Barafundle Bay is, as has already been mentioned briefly in a past post, one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire, including the fact that it reaches high in various lists of the best beaches in Europe & the World. I enjoy visiting this place when I can although i keep this to a minimum. Being someone who only lives twenty minutes away, it is very tempting to visit Barafundle every time. I make at least three visits, one in summer, then one in spring & another in December. December is the best time for me as the sun is setting as you approach the beach, just above the wall and stairs before you enter the beach, making it a beautiful sunset setting.
Getting to Barafundle Bay
The only way to reach Barafundle Bay is on foot as there are no direct roads, it is not suitable to drive to the beach either due to the terrain. A walk along the coast is the most straightforward option. The quickest way to reach Barafundle Bay is to park at Stackpole Quay; then it is a twenty-minute walk. You will have to negotiate some steep steps at first, or walk to the other end of the car park then take the dirt track upwards.
There is also a car park at Broad Haven South or Bosherston Lily Ponds, but this will take you longer. Also, you have to pay a fee to park as all these car parks are National Trust owned. When I visit it, it is mostly in the evenings, or during a period when it is free, so I am lucky there; however, you may want to check if you have to pay before visiting.
Walking along the Coast Path to Barafundle Bay
Once the steep steps at Stackpole Quay have been negotiated, it is a relatively peaceful & easy walk. Follow the path, and you will know when you arrive as it will be the first beach you will see. The track itself is quite flat with the odd incline but nothing steep to stop you taking a break for a minute. You will stay though as you take in the sites. Look behind as you walk and you will see Manorbier on a bright day. Also, there are some great features along the coastline as you get nearer to the beach.
At Barafundle Bay
Before you know it, you are at Barafundle! There will be an archway and steps to take you down to the beach. If you want to reach the other side, then its a walk along the soft sinking sand. Because you sink into the sand, it takes a little longer to walk across. Take in the views from all around. You have the small woods at one end with the dunes in the middle. When you reach the other side, you will notice the familiar steps & archway, the place where you began your descent to the beach.
Images of Barafundle Bay
Below are more pictures of Barafundle Bay. I have used a mixture of cameras & lenses to capture some of these over the years. All the images on this post are taken during sunset, either around one hour before or when the sun sets. If you are looking for more information, then make a visit to the National Trust website.