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Stackpole Lily Ponds
A Midsummer's Day Coach Ramble

21st June 2015

Leader: Zetta Flew




Swansea Ramblers enjoy a good social outing, so we hired a coach to take us to Stackpole Estate, a National Trust property in Pembrokeshire.  We visited the famous Barafundle Beach, followed the magnificent cliffs on the Wales Coast Path before turning inland.  There we visited the Devil's Quoit and headed further inland to cross a wonderful arched bridge.   We visited the bird hide, information centre and site of the old mansion.  The walled garden provided a lunch stop then we made our way to the Lily Ponds before crossing Broadhaven Beach.  We ascended the dunes to reach Bosherston Village via the fields and lane.  The St Goven's Inn did a magnificent job serving us in good time before our coach returned us to Swansea.  If you'd like to try a walk then do come along and find out what all this Swansea Walking in the great outdoors is all about.  It won't cost you anything to come along and see if walking is for you.  If you get the bug and want to walk or stroll regularly then you can also become a member.  Just ask us about the walks and social events we do when you join us for a Swansea Walk.





Photographs of the Walk



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Leader Zetta Flew


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Starting from Stackpole Quay


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Climbing onto the cliffs


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And the views towards Tenby


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Caldey Island in the distance


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On the Wales Coast Path


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Interesting formations


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Barafundle Bay
Voted one of the best beaches in the world



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Popular with visitors


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Impressive entrance to a beach!


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kicking up the sand on Barafundle


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Back onto the cliffs


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With lots of nesting birds


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Tea stop with fine views to Caldey


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Caldey Island


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Lynne does a quick headcount to check we're all here!


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Wildflowers cover the cliffs


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Colourful lichen as well


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More formations


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Heading inland


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A visit to the Devil's Quoit on Midsummer's Day


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Crossing the impressive bridge over the ponds


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A heron goes fishing


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Had a tea break on the site of the demolished mansion


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Once owned by the Earls of Cawdor


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Into the walled garden


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And over to the tea rooms for cake and coffee


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Then fed and watered, it's time to find the lily ponds


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Climbing the woodland path


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Eventually finding a wonderful view


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Then down to the lily ponds


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Broadhaven Beach


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Church Rock


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Another tea break!


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Families enjoy this beach


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Lots of beautiful orchids


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Last climb of the day!


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Good view of Church Rock in the bay


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Then through the fields and back to St Govan's Inn for a well-earned meal!





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