Abereiddi (or Abereiddy, depending on the sort of person you’re speaking to), is a sheltered little bay located on one of the most scenic stretches of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. It boasts a black sand beach, backed with pebbles. The sand is littered with fragments of tiny fossils – although if you’re planning on fossil hunting there, you should probably leave the kids at home.
At low tide, Abereiddi has lovely gentle waves and a huge stretch of damp black sand, lovely for digging in. However, we always like visiting Abereiddi in the evening, as the tide is coming in and watching the waves.
Nearby the beach is the Blue Lagoon, a flooded slate quarry with a distinctive blue-green hue derived from the mineral content of the water. The path to the Blue Lagoon is easy and gentle, and good enough for wheelchairs and prams. J and Little E love running up and down the path, and exploring the ruins of abandoned quarry buildings and slate quarrymen’s cottages.
The Blue Lagoon itself is a favourite location for cliff diving, and was the site of the recent 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving Word Series.
If you don’t fancy accidentally braining yourself on a rock, you can walk down to the edge of the quarry for a swim or, if your family is into adventure activities, it is possible to arrange a really fun day out at Abereiddi with one of the coasteering providers in the region – minimum age is 8 and non-swimmers are welcome! .
Normally, after a bracing good walk, the kids are ready for a snack, so we always like to bring a picnic dinner with us to eat on the beach. What we like to do is send one grownup to the nearest chip shop (we like The Shed at nearby Porthgain) for battered fresh fish and hand cut Pembrokeshire potato chips!
Sometimes, we’ll lay a picnic blanket on the pebbles, but oftentimes, we’ll perch ourselves on the sea wall, swinging our legs, just watching the tide roll away, the waves turning from blue to pale grey to silver as the sun goes down.