Barafundle Bay is regularly voted Best Beach in Britain and one of the best beaches in the world. High praise indeed - but entirely merited! It’s a gentle crescent of sand slowly melting into the clear aqua marine sea. It’s backed by grass-topped sand dunes and gorse covered headland. It has to be one of the beaches in Pembrokeshire that you visit!
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Despite its remote location, the beach can get very busy in the summer. The crisp, clean waters and the soft, safe sands are a huge attraction.
The Coast Path encircles the award winning beach, which means whether you are on the north or south end approach the beach, you are blessed with stunning views down to the sands and sea. The beach itself is east facing, which generally results in it being a more sheltered location than some other Pembrokeshire beaches.
The beach itself is part of the Stackpole Estate and is managed by the National Trust. The estate itself is also worth exploring.
For watersports enthusiasts, nearby Stackpole Quay is a great place to launch a kayak which you can then paddle around to Barafundle Bay.
There is no car parking at the beach. By car, you must park at Stackpole Quay which has a large car park (SA71 5LS - around £5 fee in peak season) and walk about 0.5 miles to the beach. The walk joins the Coast Path and then has steps before you reach the beach, however, it is regarded as well worth the walk.
There are no toilets or facilities at Barafundle Bay. The nearest public toilets are at the Stackpole Quay car park. These are National Trust owned and located on the pathway towards The Boathouse Tea Rooms. There is an accessible toilet here with grab rails.
Access to the beach is by foot only via the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.You can access either from Stackpole (about 0.5miles) or Broad Haven South (Approx 1.25 miles). Entrance to the beach is via steps. It is, therefore, not considered accessible for anyone using buggies or wheelchairs.
Dogs are allowed all year round and there are no dog restrictions. It is also a great walk for dogs from Stackpole Quay to the beach.
Given it’s location, there are no places to eat and drink at the beach itself. However there is a café at the Stackpole Quay car park, providing lunches, cream teas and refreshments. Nearby Stackpole also has the beautiful Stackpole Inn (SA71 5DF), with an attractive garden, where you can get meals.
Dog friendly beach all year round
Park at Stackpole Quay - 1/2 mile walk over cliffs
Toilets at Stackpole Quay
Cafe at car park in Stackpole Quay
Most popular marks are the rocks at either end of the beach
Good for sunrise