Bosherston Lily Ponds walk


In our opinion, the Bosherston Lily Ponds walk is one of the best circular walks in Pembrokeshire.

Mostly flat and between 2 and 3 miles in length it’s not overly strenuous.  But with fantastic views and plenty of things to see on the way it can take longer than you’d think. 

3 bridges and one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire, together with the ponds themselves combine to make one interesting walk.

Good all year round but does become a bit muddy in Winter and/or when particularly wet.  The best time to see the Lillys is in June and July

The Bosherston Lily Ponds walk

Follow the path down towards the ponds from the bottom of the car park

As a circular you have the option taking on this walk in either direction.  For some reason we prefer to do this one anti clockwise and this is the direction this post follows.

Keeping the ponds to your left just follow the pathway….

…and wonder at the beauty all the way down to…

…the beach! Broadhaven South that is.  One of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire.

It’s definitely worth a detour off the walk for a bit.  

The path is well signposted where it needs to be.  Including the optional detour to…

… 8 arch bridge.  Named for obvious reasons.

Again, you’ll be treated to some spectacular views on this section…

…before crossing the final bridge on the way back to the car park.

How to get to the Bosherston Lily Ponds walk

Getting to Bosherston is fairly straightforward as it’s approximately 10 minutes from Pembroke and it’s Castle.  This is a beautiful part of Pembrokeshire, with Freshwater West, Barafundle, St Govan’sStack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales all nearby.  And they are all worth a visit!

Nearest Postcode: SA71 5AH

Map Ref: SR976939

Postcode SA71 5DZ (approx. location only)

Where to park for the Bosherston Lily Ponds walk

There is a medium sized pay and display car park here which is owned and managed by National Trust. 

Make sure to have cash with you as the mobile signal for pay-to-park can be an issue.

There are also public conveniences here which are free and very clean.

  • Map reference SR 966 948
  • Nearest Post Code SA71 5DN

More info

Bosherston is a very pretty little village approximately half an hour from the popular seaside resort of Tenby and the nearest town is Pembroke. 

This walk should take around an hour walking time, but it may well take you longer because there is plenty that will make you want to stop and admire or explore.  

We love a good circular walk.  And this is one of the best.  You finish where you start without covering the same ground twice and there are no headaches over the logistics. 

We hope this post will help you with that.  If it has then check out our others on circular walks in Pembrokeshire including:

If you’d like to do some coast path walking check out our post on walks in Pembrokeshire and this book.  We’ve got the older version and found it brilliant when we walked the whole thing.  It’s battered, bruised and well thumbed but we still use it today!

We would always recommend wearing at least mid-ankle boots as a minimum on any Pembrokeshire walk as they can all be muddy, wet and/or rocky.  You don’t want wet feet on a long hike and you certainly don’t want to be twisting an ankle. We’re on our second pair of these by Salomon which says a lot about how good we thought the first pair was.

Whatever the length of your walk remember to carry the right gear and perhaps most importantly a map and compass.

Where to stay near Bosherston

There are not many places to stay in Bosherston itself.  But there are plenty of Campsites, B&Bs, guesthouses, hotels and self catering accommodation options nearby. 

Check to see what’s available.

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