The half-mile cliff walk down from the car park puts a lot of people off and there are no facilities on the beach. But this is precisely what makes Marloes Sands so special. In return for your efforts, you’ll be greeted by 1.5km of uncrowded sweeping sand, dotted with sandstone towers standing in low-tide pools shimmering with tiny fish and shrimps, plus views of Skokholm and Gateholm islands. The flat sand is perfect for beach games and the crystal-clear water makes good surfing (but watch out for rips). All the amusement here is provided courtesy of Mother Nature – not by any arcades.