Like many other small coastal hamlets in this part of Wales, Abereiddy’s history lies in slate mining.
Today’s pretty colour washed cottages and houses were once miners accommodation and the hamlet would have been a much more industrial scene than it is today.
A narrow gauge railway used to run into the hamlet and would cart slate off to Porthgain to then be shipped off to wherever it needed to go.
Nowadays there is little evidence of such an industry except for the remains of the quarry and its buildings at what is now known as the Blue Lagoon – found at the northern end of the bay before Trwyn Castell or Abereiddy Point as it is called in English.
The Blue Lagoon has played host to two RedBull Cliff Diving events and this year (2016) it is returning in full force. For more information see the official website here…
The beach here which is a mixture of pebbles and shingle becomes very busy during the summer with body boarders taking up much of the available space in the sea. The sand which is almost black and only visible at low tides contains a high concentration of fossils and is a very popular haunt for fossil hunters.
There is a reasonable amount of parking space at the beach, although recently the sea defences have been removed and the car parking space depends on the season and the weather.
You can access the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from Abereiddy, head north to find the Blue Lagoon, which during 2012 and 2013 was home to the World Cliff Diving Championship and gained extra fame through being televised across the globe. At most times of the year you will find organised cliff jumping at the lagoon and being 25 or thereabout meters deep, you’d have to bomb pretty spectacularly to reach the bottom. Further north along the coast path you will come to Porthgain Harbour. Heading south along the coastal path from Abereiddy will take you along some stunning cliff tops and eventually bring you to Whitesands beach.
Some old photographs of Abereiddy and Porthgain can be found here…