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THE HAVENS COMMUNITY

Broad Haven has been one of the most popular beaches in Pembrokeshire since the 19th century with both visitors and locals alike, largely on account of its nearness to Haverfordwest (approx. 10 kms away). A large, west facing, open expanse of beach, it is hemmed in at each end by cliffs which attract geologists from all over Britain because of their unique features. These include a number of stacks, the most impressive of which is Den's Door at the north end of the beach, with two arches through its base.

Also of interest is the intense folding and shattering of the cliffs, and the huge 'whaleback' rock known as the Sleek Stone, again at the north end of the beach. When visiting these features, be careful not to get cut off by the incoming tide. Broad Haven is a popular bathing beach, and can also attract sail boarders and surfers when conditions are suitable. There are good views across to the St. David's Peninsula on clear days. The beach is a winner of a Tidy Britain Group Seaside Award (Rural Beach) in 1999, and the water quality is good (complies with EC mandatory standard). Water quality results are displayed by the access point at the south end of the beach.

Byelaws apply, for details contact Pembrokeshire County Council's beaches section. Tel: 01437 763450


There is little record of the origins of the village but it probably began as a small fishing community. Since the 18th Century, however, it has gained a reputation as a seaside resort and today the tourist industry is an important element in the local economy, in many ways shaping the character of the settlement.

The B4341 road from the county town forms the promenade, overlooking the Broad Haven, a broad, extensive and safe, sandy beach.

Evidence of the Pembrokeshire coal measures is to be seen in the spectacularly folded cliffs.

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