Guide to Barafundle, Bosherston and The Stackpole Estate
Barafundle Bay, voted Britain’s best beach in 2005
The National Trust’s Stackpole Estate encompasses 8 miles of breathtaking coastal scenery, including the beautiful Barafundle Bay, voted Britain’s best beach in 2005. The beach is only accessible on foot and is a half a mile walk from Stackpole Quay where there is a public toilet, the Boathouse Tearoom and a car park. The quay is a tiny natural harbour with barely enough room for two boats and is a charming spot.
Continuing along the coast from Barafundle, the next bay along is Broadhaven, a lovely small beach, also looked after by the National Trust. Inland from here is the tiny village of Bosherston , with its three lovely lily ponds or lakes. Originally created in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as coarse fishing lakes, they are now owned by the National Trust and have been landscaped and are a haven for wildlife such as otters and kingfishers. The lilies are beautiful, and the best time to go and see them is late spring / early summer, when they are in bloom. Fishing is still permitted at the lake and a day permit costing around £5 can be purchased from Ye Olde Worlde café in the village. For those seeking sustenance and accommodation in Bosherston, the welcoming St Govan’s Country Inn is a small pub, with an excellent selection of beers (2005 winner of Pembrokeshire Award for Real Ales) and well priced pub food. They also have a couple of en suite B&B rooms.
Nearby is the village of castlemartin and the amazing little St Govan's Chapel, nestled into the cliff overlooking the sea.
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015