Abereiddy shown within Pembrokeshire
|OS grid reference|
|- Cardiff||116 mi (187 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||SA62 6DT|
|Fire||Mid and West Wales|
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It has a small beach which was awarded the Blue flag rural beach award in 2005. A large car park adjoins the beach, where in the summer an ice cream van can usually be found. The beach also has public toilets which are open from Easter to October half-term. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path gives fine walking in both directions. The Common which runs inland behind the beach lies within the Manor of Llanrhian.
The Blue Lagoon
Nearby are the ruins of the 'Blue Lagoon', a small slate quarry, now flooded by the sea having broken in. Initially slate was exported across Abereiddi beach, but later through a tramway to the harbour at Porthgain a couple of miles to the North. Although never as large a quarry as even those nearer Porthgain itself, it did operate a steam-hauled lift. Ruins of a small group of slate houses known as The Street remain near the beach. These were houses built for the quarry workers of the Blue Lagoon and was only abandoned after a flood in the early 20th century.
The Blue Lagoon is 25m deep, according to a nearby Pembrokeshire National Park information board. Despite the name, the water is always a distinct greenish hue, owing to the mineral content within the quarry. The lagoon is a favourite for adventure groups practising coasteering, and also diving when the weather is bad.
World diving championships
In September 2012 the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi was the location for one of the stages of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, making its UK debut. Fourteen of the world's best divers dived from a man-made platform, 27 metres above the Blue Lagoon.
The championships were held here again in September 2013.
Appearances on film
- Richards, Alun John (2011). The Rails and Sails of Welsh Slate. Gwalch. pp. 132–133. ISBN 978-1-84524-174-2.
- West Wales Diving School
- BBC News - Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series' Pembrokeshire UK debut
- BBC News - World Series cliff divers brave Pembrokeshire cliffs
- Silence Music Video (url). Retrieved 2007-05-18.
- Fury at Smugglers' Bay on the Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057085/
- Ice Cream on the Visit Wales website - http://www.visitwales.co.uk/things-to-do-in-wales/shoot-wales/
- Photos of Abereiddy and surrounding area on geograph.org.uk
- Photos from the World Diving Championships at Abereiddi (Sept. 2012)
- Photos of Abereiddy Panoramic photos of Abereiddy produced by Welsh Panoramas.
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