Poppit West


Poppit West
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 July 2018

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales

Poppit Sands West is a large sandy beach at the mouth of the Afon Teifi within Cardigan Bay and backed by sand dunes. The river has a number of slipways and harbours meaning fishing and sailing are popular pursuits.


Swimming and fishing are popular here. There is zoning in place for fishing. For more details about walking in the area, this site has more information - www.visitcardigan.com/cardigan-tourist-information/walking-in-the-cardigan-area

Wildlife and Walks

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Coast Path runs past the beach. Cardigan bay is well known for it’s exiting marine wildlife such as seals, porpoise and bottlenose dolphins.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by Natural Resources Wales, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 July 2018

Data provided by Natural Resources Wales
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Poppit West

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There are 60-80 parking spaces (including disabled) available for a fee.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach manually cleaned daily by the council.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 17th June - 3rd September 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.