Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire – photo © Visit Pembrokeshire

The wow factor: A huge expanse of sand at low tide with rocks 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. The rock strata have divided the beach up into little “bays” for added privacy.

Activities: Climb over the rocks at the western end to discover Albion Sands, a perfect little sandy beach. At low tide you can see the remains of a wrecked ship sticking out of the sand.

Stay: The Clock House, in Marloes ( is a contemporary, stylish B&B with a relaxing café/bar and evening restaurant.

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