Newport Beach


The Welsh name for Newport beach is Traeth Mawr which translates to Big Beach.  And it is. 

Massive in fact. 

Somewhere between a mile and a mile and a half from end to end, this is a great place to walk, rest or play.

This is probably the beach we visit more often than any other. And not just because it’s our nearest. One of the things we love about this one is being able to take the car onto the beach. Parking doesn’t get more convenient than that.

Dune backed…

…with views over to The Parrog and a little waterfall. What more could you want?

Right on the Pembrokeshire Coast path, it’s overlooked by Carn Ingli at the foot of the Preseli Hills.

This is particularly good hike if you’re looking for walks in Pembrokeshire that offer fantastic views of both coast and country.

Because it faces west, Newport beach is also a pretty good place to catch a sunset.  You don’t even have to get out of the car to enjoy them here.  

Newport beach is around 3 miles away from the centre of Newport in Pembrokeshire, and around 10 mins by car.

How to get to Newport Beach

Newport beach is near the the town of Newport in Pembrokeshire, which is about as far west as you can go in Wales.  It’s way beyond the Western end of the M4 but it’s very well signposted as you get closer.

From the East – Cardiff/Swansea
  • Take the M4 West to it’s end at Pont Abraham services and then the A48 to Carmarthen 
  • At Carmarthen take the A40 for St. Clears.
  • At the St. Clears roundabout take the second exit and stay on the A40 to Haverfordwest. Fishguard is signposted from here.
  • When you get to Fishguard take the second exit of the roundabout (on the approach to Fishguard) on to the A487.
  • At the Market Square roundabout turn left (first exit) which takes you through Lower Town, then on to Dinas and then Newport.
  • Drive through Newport. When you spot the Golden Lion Hotel and Llys Meddyg Hotel and Restaurant on your left, take the next turning left signposted Moylgrove, Traeth and Golf Club. 
  • You will pass over a bridge crossing the River Nevern.
  • Take the next turning left, then at a cross roads again turn left which will take you right down to the beach and car park.
  • Newport is approximately 23 miles from Haverfordwest (a drive of just over 40 minutes).
From the North – Aberystwyth
  • Take the A487 to Cardigan and stay on the A478 to Fishguard.
  • Having passed through Eglwyswrw, the next town is Newport.
  • As soon as you enter Newport, take the turning right signposted Moylgrove, Traeth and Golf Club.
  • You will pass over a bridge crossing the River Nevern.
  • Take the next turning left, then at a cross roads again turn left which will take you right down to the beach and car park.
  • Newport is approximately 12 miles from Cardigan (a drive of approximately 23 minutes).


As well as being able to park on the Newport beach itself there are also 2 Car Parks which overlook it.  Because of that we’ve never known space to be an issue here. Parking charges apply during the Summer season.  Getting here early (or late) is good if you’re visiting then.  We prefer Newport beach from September to March.  

Where to stay near Newport Beach

You can stay at the Newport Golf Club which actually overlooks Newport beach.  Views don’t get much better than this.

There are lots of other self catering options nearby as well as hotels, campsites and a Youth Hostel in Newport itself.  

More information about Newport Beach

With a couple of car parks overlooking the beach as well as public conveniences and a café serving ice cream Newport beach makes for an easy day out. 

There are plenty more options for eating and drinking just a couple of miles away in Newport and the the fantastic Cat Rock Café just up the road.

Newport beach tends to be the more popular of the beaches in Newport.  The others are The Parrog, Pwllgwaelod and Cwm Yr Eglwys.  Pwllgwaelod is a good place to start the circular walk around Dinas Head.

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9 thoughts on “Newport Beach”

  1. Enjoyed reading this post and looking at the marvellous photos. When I saw the headline I was expecting the post to be about Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, USA, where I spent four happy months, until I realised this is a different one. I must have passed through when I was 12, as I did the whole coastline of Pembrokeshire with my parents and sister back then, but can’t remember it. Great reason to return soon. It sounds and looks like an awesome place.

  2. Hi Ross, I can understand why Newport Beach is called the big beach. Beaches you can drive on are always fun, especially when you add ice cream. Beautiful views.

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