Blog from Rachel Mullett of Pembrokeshire Moments.
The Stackpole Estate is a great place for walking and exploring with or without children. It also offers two of our finest beaches to walk or play on. The National Trust organises many activities from early morning otter spotting to bushcraft. If you are a National Trust member you can park free at Broadhaven South or Bosherton. The centre will provide you with maps and has gifts for sale too. The estate has had many owners, but unfortunately the fine house was taken down in 1963 – The National trust took over the grounds and ponds to save for the public to enjoy.
Close to the centre is the walled garden – now run by a charity that is well worth supporting. Children love the crocodile and wildflower meadows – you can pick strawberries, buy vegetables and eat in the Cawdor cafe.
I love to walk down to the eight-arched bridge and over to Stackpole Quay ( where there is another cafe and toilets). If you climb the steps from here and look back there are wonderful views of the geology – with clear strata lines in the cliffs.
A flat walk to Barafundle Bay, which always features high up in polls for the most beautiful beach in the world. if you walk down and across the beach and up again you then have another flat stretch to Broadhaven South. You have two choices – left along the cliffs fro stunning views or the shortcut across the fields – listen to the skylarks soaring above you. After the beach at Broadhaven South, you can take the path along the side of the lily ponds – left if you parked in Bosherton or turn right if you the bridge and Stackpole Centre.