There are two Broad Haven beaches which form pearls in the necklace of Pembrokeshire’s seaside attractions. Broad Haven in St Brides Bay to the north and Broad Haven South between Stackpole and Bosherston is the other.
Broad Haven South is the seaward extremity of a major landscaping project carried out in Georgian and Victorian times by the wealthy Cawdor family, to enhance the surroundings of their elegant baronial mansion at Cawdor Court, Stackpole.
The beach is a popular spot for holiday makers and is accessible by car or by way of a pleasant walk from Stackpole Quay to the north-east or Bosherston to the north-west. The Bosherston route takes visitors past the beautiful lily ponds created by the Cawdor family, crossing two ornate bridges over the valley. The 4.6 square miles of the Stackpole Estate, including farmland, lakes, woodland, beaches and cliffs, is now in the control of the National Trust, which offers a wide range of activities in the old home farm buildings, the Victorian mansion having been demolished in 1967.
Broad Haven South is a lovely, sandy cove, and like nearby Barafundle beach, has attracted the film-makers as a picturesque, unspoiled location. In 1989 a television version of the C.S. Lewis story “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” was shot there, showing off its beautiful beach and cliff scenery to great effect.
Visitors may catch a glimpse of bottle-nosed dolphins or basking sharks offshore and the flora and fauna of the coast is breathtaking. Fulmars, shags, kittiwakes, house martins and razorbills all breed on the cliffs and the razorbill (known locally as the elligug) features on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park logo, for the beach is in the Park and flanked by the 180-mile long coastal footpath.