Bosherston is a small hamlet, with a beautiful tower church. It is situated slightly south of Pembroke and is famous for its dog friendly lakes and lily ponds, which adjoin the spectacular Broad Haven South Beach. Enjoy the spectacular cliffs and stacks, featuring the Green Bridge of Wales, a natural limestone arch that magnificently reaches out into the beautifully blue seawater.
Covering just over 80 acres, the lily ponds form the biggest capacities of fresh water in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The lakes offer good fishing and are well stocked with roach, pike and eels. Fishing passes are available to purchase from Ye Olde Worlde Cafe, just up the road. They are at their best around June and July when the stunning lilies are in full bloom, look out for swans, otters, a variety of birds and also owls and bats at dusk. The lakes, or lily ponds as they are locally known, are actually man-made and were built for the Cawdor family between the late 1700’s and 1800’s as the focal point of their large Stackpole estate.
The lily ponds are filled by springs, which are fed by a natural underground reservoir. It is the reversal of this that leads to low levels of water during long dry spells.
Broad Haven South Beach, a winner of both The Seaside Award (Rural) 2015 and Green Coast Award 2015, is accessed from a small stone bridge from the lily ponds at one end and a staircase of steps carved into the sand dunes at the other end. Low cliffs on the east side have a few small caves to discover at low tide.
The clean stream that gently trickles out of the lily ponds onto the beach is perfect for children and dogs alike to play and cool off in.
Bought in the late 1930’s by the M.O.D, nearly one quarter of the Bosherston area formed the R.A.C range for the War Department. This land is still army occupied and today forms Castlemartin Tank Range. Parts of the range are accessible and offer beautiful walks, however, at times of firing these areas are obviously closed.
After a day of exploring this special area, enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea at Ye Olde Worlde Café, which has been serving tea on the front lawn since the 1920’s, with owner ‘Auntie Vi’, as she affectionately known by locals and returning visitors, still helping out in her mid 90’s. The St Govan’s Country Inn is a lovely pub situated just up the road from the tearooms and is also worth a visit- booking here is recommended in summer months. Enjoy a well-earned refreshment or home-cooked meal in front of the open fire or an ice cream in the sunshine when siting outside.
The Bosherston Lakes are a man-made lake system, only a little over 200 years old. They occupy three narrow valleys which were carved into the limestone during the last Ice Age. The lakes are famous for their water lilies, leading to their other name of the Bosherston Lily Ponds. The lilies are best seen in the month of June.
A footpath winds its way around the banks to the lovely beach of Broad Haven.
Backed by sand dunes, which are an important habitat for wildlife, this beautiful beach is a vast area of soft pale sand. Offshore is a large and dramatically-shaped limestone stack, known to locals as Church Rock. The stream running down to the beach drains from Bosherston’s Lily Ponds, part of the Stackpole Estate. The lakes cover about 80 acres and support a rich variety of wildlife including otters, water-fowl, dragonflies and water lilies. Forming part of a National Nature Reserve managed jointly by the National Trust and the Countryside Council for Wales, these Lily Ponds are idyllic to explore and are also dog friendly.
Grab an ice-cream and a cold drink from the car park’s van during the summer months, or take a walk or a short drive back to Bosherston village and try a fabulous afternoon tea at Ye Olde Worlde Café or a hot meal at The Bosherston Inn.
St Govan's Inn is located right next to the beautiful Bosherston Lily Ponds that lead to the stunning Broadhaven Bay, and within easy walking distance of the scenic St Govan's Head, Stackpole Quay, Stack Rocks and the famous Barafundle Bay.
They Serve a selection of real cast ales and home-cooked meals from April till September.
Please Note: Dogs Welcome in the bar/outside seating area only.
A must see for those who adore the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, this is a tiny Chapel built into the side of a cliff overlooking the ebbing sea. To access this historical site, you must climb down a steep set of steps which is accompanied by a hand rail. Legend has it that you can't count the same number of steps down as you can back up - give it a go!