Broad Haven with John Hodge

We loved seeing John Hodge’s dog ‘party’ in May this year (2021) and wanted to share some of his images. The sun hadn’t made an appearance, but the dogs and their owners were clearly delighted to be out and about after a hard winter of lockdown. Thank you to John for allowing us to share some of his walkabout images.

Broad Haven beach is a gently sloping westerly facing bay, great for walking and swimming if you keep an eye on the tides. A long, narrow sandy and pebble beach at high tide – but at low tide a wide area of sand – make it a popular and safe bathing beach, the cliffs on both sides providing some sheltered bays. The beach regularly wins a blue flag award.

It is possible to walk all the way to Little Haven at low tide, but if you are taking the dog remember that restrictions apply to the northern third of the beach between 1 May and the 30 September.

At the north end of the beach there are some good rockpools and a few sea stacks and natural arches, with names such as Emmet Rock, Sleek Stone and Lions Head.

The village of Broad Haven itself began to be popular in Victorian times – which is evident in its grand seafront and promenade. It remains as popular as ever today.


Thanks to John Hodge who has kindly allowed us to use some images he has taken on his many walks about Pembrokeshire. You can read more about John and his lovely wife, Judith. (He makes amazing love spoons, as well as taking photographs, and Judith is a fine crafter.) Thank you, John, for sharing with us.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty knows that she will always be an incomer, but this is to be her sixth summers. The wet and grey days of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire, but she is always grateful for the golden light of spring and summer. Her love of the sea sustains her even through the darkest of days and she can often be found at high tide bobbing about in Fishguard harbour at high tide, often with seals in attendance. When not freezing in water she is usually at her computer. She says" has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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