Stackpole is a pretty little village situated just 4 miles south of Pembroke and sat in-between Freshwater East and Bosherston, with a population of only 200. With its dramatically beautiful landscape, Stackpole is an area unsurprisingly popular at any time of the year. The village is located closely to a vast range of natural beauty spots, such as some of the most magnificent Blue Flag Award beaches in the country and attractions such as St Govan’s Chapel, Pembroke castle and Carew Go Karting.
The village is home to a number of character cottages and a well-respected inn, The Stackpole Inn, which occupies a 16th Century building. However, it is better known for Stackpole Estate, Stackpole Quay and Barafundle Bay- which was once described by The Sunday Times as “a desert island dream beach in Wales”.
Recognised as a National Nature Reserve, Stackpole estate’s grade 1 listed landscape once set a scenic backdrop to a since long gone grand house, Stackpole Court, owned by the Cawdor family. Although the house is no more, it’s not difficult to imagine what a beautifully majestic part of the area it was back in its day.
The village is encased by woodland and farmland. Just outside the village there is Stackpole’s Outdoor Learning Centre, a multi-use venue which is run by the National Trust. This sits nearby the neighbouring village of Bosherston, with its fabulous lily ponds and spectacular eight-arch bridge, and occupies a wonderfully tranquil part of the estate, all within a 1-mile walk to Broad Haven South beach.
The huge landscape that makes up Stackpole is accessible all year round, and there’s always something worth taking the time to see . The natural autumnal colours throughout Stackpole’s woodland is magnificent to see, whilst the fresh flourishing daffodils and snowdrops are splendid in spring. Bosherston’s lilies bloom in full splendour throughout summer and Lodge Park Woods provide a memorable stage of twiggy silhouettes in the winter period.
No doubt one of Pembrokeshire’s most breath-taking beaches, Barafundle consists of picturesque beauty, golden sands, and sparkling blue waters and is backed by dunes and trees. It’s easy to make comparisons to that of a Mediterranean location.
East facing and well sheltered from any winds, this is an ideal hideaway spot. The steep steps that descent from the cliff path down to the beach need to be respected, however the prize at the end is completely worth the stroll. There are toilets and a cafe at the car park half a mile away at Stackpole Quay, which can be accessed along the headland coastal path.
Stackpole estate is a beautiful stretch of coastline owned by the National Trust, with sandy beaches, wooded valleys and lily ponds. Stackpole is a international nature reserve with a footpaths from Stackpole Court. Lots of wildlife habitat from otters, water birds and dragonflies and cliffs tiny coves and sandy dunes. From Stackpole you can reach Barafundle Bay which is a walk along the cliff path and down steep steps. Stackpole Quay itself also has a tiny harbour used by local fishermen and small pleasure boats.
Stackpole Quay beach is a stony beach which is only revealed at low tide. Stackpole Quay is a small harbour set in the cliffs between Barafundle and Freshwater East, it is a favourite spot for kayakers as there are plenty of caves to explore. There are no dog restrictions.
Stackpole Walled Gardens on the National Trust estate at Stackpole. The Garden is managed by the trustees of Pembrokeshire Mencap Limted. The gardens has a large range of plants, fresh fruit and vegetables that you can buy in our Garden shop. Visit the tea room, Cawdors, where you can enjoy delicious homemade and locally sourced cakes and light snacks.
The Stackpole Inn is family friendly that offers high quality home cooked food. Open for lunch and evening meals, they can cater for any taste, from fresh local fish and shellfish to traditional Sunday Lunches.
A great selection of local Welsh real ales and full wine list available.
Please note: Wheelchair access is available.