A popular Pembrokeshire beach is riding the crest of a wave after being voted number one in a magazine poll.

Whitesands has been awarded Beach of Year by readers of the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine. The beach near St David’s is popular with both surfers and families and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Up against stiff competition from beaches across Britain, it was voted number one by Countryfile readers from a shortlist compiled by Surfers Against Sewage.

The campaign group described Whitesands as “a beach with plenty of rockpools to explore and great coastal walks, while its fantastic panoramas, white sands, green seas and beautiful sunsets steal the show.”

County Councillor Keith Lewis, Cabinet Member for Economy and Tourism, said he was delighted at the win.

“To receive this award is truly an accolade and to be voted for by the general public makes it extra special,” he said.

“It’s also well deserved recognition for all the hard work and effort that tourism businesses and promoters put in over the years to attract people to our wonderful county and coastline.”

Alan Turner, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Tourism Marketing and Development Manager, said they were honoured at the prestigious win.

“We’re hugely grateful to all those who took the trouble to vote for us.”

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Director of Delivery and Discovery, James Parkin said the Pembrokeshire Coast was home to more than 50 beaches, of which Whitesands was one of the most popular.

“It boasts amazing views and opportunities to get active, watch wildlife and learn more about the area’s fascinating history.”

The award for Whitesands follows success for Tenby at the British Travel Awards in November when it won a Silver for Best UK Coastal Resort - up from Bronze in 2013.