Bac Lava: A treasure of a sea swim on the south Pembrokeshire coast. We were seduced by the map into visiting Newgale Sands and Druidston Haven beaches first, thinking that bigger (long stetches of sand) was going to be better, but in high winds and surf they can be a little unapproachable for the swimmer.
Not so Broad Haven, a sandy little beach surrounded by dunes and a backdrop of moorland, with 'Church Rock' to swim out to or around. How far it is offshore depends on the tide, and how close you want to get depends on the amount of swell, but we went at slack low tide, and it was just a few hundreds metres. Tides here are big - up to 8 metres. Swimming out to it on an incoming tide would be most sensible. Tea and scones are recommended afterwards at Mrs Weston's Olde Worlde Cafe' at Bosherston, or try St. Govan's Inn is also there if a pint is preferred. There is basic camping at Trevallen Farm, generally quiet but can get busy at bank holidays, but not Cornwall or South Coast busy. Walkers can enjoy a good walk along the coast path to Stackpole Quay. The nearby'Lily Ponds' are also worth a look while in the area. They were formed by the Stackpole Estate in the 18th-19th centuries by blocking three narrow limestone valleys and they are now protected as a nature reserve.
To find it, cross Board Haven beach, scramble over the rock to the path, and it is sign posted from here with a couple more beaches on the way. This part of the Pembrokeshire coast is very popular with climbers due the vast amount of cliffs which offers some of the best climbing in the UK.