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Barafundle Bay

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Barafundle Bay

Barafundle Bay is in the National Trust'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 a mostly level ½ mile walk.

The bay is approximately 300 yards wide, and consists of sand backed by low dunes and flanked by limestone cliffs. It's very sheltered, and a good place for sunbathing, swimming and exploring. On exceptionally low tides, caves and arches on the northern side can be explored. Lort's cave is one of the larger ones, and nearby a short low cave leads to a small secret beach. Spring tides in Pembrokeshire occur when the low tide time is around 2 or 3 o'clock. There are no facilities here, but Stackpole Quay has toilets and 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.

Surf conditions can be good with a big swell and a northerly wind. Dogs are allowed at all times. 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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