deep gully, but the best fishing at Ty Coch is to the left, about 500m, where the bank slopes to the water, inline with the 'Roman Walls' on the opposite side of the river.
This is a neap tide venue, with best fishing about mid water tide 7m, and around a couple of hours either side of high water, from October to the end of January. It is an easy mark with a small bank offering some protection from the wind. The railway track is just behind you at this point. Flonder is the main species along this stretch of the muddy estuary, try 2 rods with harbour ragworm on an anti-tangle paternoster type rig.
 
INA/Bynea Area
 
Flouder fishing is this mud/sand part of the estuary. Good place to start youngsters fishing along this stretch, safe and easy, and a good chance for them to catch a fish later in the year.
Try some mullet fishing in summer months at low water ubder the bridges. Float fish into the poolsusing harbour ragwaorm, with a light river rod, and small fixed spool reel loaded with 5lb breaking strain line, tiny barrel swivel, some split shot or similar, float, with size 4 or 6 hook.
 

 
 
Loughor Boating Club
 
Moving to theeast side of the river above the bridges we have the marks around the boat club.

 
Loughor boating club is just upriver of Loughor bridge in the Loughor estuary. The mark is easy to fish with car parking very close-by.

The ground here is primarily muddy with odd rocks and boulders. At low tide there is a narrow gully which remains full of water - fish do wait here at low tide and can still be caught. 
Best fishing generally occurs during the very early parts of the flood and then again over top water. Crabs can be extremely troublesome in the estuary during the warmer months.

The bass fishing at this mark is fairly reasonable, peeler crab baits find the better fish (if you can avoid the eels) but generally the bass here are a small size with vast shoals of school bass using the estuary as a haven from the open sea. The estuary has been setup as a bass nursery area and so boat-fishing is banned between May and September around this part of the estuary.

The flounder fishing can be absolutely brilliant generally after the first few frosts. Fish over 2.5lb in weight are not uncommon and this estuary is a strong contender to challenge the welsh record flounder title. Fish peeler crab baits or bunches of ragworm to sort out the flounder. Better sport is in winter time. 

There are some very large competitions through the autumn and early winter - big bags of flounder are commonplace though the fishing can deteriorate just after the competitions for a few days. Rainwater also kills the fishing so if it has rained a lot avoid the estuary.

Mud ragworm can be dug here but the beds arent extremely extensive and the digging can be hard at times. Peeler crab can be found amongst the scattered rocks.
Best rigs for the flounder would be a simple 2-hook paternoster. Long snoods generally work well with a small bomb lead - just heavy enough to slowly drift across the seabed.

Avoid fishing here on mid-high tides. The water rushes through here much too fast bringing with it all sorts of debris and weed. Best fishing is had on small neap tides.
 
During the summer months the mullet shoal up in the large pools left here and underneath Loughor bridge at low tide. The mullet can be caught using very light float tactics or even saltwater flyfishing. Anglers will also catch bass using these methods as an added bonus!
 
 Go to the rear of the boating club, past the factory, if still there, and park at the end before the gate. Walking along the top of the bank to the right for for some 300m, fish into a steep gully, best on a low tide, below 7m, because of the fast tidal race in the estuary.  Anything above it becomes difficult to hold bottom, and lots of weed on occasions.
 
In the Broad Oak area park down where the old colliery used to be. Walk to the right along the grass bank to the end, then down the sand bank and across the gully. This gully fills as the tide comes in, so cross here in plenty of time, fishing is good along this stretch during winter. Walk along the shoreline past the remians of an old woodland until you come to the ruins of the 'Roman Walls'.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loughor Bridge Area
 
Walk down towards the water, then left and through the tunnel under the railway and look for the outlet pipe with a stony area to the right. Winter fish for flounder at low water.  In the summer mullet fish amongst the railway bridge supports with bread flakes, size 4 or 6 hooks on 5lb line. Chances are you'll lose some tackle but you must use light gear for more chance of success, also try harbour ragworm. Crab can be troublesome in the summer months. To the left of the outlet pipe are mud flats, here you can dig for ragworm amongst the pills & mud.
 
 
The most popular area for the locals are the greenbanks on the llanelli side of the river. Fishing the sand both sides of the river bottom in between the road and railway bridges in winter can be exellent for the flounder, best bait being the local harbour ragworm and in summer bass mullet flounder bottom or float fishing. Crabs can be a pest when the water is warmer. One of the top flounder rivers in south-west Wales.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Cockleshell Island
 
 
Fish to the right of the electricity pylon with the tide coming towards you up the esturay. Fishing off a bank of stones, casting onto the mud/sand. There are a lot of stones to the left of the pylon. Also try futher round to the left along the sand bar gulley. Flouder are the main species, best on lowish tide. Crab can be collected amongst the stones at low water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Green Banks
 
A short walk takes you to the start of the Green Banks which run in a westerly direction for about a mile.
 
 
 
Go over the stile and across the railway track and walk straight out to the estuary, crossing the main pill by way of a large outfall pipe. Sewerage treatment close by. The best time to fish the green Banks is October to January for mainly flounder with some bass, mullet and eels.
Easier fishing on a low tide, able to hold bottom, fast tides race up the estuary.
 
Machynys Bay and Beach
 
        Machynys Beach                                           Machynys sunsets                     
 
Machynys, or Machynys Peninsula is a coastal area in south Llanelli,
 
 
 
Llanelli Marks
 
The town of Llanelli once a busy commercial port is situated on the northern shoreline of the Lougher Estuary. In recent years a lot of the regenerative work has been focused around the old town dock which is in the process of being transformed into a smart sailing lake and marina complex. Access to the docks is now hugely improved and it is adjacent to here that you will find Llanelli Beach. With excellent parking a superb little cafe and toilet facilities, one of the most convenient angling venues in the area has now been created.
 
 
Llanelli beach, breakwater and North Dock
 
                 Llanelli Beach Fishing                                       Llanelli Breakwater
 

Llanelli Bay Earth
Llanelli Beach - The Millennium Coastal Park is blessed with several stretches of golden shoreline including the Llanelli Beach. For many years the beach was a well kept secret known only to people living in the locality but the creation of the Coastal Park has made it a popular destination with visitors from near and far. Llanelli Beach is adjacent to the Park Centre and stretches approximately a mile along the northern shore of the Loughor Estuary. It is overlooked by the Discovery Centre and the stunning Seaside Promenade.

Llanelli North Dock, excellent for Bass and Flounders. Baits; Blow Lugworm, Crab and cockles. The Llanelli breach often has coloured water so it is advisable to use on your rig coloured beads. There are a number of good casting areas with sand and shingle. It’s worth moving and explore the ‘hot spots’ which vary to the time of year.

Tides
For much of the time the tide is well out leaving just the deeper drainage channels with enough water to fish in though for the better part of three hours either side of high water it is possible to fish but a few yards away from your parked car. Even when the tide has ebbed back from the beach itself the main channel is but a few hundred metres away.

The fishing tends to be most productive during neap to mid-range tides with the three hours over high tide generally producing most fish. There is always the chance of catching fish in the low water channel though it is generally when the flooding tide spills over and starts to cover the inter-tidal mud and sand flats that most fish are hooked. Walking out towards the channel to fish at low water is not too much of a problem though boots will be needed and in a few areas the mud is quite deep. The biggest problem occurs as the tide breaks out of the channel and in a few places starts to back fill and can quickly cut off your retreat from the beach. Consequently it is not recommend for unaccompanied junior anglers to fish beyond the safety of the beach.

Species
Like so many other estuary venues in south-west Wales flounder are the dominant species especially throughout the autumn and winter when huge shoals of whiting often join them. Throughout the spring and summer the flounder fishing can still be good though attention invariably swings to bass and silver eel's with the chance of fine mullet fishing for those anglers prepared to specialise.
 
Bait
The best bait by far for flounders is bunches of harbour rag or mudworm which should be fished off long flowing traces. Expect to bait up with upwards of a dozen of these little worms to create a tempting bunch of bait. Many local flounder specialists incorporate various beads spoons and sequins into their rigs.
Harbour rag will also work well for all of the other species caught here too though peeler crab can have the edge for both bass and silver eel's. If it's whiting you are after then look no further than small thin strips cut from either fresh of frozen mackerel or herring and fish over high tide at night preferably during cold settled frosty conditions. Blow lug can be dug locally between the channel and the beach and these also produce plenty of fish.
 
Rig
So far as the most effective rigs are concerned both fixed paternoster and running ledgers work well. Hook lengths should be long to provide the best bait presentation. One of the big advantages with fishing this venue is that long range casting is certainly not necessary indeed many fish are caught by anglers fishing within 40 yards of the beach some even half that distance. A useful tip if fishing here is to use a flat sided lead just light enough to allow the tide to very slowly drag it across the bottom.
 
Pwll
 
                       Pwll Beach                                                            Pwll Bay
 
Pwll is a muddy venue but can be quite productive for Dabs and Flounders. Best to fish 6.5 metre tide. Baits; lugworm, mussels and peeler crab.
 
Burry Port
 
Located on the northern side of the Loughor estuary, a few miles to the west of Llanelli and opposite the North Gower coast, Burry Port harbour and the adjacent shoreline is being transformed into a smart marina complex. 

Over £8 million has been spent on converting the old tidal harbour into a modern marina with water levels being controlled by an automatic tidal gate. As a result there have been some silting issues but one benefit appears have to been a new beach covering what was once mud flats, making Cefn Padrig a popular destination for day trippers.

The harbour breakwater is one of several venues that is both popular and productive with shore anglers.

Try the West Pier, past the lighthouse, On the East pier fish from the slipway. During the summer months species include Bass, Mullet and Flounders .Baits; Mussel, Crab and Lugworm. Winter Fishing here is also very productive with Codling & Whiting.

A NEW £500,000 breakwater is being created at Burry Port Harbour.

The work will extend the west pier of the 1832-built harbour by 135 metres using 20,000 tonnes of boulders.

Two walls of massive boulders, weighing up to a tonne each, will protect a central, impermeable core, channelling receding tides and sands from the harbour entrance.

This vital work, if successful in keeping the entrance channel clear, will lead to a bid for European money to carry out more works to ensure the future viability of the marina and its fishing fleet. The new breakwater is replacing an old construction outside the 176-year- old harbour.


 

SPECIES

Autumn and winter is the most productive time of year for flounders. Bass are another Loughor speciality, which along with the likes of eels, mullet and dogfish, are most prolific throughout the summer and autumn. Whiting and a few codling make up the bulk of most catches throughout the winter.

BEST BAITS

Peeler crabs will catch all species, though bunches of harbour ragworms, known locally as mud worms, are best for flatties. Float-fished live sandeels or prawns are effective for bass, with strips of fish being the best bait for dogfi sh, whiting and dabs. Lug are best for codling.

TACKLE

A bass rod capable of casting up to 4oz is the ideal rod for use throughout the estuary, with a two to three-hook paternoster being the rig of choice for most local anglers. For flatties, a size 2-4 Aberdeen-type hook is perfect. Freshwater float tackle is perfect for mullet, but you need to groundbait for the best results.

GETTING THERE

Exit the M4 at Junction 48 and follow the A4138 towards Llanelli, then head towards Burry Port. Go along the A484 turning left into the town, then follow the road over the railway line towards the harbour.
 
 
Amroth
 
Following on from the coast cliffs and beach marks in column 2. Amroth is our fianal shore mark.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amroth Beach is situated just to the East of Saundersfoot and West of Pendine. The area is a great beach fishing location with easy access and a beach where anglers of all abilities can enjoy good sport. The fishing is done from the large shingle at the top of the beach on to relatively clean ground out in front of you. There are rocks to the extreme west of the beach and the usual micro species can be caught here as well, making it a great little spot to take younger children with a small spinning rod or something similar.
 
Amroth is a south-facing sandy beach and is noted for catches of flounder and bass. Approaching the seafront you will see, on the corner, free parking and a toilet block. 

There is easy access from here down onto the sandy beach via a concrete slipway. The beach to the left has a bank of large stone 'shingle' which is not comfortable to either walk on, stand on, or climb, for that reason many will fish from the slip or fish at low tide when fishing is more comfortably done standing on flat sand. Catches seem to be about the same at any state of the tide. If heading west, take care not to be cut off by the tide amongst the rocks.
The fish to be targeted here are flatfish and bass, mullet can be caught and according to season, smoothhound and gurnard put in an appearance. Dogfish are probably ever present. 
Long casting is not required, fish can be very close in, when fishing a rising tide the water moves in rapidly on big tides so a short cast will soon be a long cast if you do not recast often. When fishing a dropping tide at night you can end up a way down the beach from your kit, some reflective tape on your kit can help in finding it again.
 
     Amroth, Looking east, water just reaching the bank.          Amroth, looking back towards Saundersfoot, the slip in  
                                                                                                                               the background
 
 
 
Amroth, fishing from the shingle
 
 
 
Amroth sea front (photo courtesyof bluesurf.co.uk)
 

Pembrey - Cefn Sidan
Pembrey Old Harbour

The old harbour perches right on the edge of the estuary with panoramic views across to Gower, Carmarthen Bay and southern tip of Cefn Sidan. The harbour was built in 1819, during the coal mining boom but suffered from silting issues and was replaced by Pembrey New Dock (Burry Port Harbour), a few decades later.

Cefn Sidan is an eight mile long, award winning beach that forms part of Pembrey Country Park and is Wales’ longest beach, renowned for its fine sand and a favourite of sun worshippers, swimmers, walkers and anglers. The beach has many different water and beach sports including sand yachting, swimming, sea canoeing and fishing, kite flying and parasailing. Safety is paramount on this beach and an area has been zoned off for these activities, allowing others to relax in peace.

Cefn Sidan, not only is it the longest beach in the county but also offer fantastic fishing. With such a long beach it’s worth contacting local tackle dealers as to the latest information on what fish are running and type of bait to use. Plenty of parking but you have a long walk to your selected fishing ground Baits; Black Lugworm, Razor fish, Cockles, Mussels and Whelks. Species; Bass and Flounders. You don’t know what to expect during the summer even tope can be caught.

 
 
One of the classic Welsh storm beaches, fishes best following a good onshore blow with reasonable surf and a tinge of colour in the water.
 
 
 
Main Species: Flounders, bass, dogfish, a few silver eels, golden-grey mullet.
 
Recommended Baits: Harbour rag, black lug, razorfish, cockles, butterfish, clams, sandeel
 
 Season: Flounders from October to New Year and into spring and summer, bass in spring, autumn and early winter. Spring and summer for other species.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Use of Pembrey beach by by MOD
 
Carmarthen Bay Estuary. Contact Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park. Tel: 01267 267511. Species: Bass, Flounders and Mullet. Baits; Black Lug worm, Cockles.
 
 
Carmarthen Bay and coast line
 
 
Stephens Bay. A fast tide runs up the Gwendraeth Channel. Fish at Low tide. Look for peeler crabs, cockles and black lugworm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferryside, has a diverse number of good fishing areas. This is a tidal area with the river Towy running from the estuary. Species: Bass, Flounders.
 
Try parking at the Yatch Club.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferryside and Llansteffan
 
 
 
 
Llansteffan
 
The beach here is ideal for the family. Fish to the left of the main car park, about 500 metres, here there is a stream running in to the sea, take care as the gully is very muddy. There are always good runs of Flounders and Dabs. During July the Bass start to run. Peely crab and lugworm are productive. There is a free car park, public conveniences, tea room and Fish & Chip take away.
 
 
Llansteffan has earned itself a well deserved reputation over the years for being a hot spot for bass and flounder fishing. Every year bass to 12lb and flounder to 2-3 lb are caught at marks around the village at all states of the tide. Many fishermen have their own reasons for picking a particular location but if the truth be told most spots from The Tywi Boat Club  and Pilroath down to Werle Pt. have produced remarkable and regular fish throughout the years.  You could also try parking by the toilets underneath the castle, walk to the shore to fish in front of the castle for bass.  Use a 2 hook paternoster with rolling lead, or grip if the tide running.
 
Popular spots
 
 
 
Pilroath ledges and Pilglas (The Tywi Boat Club)
 
Both marks fish well at high and low tides a great number of large bass being taken on spinners and lures at low and high tide.  Maddies, lug and king rag work well here, but for big bass there's nothing better than live soft or peeler crab.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Front Car Park along the Green
 
This is the most convenient and therefore most popular mark of all. One can park the car within easy walking distance of a suitable pitch and fish the hours that suit you. Flatfish will be the main catch here although large bass and mullet are regularly caught here also. Fishes particularly well on the back tide. For baits see above. Again spinning for flatties at low tide can be very productive towards late summer and the autumn. Flatfish of 2 – 3lb are relatively common here during the autumn.
 
Y Gegin Tach - First Steps
 
Here is easy access from the path above but care should be taken on the rocks themselves. Again flatties will be the main catch here with the occasional bass. This is one spot that can be easily fished back from the low water mark to high tide. On these beaches it is not unusual to see anglers taking flounder well into diouble figures especially during autumn and early summer.
 
Second Steps and Scotts Bay
 
Very good fishing to be had here from the rocks or the beach with bass very much to the fore. Occasionally towards late summer on the higher tides both bass and mackeral can be caught on lures from the rocks.
 
Scotts Bay. Walking to the right of Llansteffan Beach you will need a high tide to fish in deep water. Try fishing when the tide is on the turn. Here it has a sandy bottom. The Taff estuary can be fished around from Scots Bay but take care as there are a number of channels which require caution. Flounders can be expected and Bass when running during late June and July. Baits; black lugworm, peeler crabs even strips of Mackerel will catch.

There are places one can fish on neap tides to high water but you must get local knowledge to do this. All around Y Werle bass abound and at low tide, if the river Taf has remained on Llansteffan side for this particular year, then the rocks in mid-river on Werle point can yield double figure bass from spinner and lures. Another fish which is found here in their thousands is the grey mullet and fantastic sport can be had here with a fly rod. But a word of warning – be careful and watch the tide! Do not let it get behind you so make your way back towards Scotts Bay as soon as tide makes strongly.

Bait

This is always a matter of personal choice, but for bass soft and peeler crab are king although local stocks are being depleted greatly by commercial pickers. Unfortunately this also appears to be happening with the local lug. At the moment there are plenty on the beach but steps must be taken soon to stop the commercial diggers who are becoming a problem. Of course frozen or fresh mackerel will take fish throughout the year.

 
 
Cockles and Mussels: With the re-emergence of the cockle beds in recent years both of these baits are proving especially popular to catch flatties, so if your bait looks like running out make sure you’ve picked a few handfuls of them to keep you going in emergency!!
 
 
Fishing year
 
 
 
Llansteffan fishes well all year but comes into it’s own during the summer and autumn when the bass arrive well inshore in great numbers and the flatties feed voraciously ready for breeding over winter. The winter months will provide flatties, and since the estuary is a protected bass breeding area, even the occasional bass. Whiting are here in numbers throughout the winter and the occasional codling will always be caught also.
 
 
 
 

 
 
Ginst Point, which has access to the river Taf Estuary. This is a well known venue for Bass fishing on spinner or bait. As this is a restricted area, you can only fish after 4 pm week days and at weekends. Ginst Point is accessible through Brill Gate when the Range is NOT operational and the red flag is not flying . Public access is permitted if the automatic gate is open. For your own safety, and that of others, please DO NOT attempt to cross the gate if it is closed. Please contact the security police on 01994 452310. They will also advise on parking close to the beach. This beach eventually connects with Pendine beach.
 
 
 
Pendine beach 
 
 
 
One of the classic Welsh storm beaches, fishes best following a good onshore blow with reasonable surf and a tinge of colour in the water. Also well known for its car racing. It is a popular fishing beach for experienced anglers and casual visitors.Access to the beach is from the village at the western end and Ginst Point from the East.
 
Species:  Here there are always good runs of flounders, bass, dogfish, a few silver eels, dabs golden-grey mullet. During July the Bass start to run.
 
Baits: Peely crab and lugworm are productive. Harbour rag, black lug, razorfish, cockles, butterfish, clams, and sandeel are recomended.  Frozen baits from the tackle shops will also do well.
 
Season: Flounders from October to New Year and into Spring and Summer. Bass in Spring, autumn and early winter. Spring and Summer for other species.
Several migratory fish species, such as the twaite Alosa fallax and allis A. alosa shads, as well as river Lampetra fluvialis and sea Petromyzon marinus lampreys, make use of these inshore waters and approaches to the estuary. Common scoter Melanitta nigra, for which Carmarthen Bay as a whole is of national importance, sometimes utilise areas close to shore.


 
Pendine beach and foreshore are owned by the MOD and are classed as part of the Land Danger Area. During normal operational hours (0800 hrs to 1615 hrs) and on some weekends throughout the year when the Range is active, the beach area may be cordoned off. The prohibited area is clearly marked with cones, flags and a public safety sign, warning of the Danger Area.

If you would like to know if the beach is open to the public please contact Pendineinfo@qinetiq.com or check the weekly forecast.

 
 
 
 
Pendine sands is a flat 7 mile long beach in Carmarthen Bay and is well known as the site where Malcolm Campbell and J.G. Parry-Thomas set the world land speed record five times between 1924 and 1927. 


The beach stretches from Gilman Point in the west to Laugharne Sands in the east. It is a sandy, straight beach backed by a belt of sand dunes and there are clear views across Carmarthen Bay to the Gower peninsula and Tenby. The beach is used by the Ministry of Defence and access is allowed on days when the range is not in use which is often the case at weekends and on Bank Holidays. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Pendine Sands and Ginst Point provide a haven for a wide variety of birds including Greylag, Shelduck and Golden Plover.
 
 
The village of Pendine is situated near the western end of Pendine Sands and is home to the Museum of Speed which is dedicated to the land speed record attempts. Entry is free and it is located right on the beach entrance with ample parking.
 
Car parking: There is free parking in Pendine village and managed parking on the beach.
 
 
 
 

Food: Pendine village has a good variety of eating places for a resort of its size. There are a couple of good pubs, an off-license, post office, a few gift shops, several cafes and fish & chip shops along with some more up market restaurants.

Toilets: There are toilets and disabled toilets near the beach.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The follwing are tidal sea cliffs and more difficult to access.  The beaches are usually only accessible at low tide, so be careful.  The fishing conditions, species and baits are very much the same as described above.
 
Dolwen Point
 
 
     View towards Gilwen Point                View towards Pendine Beach
 
 
  
 
Gilman Point
 
 
 
                  Gilman Point                                              View from top of Gilman Point
 
      Gilman Point from Morfa                                   Gilman Point view to Pendine
 
 
 
  Ragwen Point
 
 
 
 
 
       Ragwen Point from Gilman Point                 Ragwen Point - Morros Sands to the left
 
                                                Ragwen Point to Gilman Point
 
Morros sands
 
 
 
 
Morros Sands view East
 
 
Telpyn Point

Situated just off the more famous Pembrokeshire Coastal path the point is easily accessible and enjoyable. There is no direct access to the beach. The nearesr town is Marros yet many anglers do not venture around the cliffs.

Telpyn Beach is more popular with the few sun bathers and beach lovers with many people flocking to a flat, smooth jut of rock that forms the divide with Marros Sands.

On the other side of the rocks is the two mile stretch of golden sand that makes up Marros Sands. The beach is greatly affected by the tide with the beach only walkable the entire length when at low tide.
 
 
   Telpyn Point & Beach to the west                        Telpyn Beach &Morros Beach
 
                  Telpyn Beach                                         Telpyn & Morros Beach area
 
 
Amroth (Continued from column 1)
 

 
 
 
 
 
If fishing from the shingle bank a big bait dropped in close to where the sand meets the bank can pay off with a bass. If there are garfish or mackerel about a pop-up rig* may catch them.

Best baits here are worms and fish-baits of various kinds; mackerel, gar, sandeel will all find fish... the beach is sometimes littered with razor shell so razorfish would seem to be a good bet.

There are shops pubs and cafés along the seafront within easy walking distance, there is a bigger car park a little further down the road if there is no room on the corner.

A *pop-up rig is a running leger trace perhaps 3 or 4 feet long with the addition of a small float ( usually a 12mm floating bead or two ) a few inches from the bait to 'pop-up' the bait into mid water and away from the crabs; this rig does not work well in strong tidal flows as the drag of the current forces the float down to the bottom.

Summer Species: Bass, flounders, mackerel, garfish, sole, mullet and dogfish

Winter Species: Whiting, flounder, codling and rockling

Bait: Mackerel, ragworms, sandeel, peeler crabs and squid

Tactics: During the summer months fishing close in with worm or fish baits is a good tactic for targeting the bass, lures can also work in low light conditions. For the mackerel and garfish try float fishing sandeel strips or fishing them just off the bottom using floating beads or something similar. During the winter months the odd codling is caught as well as a lot of whiting. Use peeler crab and lugworm for the best results on a one up one down style rig. Standard beach fishing gear will suffice here as the ground is fairly clean along the whole beach.

Parking:  There is parking available very close to the beach and access to the beach can be obtained by using the local slipway.
 
 
 
 
 
Amroth Beach