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Wales' sunshine capital: a peninsula town with a sheltered beach for water sports

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Dale beach jetty

Located on its own peninsula, which juts out of the mainland, Dale is a charming village well-positioned on the scenic Pembrokeshire coast.

It overlooks a mile-wide sheltered bay on the Milford Haven waterway, with an impressive sand and shingle beach and lovely views out over the water. This has made it a popular destination for watersports, with West Wales Watersports offering all kinds of activities from sailing to surfing, kayaking, coasteering and stand up paddleboarding. Dale also holds the sunshine records for Wales, meaning its beach is also popular with sunbathers and swimmers. Safe and sheltered from the elements, take a picnic and watch the yachts as they race up and down the Haven. Nearby is another larger sandy beach, Marloes Sands.

Puffins on Skomer Island

Dale is also a great location for a walking holiday as it is found on the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which starts at St Dogmaels in the north and ends at Amroth in the south. Home to some of the most breath-taking coastal scenery in Britain, you’ll also be amazed by the variety of wildlife you’ll be able to spot on your journey.

One of the best places to see wildlife is on Pembrokeshire’s outlying islands, Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm, home to enormous colonies of puffins, guillemots, and gannets. With Pembrokeshire Islands Boat Trips, you can take a cruise, sea safari or private charter out to these stunning remote islands. You can also land on Skomer Island to fully explore its scenery and wildlife diversity – you may also see Atlantic grey seals, dolphins, porpoise and peregrine falcons during your visit.

See what lies beneath Pembrokeshire’s waters with Dive in2 Pembrokeshire, who operate diving charters from Dale. Their boats will take you to the region’s best diving spots, where you can plummet beneath the water’s depths and discover a whole new world underwater.

Although Dale is a small place it still has a nice selection of places to eat and drink. The Griffin Inn is the village pub, offering an inviting atmosphere, lunch and evening meals and a variety of ales and wines. With roaring fires in the winter and an al fresco terrace for the summer, it’s a nice place to recharge your batteries all year-round. The Boathouse Café is another place to head to for drinks and light refreshments.

“It overlooks a mile-wide sheltered bay on the Milford Haven waterway…”

Nearby there are plenty of other beautiful coastal spots to discover, including Broad Haven and Little Haven, St Ann’s Head and St Brides. The town of Milford Haven is also found nine miles away, with a number of places to shop and eat, as well as plenty to see relating to its status as Wales’ largest port.

If you’ve been inspired to visit this beautiful corner of Pembrokeshire, take a look at our Dale cottages for more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Follow a small section or the entire length of this 186-mile path, taking in some of the country’s best coastal scenery

Skomer Island

Take a boat trip here to discover amazing wildlife including puffins, seals and dolphins

Dale beach

Enjoy a variety of watersports on this sand and shingle beach or simply sit back in the sunshine

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