The village consists of two parts: the old hill-top settlement around the parish church, and the small harbour settlement on the shore. The latter developed into a small seaside resort during the 20th century. The English form of the place name originates from the Welsh Pen-din, where pen means "end" and din "fort". With time this has become Pendine. Pendein and Pendyne have also been recorded. The seaside resort is best known for Pendine Sands, where Malcolm Campbell and J. G. Parry-Thomas set the world land speed record five times between 1924 and 1927. Parry-Thomas was killed while making a final record-breaking attempt on Pendine Sands in 1927.
The parish lies a few miles south of the linguistic boundary, and is predominantly English-speaking.
Places of interest
On some occasions, part of the beach is used by the QinetiQ for firing practice.
- Pendine Online
- Museum of Speed Pendine
- grid reference SN231085
- Carmarthenshire Land Sailing Club Website
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Pendine and surrounding area