Porth Neigwl is the Welsh name for the impressive sweep of sand that runs between the twin headlands of Mynydd Penaryfynydd to the west and Cilan to the east. The beach also has the rather evocative English moniker of Hell’s Mouth. On a still, summer afternoon the latter name makes little sense, but come back on a stormy day when a full force south westerly is blasting into the bay and the implied menace is more than justified.
Needless to say this is an important surfing venue which attracts surfers (and kayakers) throughout the year, although more during the summer (when, ironically the surf is often not as good).
It can get busy here but the beach is very long, 6km in fact. If you move away from the parking area you can have all the space you want.
There are no facilities here but sometimes a snack van is present by the car park. There is a pub in the nearby village of Llanengan.
The top of the beach consists of medium sized pebbles but moving closer to the low tide mark it reverts to sand.
As with any beach that gets good waves, bathing can be potentially dangerous - strong undertows and cross currents do occur here. Another potential hazard are the cliffs behind the beach - these are unstable and should be avoided.
There are no dog restrictions on this beach.
Approach / parking:
There is a small car park about 500m walk from the beach. This does fill up quickly during the summer holiday period but otherwise there are normally places to be had. Of course, if there is a big swell it will be rammed with surfers!