St Brides Haven

Photo: Pembrokeshire County Council

St Brides Haven is a great spot for diving, snorkelling and fishing.

Dog friendly?
Dogs are allowed year round. There is a responsibility for dog owners to clean up after their dogs on the whole of this site.

Getting there
Although there are no designated cycle routes, the beach can be accessed via numerous B roads and country lanes. Bike racks are provided at this site. The beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. To access the beach there is 200m surfaced path with easy access gates. If you are arriving by car, follow the Haverfordwest-Dale road (B4327) to the crossroads where the road turns south towards Dale. The road straight ahead leads to St Brides Haven. There is limited free car parking by the church. You can also get to St. Brides Haven using the Puffin Shuttle service No.400.

Site description
St Brides Haven is an attractive little cove with sand at low tide, shingle and pebbles. It has interesting rock pools, safe bathing and good snorkelling. Facing north-west, it’s sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds, and offers good views across St Brides Bay. The cove is named after a 6th century saint, Brigid of Kildare, and the small church above the beach is dedicated to her. An early Christian cemetery lies between the church and the beach, and stone-lined graves can be seen in the cliffs near the lime kiln at the head of the cove.

The beach head, lime kilns and parking are owned by the National Park Authority. Beside the toilets there is an old pump house which has been restored by Friends of the National Park and opened as an interpretation facility. Here you can find out about the history of the area and the St Brides Estate, and see the old pumping engine which supplied water to the castle.

Facilities
There are toilets above the beach, a telephone near the car park and an easy access picnic site. All other facilities can be found in Marloes. The beach is cleaned daily but please help to keep St Brides Haven beautiful by using the facilities provided or taking any litter home with you.

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 foreshore and whole of the beach head area.

Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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Dog Friendly: Yes
Blue Flag: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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