During half term, Danny went camping with friends at Broad Haven . It can be difficult to find campsites that are suitable for 16 year olds to stay (many campsites will only accept bookings from 18+), but we found a solution by booking the bell tents at YHA Broad Haven. In between dropping him and his bags off, we enjoyed some time on Broad Haven beach too, take a look:
During the holidays (between March – November), a trip to Broad Haven is no longer a free day out, but it is still an affordable one. Parking costs from 50p for 1 hour to £5 for 24 hours. I prefer to park in the large car park near the YHA Broad Haven (postcode: SA62 3JH) and there is also a smaller car park on Marine Road (postcode: SA62 3JR). Both car parks have nearby toilets (there is a charge of 40p for use of the Marine Road public conveniences).
We spent the first part of our day at Broad Haven up the “chippy” side of the beach. We met up with family who were down for a half term break. Caitlyn and I spent our time in the sea jumping over waves with her cousins, while Izzy and Dave explored the rocks looking for crabs and other sea creatures. Our time in the sea was idyllic, we were out deep and the waves were high, I wish I’d brought some inflatables but we had fun regardless. I would love a new action camera so we can can capture this water fun too as it makes up most of our time on the beach really. We couldn’t swim for long as the waves were fast and furious but we managed a couple of strokes whenever there was a moment of calm.
At one point, it clouded over and began to rain lightly. While we have spent some gloriously hot days at Broad Haven, I always say prepare for rain if you go there as we seem to often experience showers when we visit. Thankfully, we don’t mind, especially when we’re getting wet swimming anyway!
It soon dried up and we walked across the beach to explore the other side (nearest YHA Broad Haven). The kids love the rocks, rock pools and caves over here. It’s great to spend a whole day here so you have time to make the most of the whole beach.
Broad Haven is famous for “Lion Rock”, a stack resembling a wild cat.
Last year the cave was closed for safety reasons but we’re delighted that it is now open once more.
The kids also enjoyed playing cricket and football too.
Izzy was delighted to be able to explore the caves with Dave once more. They are fascinating, although I’ll never be a fully fledged caver as I get too claustrophobic once I’m into the crawling tunnels.
Now the cave has reopened we can once again take our “view from a cave” shots.
There was a tiny baby crab walking around this mussel shell.
Before we left it was time for the girls to gently release their creatures and return shells back to their home.
When our day was over I really wished that we were staying in Broad Haven too but sadly it wasn’t to be. When I was younger we spent many happy holidays in the nearby campsite and I’m definitely going to book a bell tent for us one night, so we can pretend to be holiday makers once more for one night in Broad Haven…
Visit Broad Haven
Park: Marine Road (SA62 3JR) or YHA Broad Haven (SA62 3JH) from £1 to £5 for 24 hours (pay only 1 March – 31 October)
Toilets: In Marine Road car park – 40p and close to YHA Broad Haven car park
Eat: Bring a picnic or shop at Londis.
Have “Chips on the Beach” from Beach Cafe
The Ocean Cafe Bar and Restaurant
Pub Grub: The Galleon Inn
During the holidays there is usually an ice cream van parked on the sea front (Lion Rock side).
Stay: YHA Broad Haven
Shop: General supplies- Londis
Sports and hire: Haven Sports
Souvenirs: Purely Pembrokeshire
Pin for later: