Go on a Seashore Safari at Stackpole
This summer we're inviting you to swap Barafundle Bay for Broad Haven South and embark on a Seashore Safari. Our exciting new nature trail takes in beautiful coastline and the hidden Mere Pool Valley. By swapping your seaside site, you’re helping us to conserve our coastline for future generations to enjoy!
This summer holidays, more than 40,000 people are expected to visit one of the best beaches in the world, Barafundle Bay. Only half that will visit neighbouring beach, Broad Haven South, just 2.6 miles away.
So we've created a Seashore Safari around this hidden gem of a beach, not just for families to discover the quieter spots on the Stackpole Estate, but to help ease the pressure on the coastline.
What does the Seashore Safari involve?
The Seashore Safari is a family-friendly trail that starts from Broad Haven South car park. It's an easy route that encompasses the beach and dunes of this special place, along with the Mere Pool Valley.
All you need to do is follow the sandcastle waymarkers along the route, have fun with our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities and see what wildlife and plantlife you can spot on the way. Things you might see include dragonflies, damselflies, chough and marine finds such as mermaid's purse and fisherman's soap (whelk eggs).
The Seashore Safari is running daily throughout the holidays, pick up a map from the team in the car park and get exploring!
Swapping Barafundle for Broad Haven South
Swapping Barafundle for Broad Haven South will help conserve the coast by spreading the footfall, reducing the erosion of footpaths, minimising the disturbance to wildlife in the dunes and ensuring less litter is being washed out to sea – challenges that face National Trust’s shores and coastline across Wales.
" We are proud to work on this part of Wales’ beautiful coastline. There is so much of the Stackpole Estate to explore and enjoy. We wanted to spread the love, so have created our Seashore Safari to show off the less popular areas and ensure it remains special for visitors to enjoy for years to come."
Bringing the Seashore Safari to life
To launch Stackpole’s Seashore Safari, we were delighted to work with local sand artist, Marc Treanor and primary, Penrhyn Church in Wales School to create a 30 metre sand art castle out of footsteps to bring to life the waymarkers along the trail and symbolise the footfall on Wales’ coast.