Pendine Sands Carmarthenshire South Wales, Speed beach is a seven-mile beach based on the shores of Carmarthen Bay. It stretches west to east from Gilman Point to Laugharne Sands. There’s a reason why this beach is so popular and that’s because there’s something for everyone here! From relaxing on the beach with an ice cream in hand to kayaking in the sea on a hot summers day.
Pendine Parking and Accessibility
Pendine Parking and Accessibility - the parking spaces are subject to availability and we suggest arriving before peak hours. Blue Badge holders get one hour of free parking once a parking ticket has been purchased. The sea front has two disability spaces, which are next to the toilet block (which has facilities for people with disabilities). which also has disability facilities.
Pendine is accessible for members of the public with limited mobility however there are some uneven floor surfaces. The beach has a ramp which wheelchair users can use to access the beach. There are benches and places to sit along the promenade. This would be the perfect opportunity to grab some ice cream and watch the day go by.
Public toilets can be found around the beach.
Lifeguard services are provided throughout the summer months. Dogs not allowed between the slipways May - September. Please note that these services are subjected to change.
Pendine History - surrounding the beach are wild cliff paths which were used in World War II as practice sites for the D-Day landings The Ministry of Defence acquired Pendine Sands during World War II and used it as a firing range, to this day the beach is still owned by the Ministry of Defence, who use it as a part-time firing range.
This site is also home to historic land speed records. In the 1990’s, the sands were used for car and motorcycle races because the beach has such a firm surface and cars could hit record breaking speeds. Motorcycle Magazine once described it as, “the finest natural speedway imaginable”.
Fast forward a few years and the Ministry of Defence acquired Pendine Sands during World War II and used it as a firing range. To this day the beach is still owned by the Ministry of Defence.
Pendine Beach, Speed Beach - is seven miles of heaven…. quite literally! This spacious sandy beach can be visited all year round. The beach is well-maintained and has stunning views in all directions. The beech is surrounded by cliffs, rock pools and wild cliff top paths, which in the summer months, are bursting with wildflowers and wildlife.
After an extensive multi-million-pound regeneration, the Promenade is complete and has easy access to the beach, Asian Fusion restaurant and the Parry Thomas Centre which has everything from, ice-cream, kayak hire and takeaway food. This beach has everything that you could wish for – for that perfect family day out.
Pendine Shops and Food
Pendine Shops and Food - less than a five-minute walk from both the beach and the car park, the Promenade is packed with:
• Lotus Restaurant and takeaway (Asian Fusion)
• Cambrian Ice Cream Parlour
• Chad ‘n’ Olly’s Beach Hut
• Motor Museum of Speed Parry Thomas
There is food for every type of appetite. Our favourites? Lotus’s Stir-Fried Chicken in Black Bean Sauce with a side of Chicken Samosas and, for desert, a double scoop of Cambrian’s Rolo Ripple ice cream sat on the beach while watching the tide come in. There’s nothing quite like it. This is subjected to Covid-19 regulations and we cannot guarantee that these will be open during your visit.