The Stackpole Estate
Stackpole Estate encompasses Stackpole, the iconic 8 arch bridge, Bosherston Lilly Ponds, Stackpole Walled Gardens, Barafundle Bay Beach, Broad Haven South Beach, Stackpole Quay, this is a must for a day’s explore.
How to get around Stackpole Estate
The estate usually has a dedicated minibus that will ferry you around, free of charge, around all the different parts of Stackpole Estate. You can of course, walk it, but sometimes a nice little bus ride makes a welcome rest.
Each element of the estate is so different and they are all the epitome of beauty. Barafundle beach has been voted one of the best beaches in the world, and you only have to see it to understand why. To arrive at Barafundle you will most probably park at Stackpole Quay, so you can enjoy this little quay with a great café before you venture across the fields to get to Barafundle. Here you can have a go at kayaking and see the coast from another perspective-from the sea.
Bosherston Lily Ponds
Bosherston Lily ponds are a delight to walk around, myth has it that King Arthur’s sword is to be found in one of the ponds-so keep an eye out. Home to families of otters, be prepared to spend time having a picnic and watching the otters play below you when you are up above them on the low cliff overlooking the ponds.
Broad Haven South
Broad Haven South beach (there are two Broad Haven beaches in Pembrokeshire-this is B H South)is another stunning beach and well worth a days visit with its vast sand dunes and silky white sand, on a sunny day you could easily be in the Caribbean.
The walled gardens are a joy to visit and much of the produce is used in the café at the Walled Garden, visit at the right time and your senses will be overwhelmed with the fragrance of wild garlic-here in abundance.
All in all Stackpole Estate has probably got too much in it for one visit-you need to plan a few to really get the benefit of all the beauty that is here, never mind all the great cafes, eateries and Pubs you are likely to come across!
We loved paddling in the river feeding into Broad Haven south, we’ll bring our bathers next time’ Sonia, Aberystwyth
Jayne Hancock, owner of 28 Smokehouse Quay and Fields Lodge Boutique Bed & Breakfast
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