Monk Haven Beach
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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 castellated wall that runs across the back of the beach. This is a much more recent addition, being built by the 19th century owners of the estate that backs onto the beach - the Warren-Davis family of Trewarren. There are also the remains of a watchtower a little way along the coast path from here.
Today the estate is largely farm land and the manor house (which was actually a vicarage) is run as a B&B.
Looking out over the mouth of Milford Haven the beach here is both sheltered and offers great views over the waterway and beyond. To either side of the narrow bay are red sandstone headlands, providing further shelter from the breeze.
Withthe only access to the general public being a walk along the footpath from St Ishmaels church Monk Haven is always a peaceful spot.
Type of beach
Sand & pebble
Dogs friendly beach?
OS grid ref.
SM 8283 0645
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