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St Bride's Haven

St Brides BayThose who like their beaches full of character will enjoy St Brides. Situated on the Dale Peninsular (itself a unique place) St Brides Haven is a small bay with sand, shingle and rocks. The sheltered beach is accessed via a tiny path, but note that access may be difficult for those with some disabilities. Above the beach are stone structures that were once lime kilns.

When we first visited, a boat left the bay for the island of Skomer (these now depart from Martin's Haven - more).

St Brides Bay faces north-west and is on the Irish Sea. It is a sun trap in the summer, but can be very windy in the winter. Far from being a disadvantage, this wind whips up the sea to make a spectacular scene - but wrap up warm!. A couple of houses are perched right on the edge of the bay, giving the appearance of a set for a movie about 18th century smugglers.

The tiny village has a few parking spaces on grass, and public toilets. On approaching the bay, the magnificent St Brides Hall can be seen on the horizon.

St Bride,s beach
St Bride's beach has sand and rocks and a variety of coloured soils

Beach at St Bride's Haven
A sun trap with many nooks and crannies to explore

Lime kiln at St Bride's, Pembrokeshire
Above the beach is this old lime kiln, and in the distance an imposing
(now holiday appartments). [Those who are fascinated by lime kilns
in Pembrokeshire - and who isn't! - should check this web site]


St Brides is down a small road off the B4327 which runs from Haverfordwest to Dale.

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St. David's and St.Bride's Bay: Postcards of Yesteryear

The Ordnance Survey Guide to Smuggler's Britain


The Rough Guide to Walescover



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