Marloes Deer Park

Ponies grazing on the Deer Park

Perched on the clifftop, the Deer Park was once home to an Iron Age settlement. Now it’s the ultimate vantage point for spotting seals in the bays below and unearthing historic finds.

You can actually still walk up through the ramparts of the Deer Park’s Iron Age fort. It dates back more than 2,000 years and is the largest promontory fort in South Wales.

With its towering coastal location, it’s easy to see how the fort was so well defended.

A Deer Park without any deer...

Despite its name, you won’t find any deer here. The name itself relates to a failed attempt to establish a deer park in the late 18th to early 19th century.

Instead, look out for seals and birds; they’re aplenty in these parts. You’ll spot Atlantic grey seals and their pups on the shore in late summer and several pairs of chough are known to breed in the area too.

The site comprises of coastal heathland, a windswept strip of colour and wilderness that’s shaped by nature. To keep the habitat in tip-top condition, you’ll also see Welsh mountain ponies grazing here.

Video

Marloes Deer Park

Join National Trust Ranger Matt Thompson as he explains why it's such a special place for seals, seascapes and taking a break from it all.

Wooltack Point is for view-finders

Head to the very tip of the Deer Park and you’ll reach Wooltack Point, a must-visit for picture-perfect scenery. It offers panoramic views of St Bride’s Bay and the wider seascape.

You’ll find the old coastguard hut nearby too, this is now operated by the National Coastwatch Institute.