Barafundle Bay beach is possibly one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire and regularly voted one of the best in Wales, even the UK. It is beautiful, and a trip to Barafundle Bay will leave you wanting to come back.
Barafundle Bay beach is remote, sandy, with lovely green/turquoise water when the sun is out. This curved, sandy beach is, without a doubt one of South Pembrokeshire’s most beautiful beaches.
The beach is near to Stackpole Quay and is part of the Stackpole Estate, managed by The National Trust. Facing eastwards to the ocean, Barafundle Bay is surrounded on the north and south ends with cliffs. Looking down onto the beach from either end offers some spectacular views.
The beach has beautiful dunes behind it, perfect for kids to play in and explore, plus remnants of forest further behind the dunes, which come alive in the spring with hundreds of wild garlic plants and bluebells.
It’s not possible to get close to the beach by car, and you need to walk the 1km from Stackpole Quay to Barafundle, along the coast path, to some steep steps down to the beach. The lack of road access and the uneven terrain of its approaches make it unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. But this is its part of the attraction, of course, although in the summer months don’t think this walk puts people off going there! Due to its allure, fine sand and clean water, Barafundle Bay pulls the crowds in.
A Blue Flag beach, in 2004 it was listed as one of the Top 12 beaches in the world, in 2006 The Good Holiday Guide described it as “the best beach in Britain.” In the same year Country Life magazine entitled it “the best place in the UK for a picnic,” and in 2012 it again won the accolade “The UK’s Top Picnic Spot.”
Green Coast Award 2019 and Seaside Award 2019
Wildlife at Barafundle Bay Beach
Fulmars glide the cliffs, kept aloft by the thermals which provide an effortless source of lift, waders and seagulls range the tideline, and there is always the chance of a glimpse of a peregrine falcon or a gannet diving offshore, one of the 30,000 residents of distant Grassholm rock. And those interested in flora will find the cliff and shore decorated with spring squill, sea pink, cross-leaved and bell heather and sea campion.
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Barafundle Bay, Stackpole Estate, Pembroke, Wales SA71 5LS, United Kingdom