- 'The most beautiful beach in Britain'
It is the best in Britain - but you will have to take a walk to view
- a jewel among the many superb beaches in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
- was awarded the accolade last summer of 'the most beautiful beach in Britain'.
Good Holiday Guide chose Barafundle ahead of the best beaches that Britain can
boast - including Wollacombe in Devon, Studland in Dorset and Holkham in Norfolk.
verdict was that Barafundle's superlative sands, sea quality, beautiful location
and natural environment made it perfect for the 'best beach' title.
was also selected as the best family beach because the sand is perfect for building
sandcastles, the shoreline is shallow and safe for bathing and the surrounding
area - part of the National Park - offers breathtaking scenery and walking opportunities.
journalist Nic Havers, who helped write the article, said: Barafundle is
perfect. The judges were particularly impressed with the route to Barafundle from
Bosherston - traversing the lily ponds on bridges and over some spectacular scenery.
Eleven international beaches were chosen
alongside Barafundle in the 'beach beauty' contest.
Ras Nungwi in Zanzibar; Nha Trang in Vietnam; White Beach, British
Virgin Islands; Turtle Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil in Malaysia; Cies Island
in Galicia, Northern Spain; Porquerolles, Iles d'Or, France; Turku Archipelago,
Finland; Gramvoussa Beach, near Chania, Crete; Cap Bon, Kelibia, Tunisia; Lakshadweep
Islands, India, and Muscat, Oman.
Barafundle is located in the National
Trust Stackpole Estate.
It is just a clifftop walk away from Stackpole Quay,
the pretty inlet which once was the private quay for the Cawdor Family whose homes
included Stackpole Court - since demolished.
lead from the car park at Stackpole Quay up on to the clifftop, with fine views
over the coastal landscape. A half mile walk takes one to the northern side of
Barafundle where a stepped walkway leads down to the beach. This was once the
private beach of the Cawdors.
South Senior Ranger Libby Taylor: It is hard to put into words just how
splendid Barafundle is. You will just have to walk there to see for yourself!
not to be missed are the famous Bosherston Lakes - another part of the Stackpole
Estate. Covering some 80 acres, they are the largest expanse of open water in
the National Park. A National Nature Reserve, the lakes are one of the best places
in Wales to see otters.
There is a network of easy
access paths along the banks accessed from the Stackpole Centre. The lakes are
most easily reached from the National Trust car park in Bosherston village as
well as from the Coast Path and Stackpole Quay.
takes a third of Welsh Seaside Awards.
a third of Wales' best beaches are in Pembrokeshire.
of the county's beaches are among a record 109 to win Seaside Awards, co-ordinated
by Keep Wales Tidy.
When the award was introduced in 1992, only 14 Welsh beaches
met the criteria for bathing water quality and infrastructure.
authorities and Welsh Water need to be congratulated for the investment they have
made in improving both the quality of our coastal waters and the shore-based infrastructure
required to achieve the coveted Seaside Award status," said Keep Wales Tidy
chief executive Tegryn Jones.
To gain the award, the beaches have to attain
at least the EU minimum standard of bathing water quality, with many achieving
the much stricter Guideline water standard. `Rural' awards were made on 13 land-based
criteria and `resort' awards had to satisfy 26 criteria, including dog ban areas,
arrangements for the disabled and a range of facilities aimed at enhancing visitor
The award-winning Pembrokeshire beaches are:
- Amroth, Saundersfoot, Tenby North, Tenby Castle, Tenby South, Lydstep, Dale,
Newgale, Whitesands, Poppit Sands, Broad Haven North.
- Newport Sands, St Brides Haven, Sandy Haven, Pwllgwaelod, Penally, Nolton Haven,
Martin's Haven, Marloes, Manorbier, Little Haven, Goodwick Sands, Gelliswick,
Freshwater East, Dinas Cross, Cwm-yr-Eglwys, Coppet Hall, Caerfai, Broadhaven
South, Barafundle Bay, West Angle Bay, Abereiddy and Wisemans Bridge.
Pembrokeshire beaches have received the coveted Green Coast Award.
shine again .
A total of
50 in Wales and ten in Southern Ireland have been recognised for their natural
beauty, unspoilt clean environment and having reached the highest bathing water
The award was introduced in 1999 by Keep Wales Tidy.
executive Tegryn Jones said: "Those wishing to enjoy a beach experience far
removed from the intrusions normally associated with the traditional and more
urban beaches need look no further than the current crop of Green Coast Awards."
from the winning beaches will gather at Aberaeron Beach on Friday when AM Elin
Jones will present plaques.
The Pembrokeshire beaches are Cwm
yr Eglwys, Abereiddy, Caerfai, Nolton Haven, St Bride's Haven, Martin's Haven,
Marloes, West Dale, West Angle, Broadhaven South, Barafundle Bay, Manorbier, Penally
and Coppet Hall. The nine Ceredigion beaches