Bosherston is a charming village located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, just five miles south of the historic town of Pembroke. It is a beautiful example of a traditional Pembrokeshire village complete with a classic Pembrokeshire tower church, built in the late 1200s on the foundations of an even earlier place of worship.
The village is close to the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which provides views of the of dramatic cliffs and gorgeous beaches. The nearest beach, beautiful Broad Haven, has an iconic church rock in the middle of the bay and is a 30-minute walk away. Barafundle voted one of the top ten beaches in the world, is a longer walk or a short car ride away. The limestone cliffs and headlands all along this part of the Pembrokeshire coastline are popular with climbers and have been shaped into famous features such as the Green Bridge of Wales and Huntsman’s Leap, both of which are very close by. St Govan’s chapel is just down the road from Bosherston and is a sweet little sixth-century building tucked into a cleft in the cliffs. It takes its name after the hermit and saint who lived there.
Bosherston Lily Ponds, a series of flooded limestone valleys are within a few minutes’ walk from the front door. They are a haven for plants and wildlife including gorgeous otter and a definitely worth a visit whatever the weather. The stunning lilies are in bloom in May and June. The ponds were created in the late 18th and early 19th Century by the Cawdor family, whose country seat was Stackpole House just up the road. They cover more than 80 acres and offer good coarse fishing as they are well stocked with roach, pike, tench, and eels.
Today the Stackpole estate which includes Stackpole Quay, Woods, and Stackpole Walled Gardens is managed by the National Trust. Stackpole Quay has been set up as a kayaking and coasteering centre and the woodland has some fantastic off-road bike trails. They grow seasonal produce which is then sold on-site and used in Cawdor tea rooms which serves delicious dishes and cakes.
For eateries nearby, Ye Olde Worlde Café has been serving refreshments on the front lawn to hungry walkers and climbers since the 1920’s. There is also a pub within the village, the St Govans Inn which serves traditional, hearty food. The very highly recommended Stackpole Inn is just down the road from Bosherston. Additionally, there are transport links to and from the village. It is on the route of the Coastal Cruiser bus (number 388) this fantastic hop on hop off service links the Castlemartin peninsula villages to Pembroke.