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Poppit Sands Beach, Cardigan

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Poppit is a small, dispersed settlement which lies on the southern side of the estuary of the River Teifi, near Cardigan, in northern Pembrokeshire, Wales.It is primarily known for its popular sandy beach, called Poppit Sands, sometimes Poppit Sands Beach, which adjoins St. Dogmaels beach at its eastern estuary end. The beach offers views across the estuary and bay towards Gwbert and Cardigan Island, and the nearest village is St Dogmaels, 1½ miles away.Up until 2012 the beach carried Blue Flag status, but following a wet year, which resulted in more naturally occurring bacteria present, and a general tightening of criteria, it lost this status in 2013.The beachBacked by low dunes, the top of the beach comprises about 80m of dry, very loose sand, making it very popular with families. Lower down it is hard-packed. The beach slopes gently, and therefore the sea is shallow for quite a long way out. Even at high tide there is plenty of soft sand exposed.On the eastern side of the dunes, erosion has formed sand cliffs over 4 metres (13 feet) high. New dunes are now building up close to the access boardwalk.When the tide is fully out, the flats at the far south-eastern end (known as Cardigan Bar) extend for nearly a mile and almost reach Gwbert on the other side. However, due to the estuary there are unpredictable currents at this end of the beach.At the north-western end of the beach there are rock pools which support a myriad of sea-life. Arrange your visit to Poppit Sands Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cardigan using our Cardigan travel route planner.
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  • Pretty, long, sandy beach backed by dunes. Gently sloping. On an estuary so can be a bit muddy upstream. For swimming, stick to sea end of beach in lifeguard patrolled area as river can be...  more »
  • This is a lovely sandy beach. From where you park you can walk along the beach round into the Teifi estuary, lovely scenary. Tide comes in quickly where the beach curves into the estuary so need...  more »
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