Places to visit whilst you’re at our Retreat

We’re off on our 2013 Retreat this weekend!

It’s come around incredibly quickly and all the final preparations are coming together. In the build up to the weekend, we’ve been posting advance previews here on the blog. A few weeks ago we announced the full details and how you could book, we gave you 10 reasons why you should join us, and last week we let you in on the details of what we’ll be doing during our organised programme.

Our deadline has officially passed and we have over 30 people booked in, but there may be a couple of spaces left if you decide to come last minute.

Here’s our final preview post with some information about the town of Broadhaven, and suggestions for things to do and places to visit during your free time on Saturday:

A huge thank you to Sara for putting this list together for us.

Broad Haven

Broad Haven

We’ve booked out the local Youth Hostel in the beautiful village of Broad Haven on the coast of Pembrokeshire. As well as having the whole hostel to ourselves, it’s also a stones throw away from a great beach. The beach itself is apparently great for watersports (for those who feel like braving the cold!) and has some shops and places to eat nearby.

Beaches

Besides the beach in Broad Haven itself, there are loads (and we mean loads…) of other amazing beaches to explore nearby:

Little Haven Beach (1.1 miles away)

An old fishing village with steep streets that descend to a stony beach. There is a walk along the beach to Broad Haven with caves and rockpools. It has its own restaurants and pubs.

To find Little Haven follow the coast road south from Broad Haven.

St Brides Haven Beach (1.2 miles away)

A small cove with sand exposed at low tide and shingle/pebbles further up the beach. There are many rockpools to explore and the cove provides good views across St. Brides Bay.

To find it follow one of the small lanes that lead off the B4327.

Druidstone Haven Beach (2.7 miles away)

A remote beach for exploring its big caves and rocks.
There is no car park and space along the small road has to be found to park. There are no toilets or other facilities.

Nolton Haven Beach (3.8 miles away)

A sheltered shingle cove which also offers a sandy beach area.

It can be found on the coast road between Newgale and Broad Haven or by following the signs from the A487.

West Dale Beach (5.6 miles away)

A sand and shingle bay surrounded by steep unstable old red sandstone cliffs. The bay itself is West South West facing and therefore takes the brunt of the stormy seas. It has difficult access, strong rip tides, submerged outcrops, unpredictable currents and sometimes powerful waves although this does not deter the many surfers who use the beach. There are no amenities at the beach, but the nearby village of Dale offers shops, pub and accommodation. Limited parking is available along the roadside, from where it is a 10 minute walk along the coast path to the beach.

Newgale Beach (6.5 miles away)

The ideal location for water sports with dramatic views. 2 mile stretch of flat sand and whilst the Atlantic Oce. It is a safe beach for the young and not so expert with free parking and also a small picnic area.

It is situated midway between Haverfordwest and St. Davids on the main A487 road. There is a cafe at both ends of the beach and the Duke of Edinburgh Inn is next to Newsurf on the sea front.

Marloes Sands Beach (6.9 miles away)

An isolated stretch of sand with rocky outcrops along its length. From the beach there are good views out to Skokholm and Gateholm Islands.

To get to Marloes Sands, head to Marloes on the B4327 and just before the church in the village of Marloes turn left where you will find the car park and a signpost for the 1km walk to the beach.

Martins Haven Beach (8.9 miles away)

A small stony beach which has the embarkation point for boat trips to Skomer and Skokholm Islands. It has a National Trust car park is 200m from the ‘beach’.

As well as the beaches there’s a couple of great attractions nearby:

St Davids

St David's Cathedral

Britain’s smallest city located in Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park, far west of Wales. Situated below the tiny city is the beautiful St David’s Cathedral, purported to be one of the most ancient cathedrals in the UK.

(13.5 miles away)

Folly Farm

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If you’re looking for some excitement, Folly Farm is an adventure park and zoo with the perfect combination of tides, attractions and animals.You can walk around Follywood, have a look in the Jolly Barn and spend hours killing time in the Vintage Funfair.

(21 miles away)

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Broadhaven on Friday for a great weekend!

About the author: James Henley
James Henley
James has been with The Lab since 2007 and leads our team. He's an ordained pioneer minister in the Church in Wales.
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