Beaches in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

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The beach guide has 36 beaches listed in and around the town of Haverfordwest. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • Neyland Slip Beach (6.7 miles)

    Neyland Slip © Gordon Hatton | BY-SA

    Neyland Slip is a small area of mud and shingle beach located next to the slipway. Part of the parish of Llanstadwell, Neyland was once a working harbour and busy fishing village. With easy access to the sheltered waters of Milford Haven water sports are popular here. Sailing is a particular favourite here and you…

  • Druidston Haven Beach (6 miles)

    Druidston Haven © Alan Hughes | BY-SA

    The secluded beach of Druidston Haven is backed and flanked by dramatic cliffs which, at low tide, overlook a long strip of golden sand. Towards the northern end of the beach are some interesting rock formations. These include a number of naturally formed rock arches and little caves. One thing to note if you…

  • Broad Haven Beach (6 miles)

    Broad Haven © Gordon Hatton | BY-SA

    The village of Broad Haven grew as a resort during the Victorian era. Despite its small size it has a rather grand seafront complete with promenade. Today it is still a popular spot, largely owing to the quality of the beach here which is a regular recipient of the Blue Flag award.

    At high tide all…

  • Nolton Haven Beach (6.3 miles)

    Nolton Haven © Tony Atkin | BY-SA

    Nolton Haven is a secluded sandy beach in the St Brides Bay area. It is set in a narrow inlet which is flanked by cliffs. The beach here is a mix of sand and pebbles but at low tide a narrow strip of sand emerges. If you plan to swim here you should exercise caution…

  • Little Haven Beach (6.3 miles)

    Little Haven © Christopher Davies | BY-SA

    Little Haven beach lies in St Bride’s Bay immediately next to the picturesque fishing village of the same name. The beach forms a natural cove, flanked on either side with rocks. Little Haven beach itself is a mix of wet sand and pebbles. When the tide is in the beach is really quite small but…

  • Gelliswick. Milford Haven Beach (7.4 miles)

    Gelliswick. Milford Haven © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    Gelliswick is a sheltered sand and shingle and sits in a bay close to Milford Haven. The beach got its name from the Vikings who invaded this part of the coast of Pembrokeshire which is why there is a ‘vik’ suffix applied to the name which means harbour. It used to be popular for swimming…

  • Bullslaughter Bay (13.2 miles)

    Bullslaughter Bay © Alistair Hare | BY-SA

    Despite the rather macabre sounding name, Bullslaughter Bay is actually a very pleasant little beach. Set in a cove of high limestone cliffs, punctuated by caves and arches this is a great spot for explorers of all ages. The inviting clean, clear water here is perfect for a paddle and swimming is generally safe, although…

  • Flimston Bay (13.1 miles)

    Flimston Bay © Alistair Hare | BY-SA

    Flimston Bay is another of Pembrokeshire's beautiful hidden beaches that fall within the Castlemartin MoD firing range. But the beach is rarely visited for a host of reasons; it more or less disappears at high tide; there is a lack of access several days a week because of military exercises; and the fact it is…

  • Newgale Sands Beach (7.7 miles)

    Newgale Sands © Grassrootsgroundswell | BY-SA

    Newgale Sands is definitely one of the biggest and quite possibly one of the best beaches in Wales. At over two miles long this vast sweep of pebble-backed sand has masses of space, which is fortunate because it is popular with just about everyone; families, surfers, kite-surfers and even dogs love Newgale.

    Newgale’s position on the…

  • Sandy Haven Beach (7.9 miles)

    Sandy Haven © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    Sandy Haven Beach sits on a large creek which flows from the Milford Haven Waterway between Dale and Milford Haven. When the tide is low there is just a small trickling stream left from the creek and which you can cross to the eastern shore. The beach here is mostly rocky but it does have…

  • Sleeping Bay (8.2 miles)

    Sleeping Bay © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    Sleeping Bay is a pretty little cove on the western side of Sandy Haven (just off Milford Haven). It is not a well known spot and not really a beach you would head to for a family day out. It is, however, a peaceful, sheltered spot with great views out over the waterway. The beach…

  • Pen-y-Cwm Beach (8.4 miles)

    Pen-y-Cwm © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    Pen-y-Cwm beach is located around a small headland from the better known Newgale beach. In fact this is probably the easiest way to reach the beach as it is accessible across the sand at mid to low tide. The beach itself has plenty of sand, although there are a lot of rocks around the shoreline.…

  • Freshwater West Beach (10.7 miles)

    Freshwater West © Mariosp | BY-SA

    Freshwater West Beach is a long strip of sandy beach which is backed by the extensive dune system of Broomhill Burrows. It is an area with a fascinating history as it was once used by smugglers as a place to stash their booty. 

    Located on Wales' exposed west coast the beach at Freshwater West picks up…

  • Broadhaven South Beach (13.5 miles)

    Broadhaven South © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    Broadhaven South Beach is a large expanse of sandy beach which stretches along a craggy coastline. The beach is a top spot for families although there is no lifeguard present. However, you will also find plenty of other seasonal amenities such as an ice cream stand.

    The beach sits in a secluded bay which is surrounded…

  • St. Ishmaels (Lindsway Bay) (8.9 miles)

    St. Ishmaels (Lindsway Bay) © Dara Jasumani | BY-SA

    St. Ishmaels Beach (Lindsway Bay) is located in Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire and is a small beach nestled close to the village of St. Ishmaels. The only way to get to the beach is to walk down a pretty coastal path, or you can also walk across some fields directly from the village. The walk…

  • Stackpole Quay Beach (12.5 miles)

    Stackpole Quay © Nigel Thompson | BY-SA

    Set along a stretch of coast best known for its beautiful sandy beaches is this hidden gem. Nestled in a gap in the wooded cliffs, this little cove is home to a small pebble beach and a quay.

    Stackpole Quay, as it is known, is part of the National Trust owned Stackpole Estate.…

  • Frainslake Sands Beach (11.6 miles)

    Frainslake Sands © Ian Paterson | BY-SA

    Frainslake Sands sits just south of Freshwater West and is a wide expanse of golden sand punctuated by the occasional rocky outcrop. Unfortunately for beachgoers Frainslake sits within the Castlemartin military firing range meaning it is mostly out of bounds to the general public. There is a very real danger of injury here as the…

  • Barafundle Bay (13 miles)

    Barafundle Bay ©

    The small but perfectly formed Barafundle Bay was once a relatively little known gem of the Pembroke coast. Then all of a sudden everybody wanted to give it an award and the secret was out. Blue Flag awards, features in Country Life and a place on numerous best of web features have all helped make…

  • Mowingword Bay (13.3 miles)

    Mowingword Bay © Alistair Hare | BY-SA

    About half a mile to the south of Barafundle Bay, on the far side of Stackpole Head, is Mowingword Bay. Relatively unheard of compared to its much vaunted neighbour the beach here rivals any in Wales.

    As well as a good stretch of golden sand (at low tide) Mowingword is home to a variety of

  • Porthmynawyd Beach (9.3 miles)

    Porthmynawyd © Alan Richards | BY-SA

    Not far from Newgale Sands is Porthmynawyd, yet another idyllic little Pembrokeshire cove which only really comes into its own as the tide goes out. Then you will find a lovely stretch of golden sand flanked by cliffs which offer some shelter from the wind. The cove here is generally a good spot for a…

  • West Angle Bay (9.9 miles)

    West Angle Bay © Colin Bell | BY-SA

    West Angle Bay Beach is a small, sheltered beach close to Milford Haven.

    The beach is made up of golden sand with rocky headlands at either end meaning it is protected from some of the wind. It is also something of a sun trap picking up the afternoon rays.

    The beach is popular for swimming and rockpooling,…

  • Freshwater East Beach (11.7 miles)

    Freshwater East © Geoff Cooper | BY-SA

    The sweeping sandy bay of Freshwater East is backed by sand dunes and sheltered by the headland of Trewent Point. This is one of the finest beaches on the Pembroke coast and has something for everyone. It’s a great family beach with conditions generally safe for swimming, although there is no lifeguard service. The beach…

  • Monk Haven Beach (9.7 miles)

    Monk Haven © Chris Gunns

    Set at the end of a wooded valley near the village of St Ishmaels is a cove that is every bit as tranquil as its name - Monk Haven. This comes from a monastic settlement that existed here long ago. Whilst no traces of the monks remain it is hard not to notice the high…

  • Abermawr Bay (12.8 miles)

    Abermawr Bay © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    The remote, rural beach at Abermawr Bay sits in a cove on the north Pembrokeshire coast and faces north-west. It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest along with the wider Abermawr area and is part of the pretty Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The beach itself is set between earthy cliffs and is…

  • Aberbach Beach (13 miles)

    Aberbach © Martyn Harries | BY-SA

    This small pebble cove sits at the bottom of a wooded valley. As the tide goes out, the beach becomes progressively more sandy. However, as the tide returns the beach shrinks rapidly. The name Aberbach means \"little river mouth\" and there is indeed a little river that runs down the northern side of the beach.…

  • Swanlake Bay (12.2 miles)

    Swanlake Bay © Rob Lowe | BY-SA

    Swanlake Bay beach is located in South Pembrokeshire and the only way to get here is to walk down the Pembrokeshire National Park Coastal Footpath. The closest car park is in Manorbier, so although it takes some effort to get here, it is more than worth it for those who make the journey. 

    As you would…

  • Pwllcrochan Bay (13.8 miles)

    Pwllcrochan Bay © Ceridwen | BY-SA

    The small bay of Pwllcrochan is located on a remote stretch of the north Pembrokeshire coast. To the north the beach is overlooked by the headland of Trwyn Llwyd and there are steep cliffs to the back. None of these provide much in the way of shelter as the beach is west facing so picks…

  • Watwick Beach (11.2 miles)

    Watwick © Gordon Hatton | BY-SA

    Watwick Bay is a small east-facing beach at the mouth of Milford Haven. It is set on the remote and narrow peninsula leading to St Annes Head. The beach is rather steep and is made up mostly of sand. In the summer months the beach gets the best of the sun due to its favourable…

  • Manorbier Bay (13 miles)

    Manorbier Bay © Reading Tom | BY-SA

    Often described as one of the most beautiful spots in Wales, Manorbier Bay is one of the area’s most popular beaches.

    The sandy shoreline of Manorbier Bay is surrounded by cliffs and dunes and the dramatic landscape makes the area extremely popular with walkers. A portion of the famous Pembrokeshire Coastal Path runs from Manorbier to…

  • Abercastle Beach (13.1 miles)

    Abercastle © Bob Jones | BY-SA

    Abercastle Beach sits on the north-west Pembrokeshire coast, which is often compared to Devon or Cornwall thanks to its picturesque scenery. The beach here is set in a sheltered cove and consists of sand mixed with shingle. The beach at Abercastle has a somewhat laid back atmosphere these days but was once known as Cwm…

  • Aberfelin Beach (13.1 miles)

    Aberfelin © Pauline Eccles | BY-SA

    This rocky little cove near the village of Trefin may not have miles of golden sand but it is great for exploring. It has a real air of history and as the tide drops out a plethora of rockpools are revealed. Beyond this there is sand. Also reachable at low tide is the small island…

  • Presipe Bay (13.5 miles)

    Presipe Bay © Ian S | BY-SA

    Presipe Bay is one of the beaches on the Pembrokeshire coast that can genuinely be described as a hidden gem. At low tide the beach here consists of a wide stretch of golden sand backed by stunning sandstone cliffs that will set any geologist's heart racing. These tall red cliffs are formed of vertical…

  • Presipe Bay (13.5 miles)

    Presipe Bay © Goc53 | BY-SA

    Presipe Bay is one of the beaches on the Pembrokeshire coast that can genuinely be described as a hidden gem. At low tide the beach here consists of a wide stretch of golden sand backed by stunning sandstone cliffs that will set any geologist's heart racing. These tall red cliffs are formed of vertical…

  • Conigar Pit Beach (13.7 miles)

    Conigar Pit Beach © Peter Mackenzie

    The secluded little Conigar Pit beach lies about halfway between the slightly better known beaches of Manorbier and Shrinkle Haven. It is formed of a twin cove tucked in behind Old Castle Head and joins up with neighbouring Presipe Bay towards low tide.

    At this state of tide there is a good area of sand and…

  • Skrinkle Haven Beach (13.7 miles)

    Skrinkle Haven © Roman Grac

    Skrinkle Haven beach sits between Old Castle Head and Lydstep Point and is located to the south-east of pretty Manorbier Village. There is a small bay here that is encircled by high cliffs and when the tide is low you will find a wide expanse of soft golden sand. To get to the beach you…

  • Church Doors Cove (13.7 miles)

    Church Doors Cove © N Chadwick | BY-SA

    Like neighbouring beaches along this stretch of the Pembrokeshire coast, Church Doors Cove is something of a geological wonder, and it is to this that the beach's name refers. The cove has sheer stratified sandstone cliffs to the rear and both sides. However, it is the huge, high-arched 'door' cut into the headland by the…

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