23. Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands

At the Teifi’s mouth the banks of Poppit Sands guide the river through its last bends. Most of the sand and mud of the estuary is covered over with the high tide when the sea water floats the boats that shelter here, but when the tide ebbs large swathes of sand emerge across almost the length of the bay (with the Teifi discharging in to the sea at the north-east end). At low tide lovely beach walking can be had here.

Poppit Sands is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes at the mouth  of the Teifi. It offers good views of the estuary, Gwbert and Cardigan Island. There is an RNLI lifeboat station here with a small shop.

Poppit is at the start and the end  of the 186 miles Pembrokeshire Coast Path which takes you right around the coast to Amroth in the South.


For more extensive walking along the coast, see the guide Walking the Teifi Estuary, which is available free of charge from the tourist information office in Cardigan, or accessible at:



Poppit Sands (car park) grid ref:  SN152485

Getting there: follow the St. Dogmaels road (B4546) from the south side of the Teifi at Cardigan. Poppit Sands is a further 3km (2 miles) after St. Dogmaels on the same road.

Bus:  The 407 Cardigan Town service goes as far as Poppit sands via St. Dogmaels. For times see: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Resident/Travel%2c%20Roads%20and%20Parking/Public%20Transport/Bus%20Timetables?407.pdf

Parking: sign-posted car park next to beach. parking is charged from 15th March – 7th November between 9 am and 5 pm.

Facilities: seasonal cafe and shop, toilets,  picnic benches, lifeguards patrol between June and September Ble Flag Awards beach

Accommodation: Poppit Sands Youth Hostel http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/poppit=sands

A good choice of hotels B&Bs, guesthouse, caravan and camping sites can be found in the area.