Place Category: Feature
A village of 2 parts, playing a role in world history, Pendine is more than just wide flat sands and dunes to explore!
With its hill-top settlement clustered around the parish church and, down by the sea, a small harbour community, Pendine might be a surprising centre for all the activity that it sees – all centred on the 7 miles of firm flat beach stretching from Gilman Point to Laugharne Sands. Pendine Sands was the centre for land speed record attempts in the 1920s – cars were getting faster and as they were approaching the 150 mph barrier, those looking to push the boundaries of speed were no longer safe on roads and race tracks. The great names of land speed records all collected in this sleepy Welsh village – Malcolm Campbell in Blue Bird and J G Parry-Thomas with the iconic Babs. More recently, Guy Martin broke the UK record for a bicycle driven in the slipstream of another vehicle and Idris Elba broke the historic ‘Flying Mile’ record (originally set by Campbell) in a Bentley GT Continental. During WWII the sands were acquired by the Ministry of Defence and it’s still the setting for test activities. Today, you can find out more about the ‘golden days’ of the land speed attempts at Pendine Sands at the Pendine Museum of Speed. Visitors can also see Babs – now restored. To view classic cars in action, visit during the Vintage Hot Rod Races weekend. The beach offers 7 miles of firm flat sand to enjoy in the traditional way – sandcastles, paddling, ice cream – although take heed of the warning signs indicating activity at the nearby Ministry of Defence range. Pendine is a mecca for ‘wind-traction’ activities, including land-sailing and kite-surfing.
There are a couple of outdoor activity centres offering a wide range of adventurous pursuits. The active can join in Pendine Sands Races, a beach based 10k and half marathon, with an ultra marathon – 32 miles combining beach running with off road racing. Or if you need to take the weight off your feet, why not go horse riding for a day?
ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK
Pendine offers a small selection of accommodation for visitors. There’s the Fourcroft Hotel (could only find this hotel in Tenby), the Pendine Sands B&B and the Green Bridge Inn. Camping is available at the Pendine Sands Holiday Park and the Grove Caravan Park. There are also a variety of self-catering cottages and caravans available for hire. Eat out at the Springwell Inn, The Coffee Shop or the Point Café. Take the opportunity to explore what’s available further afield too – it’s not far to Laugharne or try the Sporting Chance in Red Roses.
NEED TO KNOW
Getting to Pendine: Leave the A477 (St Clears to Tenby) at Red Roses and follow the B4314 to Pendine.
Parking: There’s a big car park at the Museum of Speed, behind the beach.
Public Transport: Buses run between Tenby and Carmarthen, stopping in Pendine.
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed between the slip ways between 1st May and 30th September.
Museum of Speed http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/residents/theatresartsmuseums/museums/museum-of-speed/#.WAiko_krLIU 01994 453488
Morfa Bay Adventure http://morfabay.com/ 01994 453588
Pendine Outdoors http://www.pendineoutdoors.co.uk/ 01994 453659
Pendine Sands Races http://www.ultrarunningltd.co.uk/pendine-sands-races.html
Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races http://www.vhra.co.uk/VHRA/Pendine_Sands.html
Marros Riding Centre: https://www.facebook.com/Marros.Riding.Centre/ 01994 453777
The Fourcroft Hotel: http://www.fourcroft-hotel.co.uk/ 01834 842 886
Pendine Sands Bed & Breakfast: http://www.pendinesandsbedandbreakfast.co.uk/ 01994 453556
Green Bridge Inn 01994 453550
Pendine Sands Holiday Park http://www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk/wales-holidays/pendine-sands/pendine-sands-holiday-park.htm 0344 335 3450
The Grove Caravan Park 01994 453496
Springwell Inn http://www.springwellinn.com/ 01994 453274
The Coffee Shop
The Point Café https://en-gb.facebook.com/The-Point-Cafe-215143048512931/ 01994 453549
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