At high tide the beach is a narrow strip at the head of the inlet but at low tide the harbour is completely dry with the exception of a stream that runs down the middle of the harbour, providing hours of entertainment catching fish, shrimp and crabs.
If you head down the beach towards the mouth of the inlet a large stretch of sand is revealed with plenty of rock pools and caves to explore. The bathing here is very shallow and very good for small children.
At high tide, jumping off the harbour wall provides hours of fun. Several paths lead up to The Gribbin with superb views.
Running parallel to Solva, on the other side of the ridge is another narrow valley, which ends up at an idyllic little pebble beach.
Both these valleys are meltwater valleys created during the last ice age.
If you’re planning to visit, check out the tide times to make sure you’ve plenty of beach to play on and that you don’t get cut off by the incoming tide!
Limited parking at the harbour car park.
On shore facilities
Solva is a bustling tiny village with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs. There are art galleries, deli and gift shops. There is a good selection of B&Bs, guesthouses and self catering accommodation as well as caravan and camping sites in the area. One mile upriver is Solva Woollen Mill producing some distinctive quality fabrics. There’s also a cafe.