With almost 300km of coastline, wild waves surging in from the Atlantic and miles of river valleys to explore, Pembrokeshire is a favourite destination for watersports enthusiasts. If you’re more experienced, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to places to enjoy your favourite watersport. And if you’re a total beginner, there are plenty of watersports providers around the coast who can kit you out and show you the ropes.
We had to start with this one as the sport actually originated on the soaring rock faces in the north of the county. It’s one of the most popular adventure activities in Pembrokeshire and a big hit with groups and families with older children. Obviously, it’s a sport that requires the proper protective gear and expert supervision, so you’ll need to find a certified provider. The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy, just seven miles north of Rhosson Ganol, is a prime spot for coasteering – it’s even been the venue for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. So, if launching yourself off towering rocks into the swirling surf sounds like your idea of fun, it’s definitely worth a try!
We get some of the best waves in the UK down here in Pembrokeshire, so it’s no surprise that surfers flock to the area every year. Whether you choose one of the bigger, more well-known surfing beaches or go our from one of our quieter coves, the waves here are awesome. If you’re a novice or are after somewhere for the kids to try a bit of body boarding for the first time, a lifeguarded beach with a calmer swell like Newgale is best for starters. For more experienced surfers, beaches like Freshwater West, West Dale and our local favourite Whitesands should give you the waves and the challenge you’re looking for. There are also loads of surf schools around if you want to hire a board or get some tuition.
Kayaking is a brilliant way to explore Pembrokeshire’s rivers, estuaries and stunning coastline. If you’re not too confident in your abilities or are a first-timer, river paddle boarding is a good way to get into the sport. It also lets you explore the county from a different perspective, through tranquil valleys out into sweeping estuaries. Sea kayaking is another beast entirely but equally good fun. With a kayak, you can reach places along the coast that are inaccessible on foot. You’re also likely to come across some of our local marine wildlife, like seals, dolphins and seabirds. Again, you can bring your own kayak and just choose an area to explore, or you can hire one and get some instruction from a local watersports school.
Stand Up Paddle boarding
Stand up paddle boarding is something that has increased in popularity over the last few years. Much like kayaking, it’s an awesome way to go exploring along the rivers and coastline. Popular spots are the river Teifi and its estuary in the far north of the county, and Pembroke and Saundersfoot in the south. And if your balance is really on point, there are even a few local providers who offer paddle board yoga sessions!
Why not give watersports a go on your Pembrokeshire holiday?
Wherever you are in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, you’re never more than 10 miles from the sea – so watersports are always an option if you’re looking for a day’s adventure. Not only that, our beaches and local waters are exceptionally clean. Obviously, for certain activities it’s best to be safe and do them under professional supervision. If you’re going it alone, make sure to follow the RNLI’s watersports safety advice.
You can search for a wide range of watersports providers around the Pembrokeshire Coast here.
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