Enjoy Pembrokeshire

Broad Haven North Beach

Broad Haven is great for swimming, beach games, rockpooling and a range of water sports.

Dog friendly?
Seasonal dog restrictions apply to the North of the beach between May-September. There is a responsibility for dog owners to clean up after their dogs on the whole of this site.

Getting there
You can get to Broad Haven by bike with the Celtic Trail passing through the village and right by the beach. The beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. Access to the beach is via a wheelchair friendly concrete slipway. By car you can reach Broad Haven on the B4341 from Haverfordwest, or on the narrow coast road which runs from Little Haven to Newgale. Car parking is split between two paid car parks.

Site description
Broad Haven is an open, west-facing bay, with a large sandy beach. It's been one of Pembrokeshire's most popular leisure spots since around 1800, when there were bathing machines on the beach. Coal was extracted from the cliffs to the north. Today it's still popular for bathing, and is also used by windsurfers and surfers when conditions are right. The cliffs, formed about 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous period, attract geologists from all over Britain. Round the headland to the north of the beach are several stacks, including Den's Door which has two arches through its base. Nearby is a huge whale-like projection known as the Sleek Stone, part of an up-fold in the Coal Measures. But please check tide times carefully if you go to look at these features, as it's easy to get stranded.

Facilities
There are toilets including facilities for the disabled. Telephone, beach/surf hire, cafes, youth hostel, public houses and restaurants are all on the beachfront. B and B's, camping and caravanning are present in the area. There is a slipway providing easy access to the beach. The beach is cleaned and litter bins are provided. Please help keep Broad Haven beautiful and use the facilities.

Byelaws
Pembrokeshire County Council Bathing Water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach. These include a speed limit. PCNPA Byelaws apply to the whole of the foreshore on this beach.

Beach awards

  • Blue Flag
  • Seaside Award (Resort)
  • This is a Marine Conservation Society recommended beach.
  • There are seasonal life guards at this beach.



Top Tips

  • The car parks do become crowded at peak times. Please consider the bus and help lower your carbon footprint!

Seasonal RNLI Lifeguards are present at the following beaches:

Healthy You

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Health terms

RNLI message

  • Wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach.
  • Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
  • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them - this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone. If you get in trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
  • If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard or, if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.