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Published August 8th 2017
Escape to the seaside
You won't find many beaches in the UK to match Newgale's two-mile stretch of golden sand, that attracts kite surfers, sea kayakers, surfers and body boarders.
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Newgale beach, Pembrokeshire
In the warmer months, these leisure seekers are joined on this idyllic West Wales beach by families enjoying the more traditional pastimes associated with the seaside, such as building sand castles, beach combing and swimming in the Atlantic. There is plenty of room for everyone, however, so the beach is never crowded.

Backed by a high pebble bank that forms a natural
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A kite surfer off Newgale beach
boundary between the beach and the road, Newgale has achieved Blue Flag status for a number of years, and dog walking is restricted to a certain part of the beach during the summer months, to maintain its child-friendliness. There is also a lifeguard on duty during the summer to ensure everyone stays out of trouble in and on the water.

Ample parking is provided adjacent to the beach for a small daily fee, along with public toilets, and there is a nearby family-friendly pub,a café and a surf shop
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The surf shop at Newgale
where you can hire kayaks, surf boards, body boards and wetsuits from about £5/hour. If you've never surfed and fancy a try, beginners' and improvers' lessons are available from £35 for 2.5 hours, or if you prefer a three-hour kayak tour exploring the local coastline, the charge is £58. The shop stocks all manner of gear to help you enjoy your visit or stay.

Plan your day around low tide and high tide – ask for tide tables at the shop – otherwise you could find yourself with no beach to walk on. Kite surfers tend to wait until the tide is out before launching themselves on to the waves.

Weekenders can camp at the
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The pub and campsite at Newgale
Newgale camp site just across the road from the beach, which at £7 per night per adult and £3 per night per child, is a popular option with families on a budget. Caravans and dogs are not permitted, but campervans and tents are welcome. There is also a selection of B&Bs, guesthouses and self-catering cottages in this part of the Pembrokeshire National Park, for those who'd rather not camp.
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Why? Fantastic beach for surfing, kayaking, kite surfing
Where: Newgale, Pembrokeshire National Park
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