Year of the Sea: Sandy Haven.

Sandy Haven, south Pembrokeshire

Beach near Milford Haven.

What’s it like? An inlet looking out over the Milford Haven waterway, Sandy Haven is not one of Pembrokeshire’s best known beaches. I must admit I had never visited in over 26 years of exploring the county and it was a pleasant surprise. Locals told me that on a hot summer’s day it has a tropical air due to its position and colours.

At low tide it is possible to walk across the estuary, but if you are cut off during high tide it is a long walk back via a four-mile detour, so be warned. At low tide this is a fantastic place to explore with fabulous colourful red cliffs and shells (yellow!) as well as numerous rock pools and geological wonders. There is fascinating driftwood and a stream at the far end of the beach.

The sheltered creek is very attractive to wander along and views are excellent. This is not a safe beach for bathing, but paddling along the shore line is fun.

Parking? There is parking above the beach with space for 30 cars, but no other facilities. Access is along a narrow lane and be aware of the tight turns and be considerate of the working farm on the sharp turn…

Toilets? There is a campsite nearby and a few caravans overlook the bay.



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Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne is now enjoying realising her long-held ambition to work as a Community Photojournalist and to celebrate her passion for the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire. Usually accompanied by her Pembrokeshire border collie, Cwtch.

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