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Barafundle Bay

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Barafundle Bay

Barafundle Bay is in the NT's Stackpole estate, and is is often regarded as Pembrokeshire's best beach. The nearest parking is at an attended NT car park at Stackpole Quay, from where access to Barafandle is an easy ½ mile walk across the limestone cliffs.

The bay is approximately 300 yards wide, and is mostly sand backed by low dunes and flanked by limestone cliffs. The cliffs on the north side are rich in brachiopod fossils, and on a low spring tide (which will occur in the early afternoon), there are caves and arches which can be explored. Lort's cave is one of the larger ones, and a short low cave leads under the headland to a small secret beach (bottom photo).

Dogs are allowed at all times. It's very sheltered, and a good place for sunbathing, swimming and exploring. Surf conditions can be good with a big swell and a northerly wind. There are no facilities here, but Stackpole Quay has toilets and the Boathouse Tea rooms.

Behind the beach and dunes, a path follows the valley through woodland, eventually reaching a track which can then be followed back to the car park at Stackpole Quay.

The main photos were taken 2½ hours after high tide.

From the woods, south sideFrom the woods, south side
Lort's CaveLort's Cave
Barafundle's secret beachBarafundle's secret beach
From the woods, south side
From the woods, south side
Lort's Cave
Lort's Cave
Barafundle's secret beach
Barafundle's secret beach
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