St Brides Bay forms a part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park which was designated in 1951 in recognition of the outstanding quality of its landscape. The bay's coast is dotted with small villages including St Brides, Martin's Haven, Little Haven, Broad Haven, Nolton Haven, Newgale and Solva, whilst Britain's smallest city, St David's lies nearby. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path follows its entire coastline.
In and around Nolton Haven
The little beach at Nolton Haven is a nice, sandy and sheltered cove with high cliffs on both sides. Next to the car park is The Mariners Inn open during the day in the summer season for drinks and lunch. Plant fossils are found in large boulders and rocks at the base of the cliffs and, in some places, veins of coal can be seen. The shallow fall of the beach allows perfect swimming conditions for swimmers and children. during a high tide sea fishermen can be seen on the pebble shore.
Druidstone and Little Haven
Druidstone Hotel was the family home in 1972 when Rod and Jane Bell opened it to guests. Stone built around 1850 and substantially altered towards the end of the 1890's. The house stands in 20 acres of wild garden on the cliff above the safe, sandy beach of Druidston Haven.Children and pets are made welcome and the atmosphere encourages visitors to treat the place as a second home.
Little Haven is just over the hill from Broad Haven and has a few shops and pubs. Like Newgale watersports are popular. Little Haven really lives up to its name for it is just a little haven. With a couple of shops and a couple of pubs, it is not commercialised but is very popular with families in the summer. When the tide is out, there are clean sands to play on, rocks to clamber over - just what young children want.
Newgale and Solva
Newgale provides the ideal location for water sports. There is always plenty of space on the long, two mile stretch of flat sand and whilst the Atlantic Ocean rollers ensure some exciting surf, it is a safe beach for the young and not so expert.As well as watersports, Newgale is renowned amongst walkers and sunbathers alike.
Solva, jewel of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, situated within an ancient harbour on the beautiful West Wales coast.An ideal location for walking, sailing or simply relaxing amongst the many local craft shops, art galleries, pottery and gift shops set in beautiful scenery. Solva has many resturants catering for all tastes and budgets, making it a perfect place to visit for a walkers lunch or for a relaxed evening meal.