Explore the wonderful National Trust owned Stackpole Estate on this circular walk in the Pembrokeshire National Park. In the estate you'll find miles of coastal footpaths, woodland trails and waterside sections along the beautiful, large lake.
Stackpole is located near Freshwater East on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. There's 12 square kilometres to explore on a variety of good footpaths. This walk starts at the Stackpole Quay car park and takes you along the coast path to Stackpole Head with wonderful views of Barafundle Bay. You'll also pass the striking natural stone arches known as the Lattice Windows.
The route then heads towards Bosherton passing the delightful Stackpole Warrens. This area of grassland is great for wildlife watching with butterflies and birds visiting the wildflower meadows in the summer months. At the little village of Bosherton you can enjoy refreshments at the pub and visit the fascinating Norman church of the late 13th century.
From Bosherton you continue along the lovely Stackpole Lily Ponds. Look out for waterlilies in the summer and wildlife which includes the resident otters. The final section takes you along the deer park track, returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this area then you could head along the coast to the fascinating, 13th century St Govan's Chapel.
PostcodeSA71 5DF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Head to the excellent Stackpole Inn for some post walk refreshments. The friendly inn has a good menu and a lovely garden area to sit out in on warmer days. It's also won many awards including The Best Food Experience Pembrokeshire 2019, and The Food, Drink and Hospitality Award 2019. You can find them at Jasons Corner with a postcode of SA71 5DF for your sat navs.
The estate is a splendid place for a dog walk so you will probably see plenty of other owners on a fine day. The Stackpole Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly in the bar area.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you head east along the coast path you could pay a visit to Manorbier Castle. The historic Norman castle has some lovely gardens to explore. You can also pick up the Manorbier to Freshwater East Walk here.
The Bosherston to Barafundle Bay Walk starts from the car park in the nearby little village. It will take you to the award winning beach at Barafundle before heading to St Govan's Chapel. There's then a fine old pub to visit in Bosherston at the end of the walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Pembrokeshire Coast Walks page.