Stackpole wildlife walk

Walking trail

This walk takes in some of the finest wildlife habitats in Pembrokeshire: limestone cliffs with breeding seabirds, beaches, dunes and freshwater lakes.

Looking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at Stackpole


Map route for Stackpole wildlife walk


Car park at Stackpole Quay, grid ref: SR990958


From Stackpole Quay car park, 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.

Visitors at Stackpole Quay, Pembrokeshire


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.

Looking down to Barafundle Bay from coast path


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.

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Enjoy a coastal walk at Stackpole


Continue along the coast path, with the expanse of Stackpole Warrens grassland on your right. In spring and summer this is rich in wildflowers and butterflies.

Enjoy a coastal walk at Stackpole


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.

Overlooking Bosherston Lakes in autumn


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.

A view of the wooden bridge over Bosherston Lily Pond at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire


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.

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Otters swimming at Bosherston Lily Ponds


Don't cross the Grassy Bridge, but turn left and follow the Eastern Arm footpath up to the Eight Arch Bridge.

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Cross the Eight Arch Bridge, and follow the Deer Park track back to Stackpole Quay.


Car park at Stackpole Quay, grid ref: SR990958

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Stackpole wildlife walk


Beach, grassy clifftop, lakeside paths, long flights of steps up from Stackpole Quay and to Barafundle Bay.

Dogs on leads are welcome.

Stackpole wildlife walk

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Stackpole wildlife walk

How to get here

Stackpole Quay, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5LS
By train

Nearest station Pembroke 6 miles (9.6km), see Traveline-Cymru for details.

By road

B4319 from Pembroke, follow signs for Stackpole Village. Brown tourist sign for Stackpole Quay from coast road between Stackpole and Freshwater East.

By bus

387 Coastal Cruiser from Pembroke, stops at Stackpole Quay car park. See Traveline-Cymru for other options.

By bicycle

Pembrokeshire Tourist Route to Stackpole Village; see Sustrans

Stackpole wildlife walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs on leads are welcome