Lifestyle | Exploring Stackpole the Pembrokeshire coast.

 On a hot summers day there really is no better place to live than Wales. Of course, I am biased, but seriously it’s such a beautiful country, rich with mountains, lakes, scenic coastlines and views that literally look like something out of a feature film. Last Sunday was such a beautiful day. I had just got back from Cardiff after seeing One Direction and I quickly showered and had some lunch before Dan picked me up and we headed West for a day in the sunshine. 

On the bridge at Bosherston.

I took Dan to a place that is very close to my heart. Stackpole is a designated landscape in Pembrokeshire, and has some amazing little places to visit ranging from hidden beaches, cliff tops views, gorgeous woodland and lilyponds and cute little tea rooms. It’s a place I go every summer with my nannie and grandad and it’s one of my favourite places ever. It reminds me of my childhood, and I have many happy memories there. 

The first place we headed was Bosherston Lily Ponds. These are man-made lakes which were created over 200 years ago to form the background of the Stackpole Court house and they are truly beautiful. There are lots of bridges allowing you to cross the lake and the area is abundant with wildlife. We saw lots of bright blue dragonflies and pretty lilies and the views were really breathtaking. 

Views of the lily ponds at Bosherston.
A view through the trees.
Strolling around the lake.

We decided to walk around the lake, something I’ve never actually done before, and it was so peaceful. There were lots of people out making the most of the sunshine and we spent our time taking lots of photos. Then, halfway around, we stumbled across this amazing beach. It’s literally on the edge of the lake and it was so pretty. It looked like something out of a film with bright sand contrasted against the sapphire sea. It’s called Broadhaven South Beach and is the perfect location for relaxing with families – a hidden gem. 

The hidden beach we discovered – Broad Haven South.
The shoreline at Broadhaven South. 

We then walked the rest of the lake before getting back in the car and heading over to St. Govan’s. These are cliff tops on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Park which have seriously breathtaking views. I’ve been here so many times with my grandparents and absolutely love visiting. There is even the teeniest chapel built into the cliffside, which was built and lived in by St. Govan in the fourteenth century. It’s amazing the little wonders you can find when you go exploring!

The view from St. Govan’s cliff tops.
The chapel tucked away in the cliffside.

After eating some ice cream on the clifftops overlooking the beautiful views, we got back into the car and headed to Stackpole Quay. There are cute little tea rooms and a harbour with stunning views, but we headed over the clifftops to somewhere that Dan and I hadn’t visited before. 

Beautiful Barafundle Bay.

Barafundle Bay is a remote beach which is only accessible via clifftop. It’s amazing how many beautiful, idyllic beaches there are in Pembrokeshire – they really are so magical. Many people who live in Carmarthenshire and surrounding areas rave about Barafundle Bay, so I was excited to visit it, and when we got there I could really see why people loved it so much. The Bay is small and it literally feels like you’re in another country. You have to walk down a steep set of stairs to get onto the shore, but the views from the clifftop are breathtakingly beautiful. 

Barafundle Bay – like something out of a film!

After a busy day we made the journey home. It was such a lovely day and I really love spending time with Dan and seeing what beautiful places we can find. We always manage to find something new when we go exploring and I treasure the days we have together. : )

Any of you bloggers who are looking for somewhere pretty to visit I can’t recommend Pembrokeshire enough! There are so many pretty, unique places and it really is a photographer’s dream!

What’s your favourite thing to do on a sunny Sunday?

Lots of love, 

Jessie. xoxo

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40 Comments

  1. Rebecca Tiffany
    June 13, 2015 / 8:30 am

    What a lovely post Jessie! I'm from England but I think Wales is my favourite place – it holds happy childhood holiday memories for me too 🙂 These look such beautiful places – definitely going on my to-visit list!! Rebecca | The Two Twenty SomethingsXx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 14, 2015 / 8:35 am

      Aw thank you Rebecca 🙂 it's such a gorgeous country isn't it!? xx

  2. Jessica Hayes
    June 13, 2015 / 8:37 am

    I never knew how beautiful Wales is! Those pictures you have taken are absolutely stunning. Sounds like a wonderful day 🙂 xxJesstastics.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 14, 2015 / 8:35 am

      Thank you Jess, it really is gorgeous! : ) xx

  3. peachesandbear
    June 13, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Ah, it looks so beautiful! This is definitely on our days out list!Tamsyn-Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 14, 2015 / 8:36 am

      Ahh definitely Tamsyn 😀 xx

  4. Amanda H
    June 13, 2015 / 11:42 am

    I've only visited Wales once and it was in the pouring rain, I definitely remember how beautiful the views were though. These pictures are stunning and that beach that you found whilst walking around the lake is beautiful!xAmanda / Amanda's Escape

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 14, 2015 / 8:36 am

      Ahh that's the downside to Wales – it's always raining!! Thank you Amanda 🙂 xx

  5. Jordan Hathaway
    June 14, 2015 / 3:47 am

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful. It sound like you had a lovely day 🙂 xJordan Alice

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 14, 2015 / 8:35 am

      Thank you Jordan : ) xx

  6. Rachel Marie
    June 14, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Looks and sounds like you had a lovely day! – gorgeous photo's!Rachel Coco

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 14, 2015 / 9:45 am

      Thank you lovely, it was a fab day xx

  7. Fran Leanne
    June 14, 2015 / 9:46 am

    Such stunning views!Fran Leanne x

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 14, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Thanks hun! xx

  8. The Elle Next Door
    June 14, 2015 / 11:58 am

    You always have the dreamiest lifestyle posts lovely. Me and the boyf are heading away soon so I'll have to head back here for all your recommendations :)Ellewww.theellenextdoor.comxx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:29 am

      Aww thank you, Elle 🙂 Yes if you're after a weekend away come to Wales! xx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Thank you Anika : ) xx

  9. May Cho
    June 14, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Such stunning photos! You must've had SUCH a lovely time. <3May x • THE MAYDEN • bloglovin'

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Thank you hun! It was a lovely day 🙂 xx

  10. Conny
    June 14, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    these pictures are so pretty! currently I love just being in the sun, whether it's going for ice cream or just being in the garden! 🙂 xxFloralchaos

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Thank you lovely! Ahh same here, the sun makes the world of difference. xx

  11. Gabrielle Crystal RoseBonniee
    June 14, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Lovely photos ♥Love from Slovakia ~Orange Triangle Bikini just for 5,99$

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Thank you 🙂 xx

  12. Rebecca Ellis
    June 14, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I've been to Wales once, and it was a fantastic experience for me (even if I was only 11 haha). Lovely photographs! xwww.sheintheknow.co.uk

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:33 am

      Aww it's such a lush place! Thank you : ) xx

  13. Selina (Flying Saucer)
    June 14, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    I just found your lovely blog 🙂 Wow these photos are breath-taking! The seaside is so calming x

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Thank you 🙂 I'm so glad you like my blog! And yes I have to agree, xx

  14. Julie Ly
    June 14, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    Beautiful pics, those blue skies look amazing! xxJuliewww.rainingcake.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:33 am

      Thank you Julie 🙂 xx

  15. Gemma Magpie
    June 15, 2015 / 8:06 am

    Wow you live in such a beautiful part of the world! I can't believe this is part of the UK, it looks like it should be in Italy or Portugal or something xxGemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 15, 2015 / 8:29 am

      Ahh I know! It really is like a different country – so beautiful : ) xx

  16. rebeccalikestotravel
    June 15, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    OH MY WORD! These places look absolutely AMAZING! I think I need to book us a long weekend in Wales! I really should think about places like this more often. Being in Yorkshire you tend to stay round here or head to the Lake District if you have a weekend break so this is a great insight and incentive to go somewhere different. On another note, your outfit is super cute too!Bee xxxQueenBeady.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 17, 2015 / 8:38 am

      Ahh I'm sure you would absolutely love it 🙂 it's so pretty and peaceful here. I would love to visit the Lake District some day too! Aw thank you hun xx

  17. Charlotte
    June 15, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    seriously beautiful photos! I lived in Wale for a few months one summer and I definitely didn't explore it enough I don't think Charlotte Harvs | Blog

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 17, 2015 / 8:39 am

      Ahh it's so lush! It's hard to get the right weather for exploring though haha xx

  18. The CSI Girls
    June 16, 2015 / 11:43 am

    This looks so beautiful!! I'll have to drag the other half here sometime. Love how peaceful the lakes look. Great photos!M xxThe CSI Girls

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      June 17, 2015 / 8:39 am

      Definitely have a day trip here – it's so pretty! : ) xx

  19. Hannah Louisa
    June 17, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Wow these photos are beautiful! I've not been to wales in a long time but I had seriously forgotten how beautiful it is! Noted down these place names ready for some summer exploring!xx

  20. Ed Explores...
    June 17, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Love Pembrokeshire! It sounds like you had an ideal summer's day down there.I have been meaning to visit Barafundle Bay for a while – it looks very mediterranean-like.Thanks for sharing.

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