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Famous Pendine Sands
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Pendine is a village situated on the South Coast of Wales, overlooking the glorious Carmarthen Bay, one of seven of Carmarthenshire’s dog-friendly 5-star rated beaches and well worth visiting if you are staying in the region.
Pendine Sands, as the coastal beach is known, is not only famed for its 7 mile stretch of uninterrupted golden sands but its famous racing past and legends. Both Malcolm Campbell and John Parry-Thomas produced world speed records racing their cars along the flat sands during the 1920s.
The main slipway in the middle of the sands allows easy access to the sands and from the car parking facilities. Further along the backshore areas are wonderful wild, sand dunes.
There are dog restrictions between May 1st – 30th September at the main slipway, not allowing dogs onto this area of the beach but the rest of the long sandy beach, either side is dog-friendly all year round.
The area has a MOD establishment, where part of the beach from time to time may be cordoned off for weapons testing. You’ll see prominent red flags flying prohibiting certain areas. To check ahead of dog walking, call for the latest information 01994 452310 about testing dates and times.
Walking in the other direction from the slipway towards Gilman Point is an alternative on those days and is all-year-round free dog-walking.
The beach operates with a lifeguard presence during the summer season operated by the RNLI and a useful webpage about Pendine Sands.
Should you need any emergency dog care, there are local pet veterinary practices within easy reach, the nearest just 5 miles away.
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To get the very best out of a special day trip, do plan your day in advance.
- The pandemic has bought about pre-booking car parks in some coastal locations. Pre-book your car park if necessary
- Check all local social media before setting out including if there are traffic build-ups in the area so you are not wasting time sitting in a hot car
- Check tide times for the best times to be on the beach. We recommend two hours after high tide allows the tide to be going out, sand and shingle drying out and gives more space on the beach.
- Remember to buy sun creams for you and your pet before its too hot weather, apply before leaving home
- Ensure your dog has ventilated space in your vehicle and also sunshades protecting them
NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN YOUR CAR
Beach doggie tips to remember –
To take lots (more than usual) of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog. Seawater is salty and will make your dog even more thirsty.
Have old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming. Provide them with towels to sit on rather than the sand, and towels help to clean off the sand before going home!
A sun canopy or umbrella shade is important, not just for you, but also your dog who can catch sunburn as much as you can.
You may need to use a short and/or long dog lead during restriction times, and take a dog muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches. They can act out character in new, unknown places often feeling anxious.
Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. That includes dog poop which is your responsibility to clean up at all times. Read our blog about beach dog poop.
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The recent pandemic has bought about new changes to the ways we do things. Post lockdown restrictions may require households not to travel in certain areas of the UK. Read the latest government advice. It’s advisable to check with your local council and social media websites before making special journeys.
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