St Ishmaels is a pretty village located between the estuary town of Milford Haven and the seaside village of Dale.
St Ishmaels 12th Century Church, located on the outskirts of the village is divided by a pretty little stream and is said to be the site where St Ishmael founded his church, back in the 6th Century. In St Ishmaels there is a pub, The Brook Inn, which has been the centre of the community since the 1880’s. The Brook is renowned for it’s cosy and welcoming atmosphere and serves great food on weekends. There is also a garden centre with popular cafe.
The nearby beach of Lindsway bay is only a 10 minute walk from the village, across open playing fields or alternatively, can be accessed from the Coastal Path. The steps down to the beach are steep, however the beach that you will discover is a great reward. Time it right with the tides and you’ll be greeted by an expanse of beautiful sand, ample amounts of rock pools and large majestic cliffs.
The beaches of St Brides & Martin's Haven are only a short drive away and are the departure points for the boat to Skomer Island. Skomer Island is a stunning location where you can spot seals, puffins, dolphins, porpoise and a variety of seabird species. Make sure you bring a camera.
Lindsway Bay is a sandy cove situated less than 1 mile from St Ishmaels. It is a lovely bathing spot for families, along with being popular with surfers. The nearest parking is in St Ishmaels village by the sports field. From here take the footpath along the west side of the field to the coast path, follow the coast path for approx 200 yards eastwards. Access to the beach is then down a steep zig-zag path with stone and concrete steps. At the bottom it is a short walk over the sandstone boulders to reach the sand. Once you get to the sand, you'll know it was worth the little stroll!
A large expanse of subtly coloured sand is revealed at this estuary when the tide retreats. Suitable for bathing, although swift currents do arise at some stages of the tide. There are many rock pools for youngsters to explore as well as the stream and stepping stones on the western side - care needed when tide is coming in. There is a free car park on the grass which is adjacent to the footpath. This lovely and secluded beach is also open to dogs all year around.