Little Haven

Coordinates: 51°46′26″N 5°06′25″W / 51.774°N 5.107°W / 51.774; -5.107
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Little Haven
Little Haven is located in Pembrokeshire
Little Haven
Little Haven
Location within Pembrokeshire
Principal area
Preserved county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHaverfordwest
Postcode districtSA62
Dialling code01437
FireMid and West Wales
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51°46′26″N 5°06′25″W / 51.774°N 5.107°W / 51.774; -5.107

Little Haven (Welsh: Hafan Fach)[citation needed] is a village at the south-east corner of St Bride's Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Together with Broad Haven to the north, Little Haven forms The Havens community for which the 2001 census recorded a population of 1,328.

Little Haven

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs through the village. Since May 2012, this route has also formed a part of the Wales Coast Path. At low tide it is possible to walk north along the sandy shore from Little Haven via a larger bay known as the Settlands, past a second point ('The Rain') to the wider bay at Broad Haven.[1] There is an Anglican church in Little Haven.


Little Haven lies at the westernmost edge of the Pembrokeshire Coalfield. The local rocks are assigned to the South Wales Lower and Middle Coal Measures formations. They largely comprise faulted mudstones with thin and contorted coal seams though the cliffs to the north and the south of the bay are formed in sandstones. Woodlands Colliery once worked seams such as the Crane Vein inland of the village. The Howelston Level was driven into the ground south of the village.[2] The east–west aligned fault runs inland from the bay whilst a series of north–south aligned faults affect the rocks of the Point to its south. The floor of the valley stretching southwestwards from the village is filled by more recent alluvial deposits.[3]


Little Haven has been an agricultural, fishing and coal-mining area for some centuries; coal was loaded on to coasters from the beach. Since the early 19th century. with the decline of industry in the 20th century, its primary focus has been development as a seaside resort.[4] There are many holiday lets in the village along with three public houses.

The Swan Inn

Little Haven, including the Swan Inn, is the filming location for the S4C romantic comedy series Cara Fi (English: Love Me), starring Steffan Rhodri, first aired on 9 November 2014.[5]


In response to the rise in visitors to the beaches and waters of the Havens. RNLI lifeboat was stationed at Little Haven from 1882 to 1921. In 1967, the lifeboat station was reopened with an inshore lifeboat and the station name was changed to Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat Station.[6]


  1. ^ 1:25,000 scale Explorer map OL36 South Pembrokeshire/De Sir Benfro. Ordnance Survey.
  2. ^ Connop Price, M.R. (2004). Pembrokeshire: the Forgotten Coalfield. Landmark Publishing, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. ISBN 1843060949.
  3. ^ British Geological Survey 1:50,000 scale geological map sheet 226/227 (England & Wales) Milford. 1978.
  4. ^ "Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority - Little Haven". Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Fall in love with Little Haven in new S4C rom-com". Western Telegraph. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Little and Broad Haven lifeboat station". Retrieved 6 March 2016.

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