The Blue Lagoon
Abereiddy is a hamlet in the parish of Llanrhian, Pembrokeshire. 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 Abereiddy 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 80 ft 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 Abereiddy 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, 88 ft above the Blue Lagoon.
Appearances on film
Abereiddy was the main location for the 1961 film Fury at Smugglers' Bay starring Peter Cushing.
Abereiddy and the ice-cream van that regularly visits were also the subject of a short promotional film called "Ice Cream" for the Welsh Tourist Board, in 2009.
Geology and fossils
The south side of Abereiddy Bay consists of steeply dipping beds from the Upper Llanvirn, where Didymograptus murchisoni is quite common. To the north, the succession passes up into beds of Llandeilo age, and ultimately the foreshore which consists of alternating beds of Caradocian limestone and shale. North over the northern headland, there is a small cove eroded in up-faulted Didymograptus bifidus beds. This is a fault and the disused Porth Gain Slate Quarry provides excellent exposures.
Fossil collectors tend to look out for the Ordovician shales wedged in between the cliffs. Fortunately, chunks of shale regularly fall out of the cliffs onto the beach. Consequently, fossil collecting is easier done by walking down onto the beach and looking for the soft, flaky shales. Hammering is only required to split open larger pieces.
- 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
- Red Bull Cliff Diving Returns
- "Silence Music Video Youtube". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTLJjoW867g. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
- "Silence Music Video". http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/SILENCE/video/x1c0k_delerium-feat-sarah-mclachlan-silen. 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/
- Abereiddy Bay fossils and fossil collecting
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- Photos of Abereiddy and surrounding area on geograph.org.uk
- Photos from the World Diving Championships at Abereiddy (Sept. 2012)
- Photos of Abereiddy Panoramic photos of Abereiddy produced by Welsh Panoramas.