Little Haven

Dipping layers and caves

Although fossils can be found at this location, it is the wildlife and geological features of the area that are the real treats. Fossil plant remains can be found in the cliffs and loose rocks.


♦ Little Haven village is approached by quaint country lanes. Once within the village, the local pay and display car park can be used. From here it is a short walk to the beach.
♦ To get out of the bay in front of the village and explore to the north and the south, the location must be visited at low tide or near to low tide. There is a possibility of getting cut off by a rising tide but on the north side at least you can escape at Broad Haven should this be necessary.
♦ Fossils are found on both sides of the bay.♦ Ref: 51.77181°N, 5.11298°W


FIND FREQUENCY: ♦ – Carboniferous plant fossils can be found in the cliffs and in the loose rocks both to the north and to the south of the village. These are generally poorly preserved, but if you are lucky better specimens may be found.
CHILDREN: ♦♦♦♦♦ – Little Haven has a sandy beach and plenty of rock pools for children to enjoy. There are few hazards and the walk to the various fossil hunting areas is relatively short.
ACCESS: ♦♦♦♦♦ – Little Haven beach is within easy access from the village’s pay and display car park. From the bay in front of the village you must go north or south to find fossils and to view the geological features. There are no particularly difficult obstacles to overcome at this location.
TYPE: – Plant fragments can be observed and collected from shale blocks found below the cliffs. Many interesting geological features can be observed along this stretch of coastline.


There are many interesting geological features to be seen at Little Haven. These include deformed rock layers, caves and near perpendicular bedding. In a few areas there are shale blocks that have fallen from the cliffs. These contain poorly preserved plant fossils.

Small pieces of coal can also be found and thin seams of coal can be observed in the cliffs. Shale blocks can be found in the coves either side of Little Haven Bay. Sandstone blocks are also present. If you have a look around you will easily find them. Interesting geological features are abundant.

Imprint of wood in sandstone boulder


The geology is Carboniferous, Silesian, Westphalian 306 to 308 mya.

Shale outcrop


The biggest risk at Little Haven is from the incoming tide. Make sure you have consulted the tide time tables before you visit the location and if you intend to go exploring, do so on a falling tide.


Most fossils at Little Haven can be collected from small boulders at the base of the cliff or within the cliff.


This site is an SSSI. This Special Site of Scientific Interest, means you can visit the site, but hammering the bedrock is not permitted.

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