Recently I have spent a beautiful couple of days on Pembrokeshire hiking on the coastal path. The route followed the coastline and I enjoyed it so much I thought it would be a great walk to share with you.
It starts at the National Trust car park at Stackpole Quay, (Sat Nav SA71 5LS). A great place for the kids to go paddling. Makes sure you take OS landranger map 158 and a wind proof. If the weather isn’t great it will be windy on the cliffs so be careful. It is about a 6 mile walk and will take 2 to 3 hours.
Starting at Stackpole quay, a delightful little bay, walk along the coastal path keeping the sea to your left towards Barafundle bay. This walk takes you along high cliffs which are a haven for seabirds and occasionally Choughs can also be seen here.
Barafundle Bay has the reputation of being one of the best beaches in the UK. It is accessed from the path by some steepish steps and is certainly very sheltered and has beautiful sands. Descend onto the beach walk along it and exit from the beach up some more steps through a lovely wooded area.
The walk continues along the cliff edge to Broadhaven beach where you turn inland to Bosherton Lakes, also known as the Lily Ponds locally. To reach these lakes you walk across the Stackpole Warren Dunes. The lakes occupy 3 narrow valleys which were carved out by glacial meltwater in the carboniferous limestone of the area. They are important for the wildlife found there which includes otters, bats, birds and many wild flowers. It is also an important Stonewort area. Stoneworts are a type of green algae occurring in freshwater and may become calcified. Many British Stonewort species are under threat due to water pollution as they are very sensitive to nitrates and phosphates.
It is a beautiful area to walk around the lakes passing through many wooded areas. After enjoying the lake area walk up the left edge of the lakes with the water on your right to the second big bridge crossing the lakes. Follow this track left to right across the water and follow the track back across farmland to the car park.
If you’d like to join me for some hiking or mountaineering please get in touch on 07534 387152 or using the links below;