Bosherston is a tiny village just 5 miles south of Pembroke but it’s the epicentre of the Pembrokeshire climbing scene.
The village provides an access point to the National Trust Bosherston Lakes, three flooded limestone valleys that are covered with lilies in June and teaming with wildlife and also the golden sands of Broad Haven south beach and its iconic Church Rock.
Bosherston is on the route of the Coastal Cruiser, service number 388 and links the Castlemartin peninsula villages to Pembroke, which also have a railway station.
The village is clustered around the local parish church dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. It was built in the late 1200s on the foundations of an even earlier place of worship.
Apart from farmers, agricultural workers and coastguards, those living in the village in 1851 included quarrymen, a schoolmistress, a clergyman, a groom, a carpenter and a laundress. A quite self-sufficient village!
In 1938, nearly one-quarter of the parish, to the west, was bought to form part of the R.A.C. range for the War Department, further land was acquired to the south of the village in 1940. Today this land now forms Castlemartin Tank Range.
The limestone cliffs around Bosherston make this tiny hamlet a climbing mecca and are crisscrossed by up to a thousand hard climbing routes including some of the most taxing routes in the UK. There are easier routes too but it’s places like Huntsman’s Leap near St Govan’s Chapel that epitomise the Pembrokeshire climbing reputation.
Bosherston Lakes are well known for their beautiful setting. They occupy a series of flooded limestone valleys that were once the picturesque gardens of Stackpole House, the grand country seat of The Cawdor Family.
From the small car park next to the church in Bosherston a footpath leads to the first lake and an enticing causeway takes you across to the far side. The path then meanders round the lake, over another causeway and a bridge to bring you, unexpectedly, to a fabulous beach at Broad Haven South.
St Govan’s chapel is another fascinating place to visit. Tucked into a cleft in the cliffs, it is one of the most picturesque sixth century hermit’s chapels in Britain. It is named after the hermit and saint who lived there.
Food & drink
There is a pub, the St Govan’s Country Inn in Bosherston.
Ye Olde Worlde Cafe has been serving tea on their front lawn since the 1920s. It’s a Pembrokeshire must do.
There are several small campsites and touring caravan sites in Bosherston or at nearby St Petrox. There are some quality B&Bs in the vicinity and hotels in nearby Pembroke. Self-catering cottages can be found all across the Castlemartin peninsula, including some cottages in Bosherston itself. Search for accommodation.