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Stackpole Quay and Bosherston Lakes is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bosherston, Pembrokeshire, Wales that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 446 ft Route type Loop
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A circular walk from Stackpole Quay in Pembrokeshire. This is a relatively easy but lovely, varied walk through Pembrokeshires Stackpole Estate, which provides for some spectacular cliff-top scenery, fabulous sandy beaches and a wander alongside the famous Bosherston Lily Ponds. The significant history of the Stackpole Estate began in the 1700s when the Campbell family inherited the estate through marriage. They built the Stackpole Court mansion (since demolished), the tiny Stackpole Quay harbour to provide for their love of sailing and, by damming three valleys, created the 100 acres of Bosherston Lakes. The lakes are more generally known as Bosherston Lily Ponds, on account of the water lilies which carpet the surface in early summer. There is also chance to visit the small village of Bosherston, which has a pleasant pub for refreshments and St Michael and All Angels church, with its unusual asymmetrical tower. The walk includes a few climbs and descents from the cliffs, with several relatively flat sections in between. It follows a mixture of coastal paths along cliff tops (so take particular care with children and dogs) plus inland paths alongside the lakes. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, simple gates, bridges and long flights of steps. There are several stretches where you may be sharing the cliffs with livestock. Dogs are welcome on the walk but will need to be on leads for large stretches of the route- follow local signage. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the National Trust car park at Stackpole Quay. The car park is free for National Trust members or £5 per day for non-members (correct Jan 2019). Approximate post code SA71 5LS.

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Maria Bosisto
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This route will lead you along two beaches, running mostly on the edge of the cliff with some splendid views (beware of the wind!) and then it turns inland through a more wooded and finally meadowy area.

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Mitch Francis
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Great costal trail. Only down a star due to the poorly signposted one way system around the pond when you join from the beach but apart from that great walk!

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Radkaohara@ O’Hara
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Stunning walk, lovely sights might do it again.

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Ally U
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Lovely walk, we didn’t see any livestock so were able to keep the dog off the lead most of the time. Some parts were re routed due to Covid but were well marked. Beaches and ponds beautiful. Car park was very busy.

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Tom Holt
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Very beautiful loop. Need to shoulder the bikes up some steepish short climbs, so be aware you’ll need to lift/push your bikes now and again. Well worth it though...

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Mark Elvin
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Thoroughly enjoyed this walk. We started from Stackpole Quay car park (£6all day)Very easy going with no steep climbs .weather was part cloudy about 22 degrees.great views all the way including the cliff tops and round the Lily lakes. Also as an add-on if you get to the Bosherston car park and go out and turn left and there is a cafe and a pub where you can stop for refreshments.also toilets in the car park .all in all great walk about 5 hours altogether because of all the excellent views and photo stops.

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Brittany Eldridge
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easy six mile stroll. You will pass to beaches, sheet rock cliffs with lots of sea birds we even saw puffins. Then you will go to Lilly pond lake in a wooded area and back round.

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Gareth Phillips
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Done this walk 5 or 6 times. Highlights have got to be the lily ponds in Bosherston and the stunning beach at Barafundle. Something for everyone

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Debs Thomas
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We've done this part of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path many times. Our favourite walk is to park up in the National Trust car park in Bosherston and walk down past the lily Ponds to the beach and then along the cliff top to Stackpole Quay. This isn't a difficult walk and depending on pace and ability is probably about 1.5-2 hours in each direction. The views are breathtaking (literally on a windy day!). The walk along the cliff tops takes you to Barafundle Bay. If you cross the golden sands and climb the steps at the otherside another 10-15 walk find you in Stackpole Quay. Here in the Boathouse Cafe you'll find a range of homemade foods to sustain you for the return trip. We are very well travelled around the UK and across the world, but this is our most favourite walk. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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Nicci Barber
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Done this many times ,you get to see otters,one of the largest lilly ponds in europe,lots of rare birds,forest walk ,pond walk, beach walk,cliff walk,farm walk, all this in one !

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Molly Mayhem
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Lloyd Delahunty
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Wei Yi Tan
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Bijaya Gurung
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Stephen Burgess
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Sam Ogilvie
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Rich Ryan
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Michal Bachar
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Calum Phillips
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Andrew McAllister
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Laura Assanti
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Adam Hastings
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David McCarthy
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Wayne Jones
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matthew burgess
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