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Stackpole's wildlife walk

A leisurely walk (coast) in national park Pembrokeshire Coast in Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), Wales, about 7.11km (4.42 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:45. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 63m (206ft)
Loss 53m (173ft)
Max. Elevation 40m (131ft)
Elevation (total) 116m (379ft)
Start & End
Stackpole Quay
Distance 7.11km
(4.42mi)
Duration ~1:45
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Created by Anonymous Walker on 25 Jan 2013
This walk takes in some of the finest wildlife habitats in Pembrokeshire: limestone cliffs with breeding seabirds, beaches, dunes and freshwater lakes. The Coastal Cruiser buses from Pembroke run on recycled vegetable oil, so even lower emissions from your journey! They run daily in summer, less frequently in winter.

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Walk Map

Waypoints

OS Grid SR994958
From Stackpole Quay, follow the coast path to Barafundle. Pause at the top of the steps to look down on Stackpole Quay, and at the change from limestone to old Red sandstone to your left.
Barafundle Bay About 0.77 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid SR990952
When you reach Barafundle, go down the steps to the sands. Cross the beach, and climb the steps through the woodland on the far side.
Stackpole Head About 1.09 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SR994942
Follow the coast path towards Stackpole Head, pausing on your way to admire Lattice Windows, the natural stone arches below you. On Stackpole Head in spring and summer look for breeding seabirds on the ledges.
Stackpole's Warren About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SR987945
Continue along the coast path, with the expanse of Stackpole Warren’s grassland on your right. In spring and summer this is rich in wild flowers and butterflies.
Broad Haven beach About 0.97 km (~0.6 miles) from
OS Grid SR977943
Several possible routes take you down to the shore of the Bosherston Lakes. Aim for the lake outlet at the back of Broadhaven Beach. The narrow fringing reedbed is a great place for birdwatching – breeding birds in summer, bitterns and water rails in winter.
Western Arm path for Bosherston About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
OS Grid SR973945
Cross the tiny stone bridge over the spillway and follow the Western Arm path towards Bosherston. You can pause in Bosherston for refreshments; otherwise, stay on the path.
Bosherston Causeway About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid SR974949
Cross the Bosherston Causeway, climb over the limestone bluff and cross the Central Causeway. These are the famous lily ponds. Look for water lilies from June to September. Follow the path down to the Grassy Bridge.
Eight Arch Bridge About 0.37 km (~0.23 miles) from
OS Grid SR971952
Don't cross the Grassy Bridge, but turn left and follow the Eastern Arm footpath up to the Eight Arch Bridge.
Deer Park track About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SR981955
Cross the Eight Arch Bridge, and follow the Deer Park track back to Stackpole Quay. Finish your walk at the Boathouse Tea-room with some well-deserved refreshments.
Stackpole Quay About 1.09 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SR992958
Finish the walk at Stackpole Quay once again.

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