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Holidays in Pendine

A small seaside resort where the world land speed record was set

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Pendine Sands

Lying on the northern shore of Carmarthen Bay, Pendine is a small seaside resort best known for its Blue Flag beach, which stretches for seven miles from Gilmore Point to Laugharne Sands.

With such a long expanse of sand to explore, there’s plenty of ways for visitors to enjoy what Pendine Sands has to offer. Thanks to its winds, kitesurfing and kiteboarding are both popular here, while those looking for a more traditional day at the seaside will find it here. Pack a picnic, a bucket and a spade and enjoy a relaxed day beside the sea, with views over to the Gower in one direction and Pembrokeshire in the other.

Pendine Sands from one of the beach caves

One of the must-try activities you can take part in on Pendine Sands is riding along the golden beach on horseback. Marros Riding Centre offers rides from their nearby farm down to the beach, where you can gallop through the sand, the surf and the sea and enjoy a truly memorable experience.

Pendine is perhaps most famous for being the location where the land speed record was broken five times between 1924 and 1927 by Sir Malcolm Campbell and JG Parry-Thomas. The story of how they broke the records down on Pendine Sands is told at the Pendine Museum of Speed, open from Easter to September. The main exhibit is Babs, a car which broke the record in 1926, and was buried in the sands after Parry-Thomas died during another record attempt.

Pendine is well-positioned to explore not only the rest of Carmarthenshire but also Pembrokeshire. Laugharne, a pretty town found on the estuary of the River Taf, is found 4.5 miles away, and was once the home of Wales’ best-loved poet, Dylan Thomas, with a trail marking the places where he lived, spent his time and was inspired to write his poems.

To the west, you’ll discover the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, home to some of Britain’s most beautiful coastal scenery. The seaside resorts of Amroth, Tenby and Saundersfoot can all be found along this first stretch of Pembrokeshire coastline, offering yet more beaches and charming villages to explore.

“With such a long expanse of sand to explore, there’s plenty of ways for visitors to enjoy what Pendine Sands has to offer…”

Making the most of its location, Pendine is home to a number of charming cafes which overlook the sea. Barnacles Beach Café, The Point Café and Tea by the Sea are all lovely places to stop by for some light refreshments. For something more hearty and substantial, the Springwell Inn Restaurant offers classic pub dishes as well as a Sunday carvery.

Take a look at our full collection of Pendine cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Marros Riding Centre

Gallop along the sand and through the surf with this unique riding experience

Pendine Museum of Speed

Find out how the land speed record was broken multiple times on Pendine Sands at this small museum

Pendine Sands

A 7-mile stretch of beach perfect for sunbathing, swimming and watersports

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