Little Haven Beach
Little Haven is a small cove into which the roads from three directions drop steeply to the water’s edge.
Tucked under the cliffs, its main street passing through the valley parallel with the little stream which runs out over the beach into St Brides Bay, the village is reminiscent of the quaint coves of Cornwall and Devon, the road from nearby Broad Haven snaking in round a savage hairpin bend.
Little Haven, like many other places around St Brides Bay, was once involved in the mining of coal and near Musselwick to the west of the village there are two places where coal seams can be seen high up in the cliff face, with signs of collapsed 16th - 18th century mines nearby. There are also the remains of an Iron Age fort on the cliff. Little Haven is a busy little boating beach with a long slipway for launching yachts and fishing boats and the sands, when the tide is low, are popular with small children who can safely paddle or explore the rock pools. In summer many locals go out fishing for mackerel, which come into the bay in large shoals, and some unusual visitors have been recorded in recent years, including a massive sun fish which leaped into a local man’s rowing boat. The short climb to The Point affords a splendid view across St Brides Bay and the village has a couple of good pubs, shops, an art gallery, and a village hall which hosts an annual art exhibition.
Led by inadequate SatNavs several large vehicles have had to be rescued by large tractors, one straying juggernaut recently blocking the road for hours before it was extricated.
Little Haven hit the international headlines in the 1970s when strange and inexplicable happenings occurred, local school children at Broad Haven reporting a cigar-shaped yellow craft in a field near the school. The headmaster asked the children to draw pictures of what they saw and was surprised by the similarity of the detail in their sketches. A fortnight later teachers and dinner ladies reported seeing the same strange yellow craft, also spotting a weird humanoid creature going into it.
Further strange sightings were recorded elsewhere in the district and the area was dubbed “The Broad Haven Triangle,” by the Press. Two creatures clad in silver space suits were spotted shortly afterwards by a couple farming at St Brides and more sightings of strange UFOs were logged in the vicinity of Little Haven and Broad Haven before the mysterious happenings suddenly ended. Two books were written about it and a retired Vet living just along the coast at Roch, who had an interest in such things, started investigating the phenomena. But he suddenly stopped delving, giving the explanation that certain things he had discovered had alarmed him and that he felt threatened by whole business. It ended his interest in the occult and the UFO scenario and he refused to be drawn on the subject until he died.