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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia                                                                           Coordinates: 51°56′N 5°12′W


Abereiddy (usual Welsh spelling: Abereiddi) is a hamlet in the county of
Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales.
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. Nearby are the ruins of a harbour built to export stone and a small
village built for the quarry workers.
Located on the edge of the car park is the ruin of a small group of houses known
as The Street. These were houses built for the quarry workers of the Blue Lagoon                 Abandoned slate quarryman's cottage in
(see below) and was only abandoned after a flood in the early 20th century.                                   The Street

To the north of the beach is the Blue Lagoon, a large disused slate quarry, now
filled with seawater through a breach in the outer wall. This is 25m deep, according
to a neaby 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. [1] In September 2012 the Blue Lagoon at
Abereiddi was the site 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, 27
metres above the Blue Lagoon.[2]
Following the coast path north leads to Porthgain. Abereiddi to Porthgain is roughly
a forty minute walk.
                                                                                                 The Blue Lagoon, showing its distinctive
The coastal path taken in the other direction to the south east goes around St                                green hue
Davids Head and on to Whitesands Bay.

Appearances on film
Abereiddy (The Blue Lagoon) appeared in the music video Delerium - Silence
(Featuring Sarah McLachlan) 2004. [3]
Abereiddi was the main location for the 1961 film Fury at Smugglers' Bay [4] starring
Peter Cushing.
Abereiddi and the ice cream van that regularly visits were also the subject of a short
promotional film called "Ice Cream" for Visit Wales, the Welsh Tourist Board, in
2009. [5]
                                                                                                            The Blue Lagoon

References
   1. ^ West Wales Diving School
   2. ^ BBC News - Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series' Pembrokeshire UK debut
   3. ^ (url) Silence Music Video . Retrieved 2007-05-18.
   4. ^ Fury at Smugglers' Bay on the Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057085/
   5. ^ Ice Cream on the Visit Wales website - http://www.visitwales.co.uk/things-to-do-in-wales/shoot-wales/

External links
   Photos of Abereiddy and surrounding area on geograph.org.uk
  Photos from the World Diving Championships at Abereiddi (Sept. 2012)
  Photos of Abereiddy   Panoramic photos of Abereiddy produced by Welsh
                                                                          Wikimedia Commons has media
  Panoramas.
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