The Eel-Leet Troll Bridge
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Cache is a small clip top box with a log, pen and few small swaps. This is a lovely walk that can be a circular, a linear or a really trek taking the whole of the Lilyponds including the Easten Arm as well as the more popular “main arm” of the ponds.
In the summer you will have to be very aware of Muggles in the area and the popularity of the place could make finding the cache difficult although the actual location is easy!
This cache can be approached either by parking at Bosherston National Trust Car Park or the car park at Broadhaven.
The cache is a small clip top box with a log, pen and some small swaps.
If you park in Bosherston Car Park take either path, left or right which will eventually take you to the lovely beach at Broadhaven and if you are feeling very energetic you take a lovely stroll over the cliff top to Barafundle. Why not bring some bird seed with you on this walk the Robins in particular and the Bluebirds are very tame and can be persuaded to eat out of your hand. A lovely experience for the children and a wonderful photo opportunity.
CAUTION - If you have a fear of bridges then the left hand path looking out towards Broadhaven from the National Trust Car Park at Bosherston is not for you. There are two narrow bridges to cross that only have a hand rail on one side. The bridges are perfectly safe but need to be treated with caution. The bridges can get covered in water during the winter if there is heavy rainfall.
A bit of History of the estate:-
The earliest known owner of Stackpole was Elidyr de Stackpole mentioned by Gerald of Wales in 1188. The estate has changed owners several times since this period. In 1611 the estate was sold for the princely sum of £2000 to the Lort Family who had been leasing it since 1578. The estate then passed to the Cawdor Family by marriage in 1714 and was in fact held by the family by unbroken male descent until the estate was sold by Hugh, 6th Earl and 25th Thane of Cawdor in 1976. The house itself underwent several changes over the years from an old fashioned Fortified House to a Palladian style house that was flanked by a sloping walled garden, overlooking what is now the lake but then was a water meadow fed by the Treforce stream. The lakes and what is now known as Bosherston Lily Ponds are all man made feature created by building a dam – the Green Causeway, also known as Grassy Bridge – to stop the outflow of three streams feeding the water meadows in the valley bottom running beneath and south of Stackpole Court. The water level was regulated by a series of bridges and causeways, such as Eight Arch Bridge built in 1797-99 which was constructed with small dams and sluices beneath the arches. The extensive landscaping of the area around the great house and the ponds was carried out by various members of the Campbell Family.
When you have completed your walk or even before you start, there is a cafe and a Public house in Bosherston Village the pub is open most of the year. The cafe is open in the summer season.
This cache has been place with the kind permission of the National Trust who manage the whole of the Stackpole Estate.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum