We took advantage of the long Easter weekend to head West to Pembrokeshire and do a spot of walking to aid in my preparation for the 3 peaks, which is now only about 14 weeks away. We’d planned to do a small section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which in full runs for 186 miles from St Dogmeals in the North to Amroth in the South, and as the name suggests, follows the coast as it winds round beaches, bays and cliffs.
One of our favourite places to visit is Bosheston and the lily ponds and Broadhaven beach, so we decided to park up at Broadhaven and walk to Stackpole Quay and back along the cliff tops.
I’ve highlighted the two points in the map below. I’m unsure of the total distance as on the way to Stackpole we cut off most of the headlands, but on the way back we walked all round them. I have a feeling it was probably around 7.5 miles in total.
The weather was windy and cold, but dry and sunny so we’d dressed accordingly wrapping up but also donning the sunglasses for the bright sunlight (cue me looking a bit like the guy from fonejacker)
I didn’t opt to take my full SLR camera but of course had my mobile on hand to take some snaps of the walk.
The first section involved walking down from the car park to Broadhaven beach and then across the beach and up the other side. This is the view back across Broadhaven once we’d crossed.
One of the many highlights of the walk is Barafundle Bay, a beautiful beach which is nicely secluded and a little walk away from the nearest car park. This is the view as you approach from the Broadhaven side.
And this is the view back across Barafundle Bay from the Stackpole side.
As you approach the beach from the Broadhaven side you have to drop down through a small wooded section to reach the beach. First you go through a stile and then down some steps through the trees. I really liked the curved shapes of the trees and branches, I imagined them being really eerie at night with a howling wind.
Once we’d reached Stackpole Quay it was time for a short stop and coffee break before turning back and retracing our steps.
On the way back I noticed quite a few of these markers all with unique numbers and labelled ‘Survey Marker’, I’m not quite sure what they’re used for, but kind of made a guess they’re used in ordnance survey mapping to calculate the lay of the land.
The walk back took a lot longer as we weaved our way around the headlands and stopped to take more photos.
I also tried out a couple of panoramic photos to try and capture more of the surroundings. If you click on the images below, they’ll take you to flickr where you can view them larger to see more of the details.
With all the photos done, all that was left to do was cross the beach and climb our way back up to the car park.
Thanks for reading,