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Friday, 20 May 2016

Barafundle Bay, a Beautiful, Remote Pembrokeshire Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

I've done it again, promised to share lots of new (to the blog) Pembrokeshire Beaches and instead we're revisiting one of our old favourites.  I hope you'll forgive me as Barafundle Bay is a real beauty and definitely one of my favourite beaches in Pembrokeshire.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Parking for Barafundle Bay is at Stackpole Quay (postcode SA71 5LS).  Parking costs £5 for the day (£2 after 2pm) and is free for National Trust Members.  Close to the car park are toilets, The Boat House Tea Room and a picnic area.  You can also explore Stackpole Quay itself which is a small harbour great for rock climbing and beach combing.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

We travel light so we don't have too much to carry on the half mile fairly steep walk.  We do however have to make sure we have snacks, water, sun tan lotion, plasters (you'll see why later!) and towels.  


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Once everyone was ready, we set off on the walk.



Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

The kids stopped for their first drink on top of the steps (yes it made a lovely seat but they were taking up the whole path so I had to remind them to keep to one side and let others pass).  I love the tourist feel of this picture though.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Then we were off again, reading signs on our way.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Once up the steps and hill, we reached the cliff top walk.  Thankfully it's a wide walkway and very safe especially if you stick to the path.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

The kids played the game of "jump over the cow-pat" on the way (have you played that one yourself yet?).  The cows themselves were peacefully grazing in the next field over.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Danny and Izzy were good companions on this day out.  Danny is taking things a bit more slowly post surgery so Izzy is currently the natural walking partner.  They both really look out for each other.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

While the older girls were already way ahead!

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach


If you look closely you can see that the rocks have natural "lattice windows".  I'd love to have a kayak to paddle around this coast.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Once we reached the brow of the hill the stunning beach and stone archway were in view.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Going down we slowed down to make sure Jo, as a stroke survivor with left side parathesis, felt steady on her feet.  This meant the kids reached the beach first and immediately got settled.  It reminded me of holidays in France when my sisters and I would go on ahead to the beach each morning.  It would often be raining when set out but there was always glorious sunshine by the afternoon.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

We were soon all back on the beach together.  The kids were straight into digging the sand and building sandcastles.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Danny was straight into the snacks and I crossed my fingers that I had enough food on me to keep them well fed until home time (we had a full dinner before leaving home but kids are always hungry, aren't they?  Especially in the fresh sea air!).  


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Our (temporary, of course) tattooed girl.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Izzy practised her beach gymnastics!

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Danny always like to make something with driftwood on the beach- whether that be a den or a camp fire.  On this occasion he made a t-shirt stand which also doubled as a "Scare Seagull".

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

We later spotted a  driftwood "volleyball net" which could be double as a limbo set, so the possibilities are endless.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

So much space to run around and explore.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

The kids did spend some time in the sea but I didn't get many photos.  There are some more photos of them paddling and swimming in our last post on Barafundle Bay.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

After paddling, Isabelle was cold so we cuddled on the beach.  It's not the best photo of either of us but a lovely moment to remember.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Then the kids decided to go rock climbing and beach combing.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

From every point on the beach, there are stunning views all through the year.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

We found lots of fair sized Spider Crabs.  Look at all the barnacles and mussels living on the shell.  They initially appeared dead, then we would see them move an arm and eventually they would sink back into the sand to wait until the tide returns.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

There are also some caves to explore.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Oh, the bright, blue sea!  I enjoyed a peaceful paddle here on the quieter part of the beach while the kids explored under rocks and in the caves.  


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Alice in Wonderland dress by the sea

I was Alice in my own kind of Wonderland!

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

More climbing!  I think we all cut ourselves in one form or another on the sharp rocks (hence needing the plasters, especially with Danny taking warfarin) but we'll all do it again anyway!


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

When I was little I hated the green slime on the rocks- thankfully my kids are far less fussy than I was and don't mind a bit of algae.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

We also found brown red beadlet anenomies looking like jelly blobs (until the tide comes in and they will "flower"). 


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Izzy helped me find my way back to Nanny and Jo by drawing a line in the sand which I had to follow.  She also left a few gaps for me to "jump over", so if you saw me hoping along Barafundle Bay- that's what I was doing!


Crab Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

We found lots of smaller shore crabs too.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

The kids then explored the sand dunes.  There was a circular walk which left and returned to the beach.  They also used the body board as a sledge and went "sand sledging" down the hill.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

While the kids played happily, we got the chance to chat and read in peace.  My book was aptly called The Sea Shell Girl (by Linda Finlay). It was a really enjoyable afternoon.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

My niece, Cerys running along the beach.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

It was Danny's turn for beach gymnastics!  Thankfully, we didn't stay long enough for it to come around to my turn.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Followed by a rest, of course.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

We then left, while we still had enough energy left for the steps and the walk back to the car park.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Izzy made sure Danny had little rests again.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Body board rides were attempted and failed.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

I love this photo, as it sums up my mum and her love for days out, the seaside and carrying a picnic. 

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Sorry for so many photos, but you can't help but appreciate the mix of green grass, deep blue sea and light blue sky as you walk across the cliff top.  My camera was drawn to the sea side but the land locked side boasts a pretty countryside view too.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Our tribe walking back.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Whenever we go for a walk, at least one child ends up with a bag balanced on a stick, Dick Whittington style.


Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

I'm happy to note there is a defibrillator, just in case it's ever needed.

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Just before we left, we spotted a robin in the tree.

robin bird Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach

Barafundle Bay Pembrokeshire Favourite  Beach robin bird

It was a beauty and very tame.

The carpark was surrounded by wild garlic, so kids picked some for tea.  Sadly they forgot that the leaves are good also (they are getting too used to foraging three corner garlic this Summer!).  Once home they made garlic hummus.  I found it very tasty but the kids didn't agree!  They're never keen on home cooked hummus though to be honest preferring the processed version, hmmm.

So off we left, with a car full of sand and smelling of wild garlic, home for tea, it was a lovely day and we will be back there soon but I promise to write about a different beach on the blog as soon as I can!

This is a video from a trip to Barafundle last year:



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