Swansea Ramblers Walk
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.
Leader Zetta Flew
Starting from Stackpole Quay
Climbing onto the cliffs
And the views towards Tenby
Caldey Island in the distance
On the Wales Coast Path
Voted one of the best beaches in the world
Popular with visitors
Impressive entrance to a beach!
kicking up the sand on Barafundle
Back onto the cliffs
With lots of nesting birds
Tea stop with fine views to Caldey
Lynne does a quick headcount to check we're all here!
Wildflowers cover the cliffs
Colourful lichen as well
A visit to the Devil's Quoit on Midsummer's Day
Crossing the impressive bridge over the ponds
A heron goes fishing
Had a tea break on the site of the demolished mansion
Once owned by the Earls of Cawdor
Into the walled garden
And over to the tea rooms for cake and coffee
Then fed and watered, it's time to find the lily ponds
Climbing the woodland path
Eventually finding a wonderful view
Then down to the lily ponds
Another tea break!
Families enjoy this beach
Lots of beautiful orchids
Last climb of the day!
Good view of Church Rock in the bay
Then through the fields and back to St Govan's Inn for a well-earned meal!
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