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Poppit Sands Beach, Cardigan

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Poppit is a small, dispersed settlement which lies on the southern side of the estuary of the River Teifi, near Cardigan, in northern Pembrokeshire, Wales.It is primarily known for its popular sandy beach, called Poppit Sands, sometimes Poppit Sands Beach, which adjoins St. Dogmaels beach at its eastern estuary end. The beach offers views across the estuary and bay towards Gwbert and Cardigan Island, and the nearest village is St Dogmaels, 1½ miles away.Up until 2012 the beach carried Blue Flag status, but following a wet year, which resulted in more naturally occurring bacteria present, and a general tightening of criteria, it lost this status in 2013.The beachBacked by low dunes, the top of the beach comprises about 80m of dry, very loose sand, making it very popular with families. Lower down it is hard-packed. The beach slopes gently, and therefore the sea is shallow for quite a long way out. Even at high tide there is plenty of soft sand exposed.On the eastern side of the dunes, erosion has formed sand cliffs over 4 metres (13 feet) high. New dunes are now building up close to the access boardwalk.When the tide is fully out, the flats at the far south-eastern end (known as Cardigan Bar) extend for nearly a mile and almost reach Gwbert on the other side. However, due to the estuary there are unpredictable currents at this end of the beach.At the north-western end of the beach there are rock pools which support a myriad of sea-life.
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  • What a great beach. Plenty of parking. Dogs allowed to the right. Great views and great sand dunes for the kids to play in. Plenty of room for all. Quite sheltered.  more »
  • We liked it so much that in a three day stay we went twice. Its tucked away behind Cardigan Lifeboat house and on our first visit there were no more than ten cars in the very reasonable car park. The....  more »
  • Out off this world,
  • Its got lots of sand
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