Coast path from Broadhaven South

West Wales Walks – Bosherton, St. Govan’s and Broadhaven South

Stunning scenery and walks to suit all in South Pembrokeshire – Bosherton, St. Govan’s and Broadhaven South

Some of the most often featured images of Pembrokeshire are the famed lily ponds at Bosherton and Church Rock on Broadhaven South – both these are easily accessible to all and are very close to each other, while a longer stretch of the legs will take you along the coast path too to take in St. Govan’s Head and its chapel.

To reach this area take the A477 and then the B4319 to Bosherton or catch the Coastal Cruiser bus number 387 during the season. The soft white sands of Broadhaven South can be reached from the National Trust car park on one side and via the Bosherton Lily Ponds on the other – the latter would be my preference! The surprise and contract as you come across the beach is quite breathtaking at any time of the year.

Bosherton area map

Edging the Stackpole Estate and in the hands of the National Trust, the lily ponds were originally created to enhance the mansion and grounds of the Cawdor estate.

Three limestone valleys were flooded between 1790 and 1860 , landscaped and linked by ornate bridges and enjoyed by the family until the nearby farmland was take over during the second world war for the Castlemartin Firing Range. They abandoned the mansion, since demolished, and the grounds passed into the care of the National Trust.

The beach here is one of Pembrokeshire’s finest with soft white sand, endlessly fascinating cliffs and dunes and views of Church Rock .  A stream comes onto the beach from the ponds and there are springs in some of the caves to explore.Clean and family friendly, with good surf for bodyboarders and surfers, the beach is open to dogs all year round and the nearby campsite at Trefalen farm is a wonderful place to stay over. There is so much wildlife to look out for too from the cascades of wild flowers on the cliffs,birds to look for here include housemartins in the sandy parts of the cliffs, fulmars, shags and kittiwakes too. Out to sea you may be lucky to spot dolphins and an occasional basking sharks.

The village of Bosherton has a pub and tea-rooms and is not far from the ponds and beach.

For the energetic (and those on the coast path) you can continue onto St. Govan’s Head, but check that this path is open as it is sometimes closed when firing is taking place on the ranges nearby. The 14th century chapel nestling into a crevice on the cliffs can be reached down some steep steps – well worth the climb back up. En-route from Broadhaven South, look out for the path leading down to the secret cove – a great place to imagine the activities of pirates and smugglers!

Suzanne Ashworth of West Wales Web and Pembrokeshire Life Online
Words & Images by Suzanne Ashworth

 

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