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Published September 10th 2012
Spectacular cliff scenery
West Wales' spectacular 'blue lagoon' at Abereiddy, is a haven for anyone who enjoys coasteering, scuba-diving, kayaking or simply enjoying the sights along this beautiful stretch of the Pembrokeshire coastline.
A former slate quarry, this tidal lagoon, with a maximum depth of about 25m and a sheer vertical drop in places, was the UK venue for the 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship, which saw the American Steven LoBue, take victory from the likes of Gary Hunt and Orlando Duque.
If you're not into such active pursuits, the Blue Lagoon is a great place to take a break for a picnic on your way along the coastal path between Abereiddy and Porthgain, and watch the locals having fun, jumping off what remains of the sea wall, into the beautiful slate-blue waters beneath.
View from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path between Abereiddy and Porthgain
For keen fossil hunters, Abereiddy beach nearby is a boon, its dark sand littered with tiny fossilised plants and animals. The beach, which has excellent water quality, lies within a sheltered bay, which is also a popular location for boating, kayaking and windsurfing. The surf does come in very quickly, however, so take care.
The walk from Abereiddy to Porthgain is one of the best stretches along the entire coast path, with wonderful seascapes and cliffs. And you won't be disappointed when you arrive at Porthgain, which is a tiny, picturesque fishing port with a pub and various cafes and art galleries.
The Blue Lagoon and Abereiddy are on the north-west coast of Pembrokeshire between Strumble Head and St David's Head. There is a daily bus service called The Strumble Shuttle and the No. 404 bus runs between Fishguard and St. David's, stopping at Abereiddy. If you are travelling by car, from the A487 follow the lanes from Croesgoch to Abereiddy; a slipway leads down to the beach. Free parking is available at the beach and from the car park it is a five minute walk to the edge of the lagoon.