Tiny, mostly rocky, cove, with an imposing Victorian stone quay. At low tide, you can walk across the beach to climb onto the Quay. At higher tides you’ll need to continue along the path past the steps to Barafundle until you come out on a miniature headland. There’s a steel ladder firmly anchored into the cliff wall that you can climb down, known in our family as the Pirate Ladder.
The Stackpole Estate used to be owned by the Cawdor family – of Macbeth fame. Whilst Pembrokeshire was often used as a stopping off point for a sea route to Scotland (which was much easier, safer and quicker than travelling overland), the 600 year delay between Macbeth & the 16th Earl of Cawdor acquiring the land by marriage sadly means that you’re unlikely to be treading in his footsteps.
The village of Stackpole used to be much closer to the route between the Quay & Stackpole Court, but a former resident decided that it spoilt his view & had the whole village torn down & moved to its current location.
From Warren, head back towards Pembroke along the B4319. Take a right towards Stackpole village, a little way after the turning to Bosherston, through the woods. Continue through Stackpole and past the turning to Stackpole Elidor. Take the next right to Stackpole Quay. Park in the car park, walk towards the Quay for a short distance before heading right up & over the headland to the Deer Park wall and the long flight of steps leading down to the beach.
Alternate routes are to park at Stackpole House or Bosherston. Walk around the Lilyponds, cross Eight Arch Bridge and head on over the hill to Stackpole Quay.