We look forward to our Friday school half days. Friday morning is often stressful dashing about trying to get twice as much work done before it’s time to pick the kids up. But once the rush is over we can relax and enjoy our afternoon off. As you know one of our favourite places to visit is Broad Haven, but we try and do different things each time we go there. On this occasion, the tide was out so we made the most of this wand walked across Broad Haven Beach towards Little Haven:
Visiting Broad Haven Beach
We parked in the Broad Haven Board Walk car park (Sat Nav Postcode: SA62 3JU) which can be found just behind Broad Haven’s seafront. Turn off the main road at the Galleon Inn and head away from the beach. There is free parking (with a donation box for local causes) at the Trafalgar Terrace car park.
As we needed to have lunch, we planned to have chips on the beach as a treat. We arrived just as Beach Cafe Broad Haven had closed so we decided to have a play and walk on the beach and then chips later instead. Broad Haven is also the perfect spot for a picnic.
Once on the beach, the girls were immediately climbing and exploring.
The views are gorgeous in every direction at Broad Haven Beach. In the distance you can see Lion’s Rock.
Izzy still loves beachcombing and learning about the sea creatures. She found some kind of egg.
It looked a bit like a tadpole, we wondered if it was a jellyfish, cuttlefish or eel egg as we saw lots of these on the beach?
It became a big green blob once it was placed on her hand.
We also spotted creatures in the rock pools but if you want to see rock pools busting full of life we recommend you look in the pools at the Lion’s Rock end- they are full of wonderful creatures.
A crab, looking as if he’s about to burrow under the sand. Sadly we didn’t see him move when we observed him so we’re not sure if he’s alive.
A lesser sand eel (Ammodytes tobianus), you can see the hole it made when it was buried in the sand. Izzy also found some “leathery” bits of sand and strange shapes that she was intrigued by. I didn’t take a photo but someone else had asked about them in a local group on Facebook. We found out they were the egg collars left by the Moon Snail eggs- fascinating.
When the tide is out you can walk around the headlands onto the settlands. This is a lovely sheltered wide sandy bay to spend your day as long as you keep an eye on the tide.
Little Haven Beach
Further around after The Settlands you get to Little Haven Beach, a small sandy and rocky inlet. Little Haven is popular with boat users as it has a slipway. There is a cafe, pub, shops, toilets and a car park available at Little Haven.
You can also walk back along the road to Broad Haven but be careful as it’s narrow (and also not as scenic as walking across the beach).
If you’re planning to walk back to Broad Haven across the beach keep an eye on the tide.
Over on Little Haven if you make your way down the steep path you can come to a little pebble beach called ‘The Sheep Wash’. It’s so called because it was used by local farmers, 50 years ago, for washing sheep before shearing. It’s now a popular, sheltered, safe swimming cove.
Back to Broad Haven
We made our way back to Broad Haven as it was nearly time for the chippy to open!
Izzy continued to explore the rock pools along the way.
We got back to the girls and ordered our late lunch.
We sat and ate our chips, enjoying the view on the beach. it was a nice time relaxing in between the busy morning of work and school and a hectic evening with football.
If you’re looking for a longer walk, you could continue on from Little Haven and complete the Broad Haven to Martin’s Haven walk, which is 11 miles.
Broad Haven, we’ll be back soon…
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