21 May 2015

Wales' award winning beaches 2015

Wales has increased its number of Blue Flag beaches to 41 and one Blue Flag marina.

Blue Flag criteria include the highest standard of water quality, environmental education, management, safety and services. The Green Coast award is awarded to those quiet, quaint, hidden gems. With high standards of water quality and known for their natural, rural surroundings.

Without further ado, the winners are....

Pembrokeshire

Tenby's North Beach and Harbour at low tide, Pembrokeshire
North Beach, Tenby in Pembrokeshire

Blue Flag: Amroth, Broadhaven Central, Coppet Hall, Dale, Lydstep, Newgale, Tenby North, Tenby South, Castle Beach Tenby, Whitesands, Saundersfoot

Green Coast Awards: Abereiddy, Barafundle, Broadhaven South, Cwm yr Eglwys, Druidstone Haven, Freshwater East, Marloes, Martin’s Haven, Penally, Priory Bay Caldey Island, West Dale

Snowdonia Mountains & Coast

Aberdaron beach on the Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia
Aberdaron beach, Llyn Peninsula

Blue Flag: Aberdaron, Abersoch South, Barmouth, Craig Du Beach Central, Morfa Dinlle, Pwllheli, Cricceith Traeth y promenade

Green Coast Awards: Bennar, Llandanwg, Harlech North, Porth Neigwl

Anglesey

Benllech beach, Anglesey

Benllech beach, Anglesey

Blue Flag: Benllech, Church Bay, Llanddona, Porth Dafarch, Llanddwyn, Trearddur Bay

Green Coast Awards: Borth Wen, Cemlyn, Porth Nobla Llanfaelog, Cable Bay, Sandy Beach, Silver Bay Rhoscolyn, St. Davids Benllech, Traeth Crigyll, Traeth Mawr Aberffraw 

Ceredigion

Aberporth Beach
Aberporth Beach, Ceredigion

Blue Flag: Aberporth, Aberystwyth North, Borth, Llangrannog, Newquay Harbour, Tresaith

Green Coast Awards: Llanrhystud, Mwnt, Penbryn, Cilborth

Swansea

Scenic image of Bracelet Bay facing west
Bracelet Bay on the Gower Peninsula

Blue Flag: Bracelet Bay, Caswell Central, Langland West, Port Eynon West, Swansea Marina

The Glamorgan Heritage coastline

Rest Bay beach
Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Blue Flag: Rest Bay, Trecco Bay

Llandudno & Colwyn Bay

View across bay from Llanfairfechan with Great Orme in background
Llanfairfechan, Llandudno by Flawless!

Blue Flag: Llanfairfechan, Colwyn Bay, West Shore Llandudno

Carmarthenshire

A Kite buggy on Cefn Sidan beach, part of Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire

Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire

Blue Flag: Cefn Sidan

North East Wales

A little girl filling her bucket with shells on the beach at Point of Ayr, Prestatyn

Collecting shells at Point of Ayr, Prestatyn

 by Stevo3

Blue Flag: Prestatyn

Green Coast Awards: Marine Lake , Rhyl