Beaches in West Wales

Whiteford Burrows National Nature Reserve and Llanrhidian Saltmarsh

Whiteford Burrows National Nature Reserve and Llanrhidian Saltmarsh

Whiteford Burrows is seen as one of the best dune systems in Britain and have an excellent series of dune habitats with Whiteford Beach jut to the east of the Burrows.

Whiteford Burrows National Nature Reserve and Llanrhidian Saltmarsh are owned by the National Trust and offers a treasure trove of beautiful landscape and wildlife. The flora includes many rare breeds and local species, including early marsh orchid, fen orchid, early grass sand and dune gentian. There is also a bird hide and many footpaths around Whiteford Burrows.

Whiteford Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand which is home to a dilapidated cast iron lighthouse at its northern end. It has stunning views across the estuary towards Pembrey Sands and Burry Port opposite.

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Llanrhidian Marsh is one of the best examples of a salt marsh in Britain and is of international importance for its enormous population of wintering wildfowl and waders. Local birds include the oystercatcher, knot, pintail and golden plover. Word of warning the Llanrhidian Marsh is covered by the sea at high tide and at low tide is really boggy with a criss-crossed of gullies and streams. With rapid incoming tides and boggy terrain this land make this area unsuitable for walking.

Car Parking is available in farmers’ fields between Llanmadoc and Cwm Ivy  and operate with honesty box for payment.



Whiteford Beach Car Park
Cwm Ivy

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