Wales

Cefn Sidan - 2001

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West of Burry Port is a seven to eight mile long beach - Cefn Sidan, in Welsh - which is backed by dunes and woodland. Most people seem to be unable to walk more than a couple of hundred yards from the car parks which means that about 90% of the people use about 10% of the beach!

We stayed at the Caravan Club site at Pembrey Country Park, near Burry Port, in July and walked down to the beach each day. From the far end of the westernmost carpark, entrance at N51.6771° W4.3138°, there is a wide track heading north-west and parallel to the beach. After about 500 yards the track swings right and a narrow path continues ahead. Take this path and after a futher 1,000 yards or so, turn left and the beach is couple of hundred yards over the dunes. On more than one occasion we were able to strip off soon after entering the narrow path and continue our walk in comfort or to leave the beach nude and follow the path until dressing as we were getting near the car park.

For more about
Cefn Sidan,
including comments
from other users,
click this Post-it note
to see the
NUFF website.

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Gower - 1990>>>

Nicholaston Burrows is a area of sand dunes backed by woodland about one and a half miles north east of Oxwich. It is not so easy to get to as Whitford Sands. There are two free parking areas: one, the nearest, at N51.5756° W4.1279° and the other, on the opposite side of the road, at N51.5761° W4.1271°. From the first area, take the footpath that runs along the side of and then behind the row of houses and then bear left to walk down across fields and through woodland to the dunes, where you should be able to find yourself a quiet spot.

Another way is to park at Oxwich Beach - expensive - at N51.5578° W4.1636° and walk along the beach to the left until crossing Nicholaston Pill, a walk of just over a mile. There is a bridge over the pill, but the waters spread out so far across the sands that it is easy to stay on the beach. The dunes are then ahead of you to the left.

This is a popular holiday area, so discretion will be needed.

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Morfa Dyffryn - 1999

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Morfa Dyffryn is a wide sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, situated about halfway between Barmouth and Harlech.

We spent a week in August camping nearby with our three children. We stayed at Dyffryn Seaside Estate, a textile site, at N52.7863° W4.1183°, from where the naturist part of the beach was a twenty minute or so walk.

To see a very comprehensive website about the beach, places to stay and the area around Morfa Dyffryn, click here, or go to the NUFF website which has comments by other beach users.

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We also discovered Yerbeston Gate Farm Shop - N51.7473° W4.7948° - which produces the most delicious steak that we have ever tasted, before or since; quite a statement! The farm breeds Welsh Black cattle and the meat is hung in the traditional way to develop the flavour. In 2008 we holidayed in one of the cottages at Tything Barn, bought some more Yerbeston steak and - wondering if the romance of the first holiday in our caravan, the good weather and the open-air barbecuing had enhanced the flavour - found that it in January and cooked indoors it was still just as delicious. Before leaving we bought a box of meat to take home with us and have since taken advantage of their nationwide delivery service and had two more boxes delivered to home.

Click the image below for their website.

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Just strolling...

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