Green Coast and Seaside Award (Rural) 2012.
Drive into Marloes and take the first left, signposted to Marloes Sands beach. It cost around £5 to park in the the National Trust car park (free for members) but if you take a left turn just before the car park into the field you can drive down closer to the beach where is an honesty box asking for £3 for the farmer.
It is dog friendly but don’t forget to take water for the dog.
There are no amenities so pack a loo roll, always useful!
A large sandy beach with pebbles, rock pools and surf. A huge expanse of sand at low tide and interesting cliff formations. Rock pools can be found at the western end of the beach. At high tide the beach can disappear altogether, but at low tide, there’s plenty to explore. Take beach games, a bucket and spade is a must, fishing net for the rock pools, body boards, surf boards or just a book. I recommend that you take food and drink with you.
There is a disused World War II Royal Air Force airfield, RAF Dale, above the south east cliffs of the beach.
There are approximately three accesses to the beach, which become very useful if you get caught by the tide coming in. Besides the main access from Runwayskiln there is also an access to the north, near Gateholm Island, that requires some scrambling over the rocks and another access to the south that has steps leading to the mid-section of the beach.
The rock strata have divided the beach up into numerous little ‘bays’ for even more privacy. Climb over the rocks at the western end to discover Albion Sands, a perfect little sandy beach. At low tide you can see all that’s left of a wrecked ship sticking out of the sand - its prop shaft.
Scenes from the Hollywood film "Snow White and the Huntsman", featuring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart, were shot here in September 2011!