Pembrokeshire Coast Walk 6. Freshwater East to Stackpole Quay

Our sixth walk of the Pembrokeshire Coast series starts at Freshwater East and heads westwards to reach Stackpole Quay.

We stayed locally at the Rosedene Guest House a lovely guest house in the hamlet of Hodgeston. It’s set in a peaceful, rural location and an ideal base from which to explore this part of South Pembrokeshire. It’s an easy drive from here through country lanes to Freshwater East, where parking is available off the beach road. 

Our walk starts at the narrow wood footbridge opposite the Trewent Holiday Park. The official coast path runs behind the beach but it’s definitely worthwhile taking the opportunity of a stroll across Freshwater East beach, as the wide stretch of sands never fails to impress.

f68f7153-e801-43b2-8dcf-5e553796dfa5
Freshwater East Beach, on a fine morning with a calm sea and the backdrop of cliffs under a clear blue sky, it’s stunning scenery and an invigorating walk along the shore.

We rejoin the coast path and there’s a climb uphill to the headland known as Trewent Point, pausing halfway up the hill to enjoy the view across the bay.

f3bdb647-f713-4837-834b-6450cb40c4c6

At the headland we turn westwards on the path across undulating grassy cliff tops reaching Greenala Point. This is the site of an Iron Age hillfort and the defensive ‘tumps’ are still evident in the landscape along the cliff top terrain.

This vantage point offers stunning views of the dramatic cliffs and coastline to Stackpole Head in the distance. It’s definitely worth pausing a moment here to take in the spectacular views across the coast.

Clifftop coast path near Greenala Point

From here the path becomes more challenging with a number of steep descents then climbs and twists, but the reward is fine views along the way of the rocky coastline on the south side and the countryside landscape on the north side.

3ad5eede-7d62-4811-9f2a-7fde347673ac
Looking west towards Stackpole
FB3C6563-A607-4F7B-B58E-2F98E746C424
View towards Barafundle Bay and Stackpole Head

Signs appear at intervals advising “keep to the path” and “cliffs kill”, and it’s when you look back at the coast line just walked you can appreciate the scale of the spectacular rugged cliffs and the steep drops.

11b701be-e56d-4ba1-913b-ea36cb6cfb42.jpeg

The next series of photos were taken at various stages and highlight the changing landscape with dramatic steep limestone cliffs and even a cliff top collapsed cave, as the path meanders on the way to Stackpole Quay.

6581b067-fdbe-454b-b6bb-a554aec0ef7e.jpeg

9578df4d-5891-4b74-9795-b5b1723fb3f1.jpeg

0c1f9b65-8cc9-4c88-ba06-6eb0b0a80a43

The path descends and passes near the Stackpole Estate holiday cottages and a rocky bay before climbing to the crest of a small hill with a view back to the coastline just walked. 

0DCA2B69-2CFD-4599-8500-9AFBB1EF2C88

Walking down steps on the other side you reach the natural sheltered and quaint harbour of Stackpole Quay which looks like it could once have been a smugglers cove

7c302378-a29b-44b1-bc66-064d21773a22
Sheltered cove of Stackpole Quay

This is a National Trust site and there’s a small cafe, The Boathouse Tearoom. As it’s an isolated location it’s good to know there’s also a washroom facility here. The Boathouse is in a great location tucked in the shadow of a wooded glade, overlooking the tiny harbour. The concrete slipway leads to the National Trust car park, which is a good option for those that want to drive and park nearby to visit Stackpole Head and Barafundle Bay.

27ded4bd-335f-4ff9-9a85-9d84e80e20e8

35d72f94-5f17-41fd-a543-cdc8d8878760

The Boathouse Tearoom is an ideal place to grab hot or cold drinks and snacks. It has outdoor tables and seating in a courtyard and in summer there are picnic tables on the hardstanding area overlooking the Quay.

A visit to Stackpole Quay isn’t complete without taking the opportunity of a short walk to nearby Barafundle Bay. This spectacularly scenic bay is only accessable by foot and just a 15 minute walk from Stackpole Quay. Just head westwards from the tea rooms, up a flight of steps and then across the top of open fields to reach a stone wall archway. There is a super viewpoint to the left side of the archway, a stone ledge near the National Trust plaque gives a picture postcard view of this idyllic bay. Read more about walking around Barafundle Bay here 

1c1d4d0a-b6fc-4c79-8c6c-a0f24b14ddd4-e1544869191158.jpeg
Viewpoint at Barafundle

That’s as far as we go on the day and we retrace our steps back eastwards along the coast path returning to Trewent Park and a very nice lunch at The Longhouse Club.

This was an enjoyable ‘out and back’ 6 miles walk.
We have now covered 22 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Join us again for our next walk in the series.

One thought on “Pembrokeshire Coast Walk 6. Freshwater East to Stackpole Quay

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.