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The western arm of Bosherston Lake, Pembrokeshire
The western arm of Bosherston Lake, Pembrokeshire | © National Trust Images/John Miller
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Bosherston Lily Ponds trail at Stackpole

An easy walk around Bosherston's beautiful lily ponds, with options to explore the dunes and pools of the Mere Pool Valley behind Broadhaven beach. The walk is mostly along even gravel paths with two narrow causeways, and is rich in wildlife all year round.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Bosherston Lily Ponds car park, grid ref: SR966948

Step 1

From the car park take the path down to the lakes.

View across Bosherston Pond at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
View across Bosherston Pond at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire | © National Trust Images/Robert Morris

Step 2

Cross the western arm of the lake by the Bosherston causeway.

Step 3

Follow the path up to the limestone bluff. A path through the bushes to your left leads up to the Fishpond Camp, an old coastal fort built 3,000 years ago when the lakes were a tidal inlet.

Step 4

Continue down to the central causeway and cross it.

Step 5

Turn right at the next junction and descend to the Grassy Bridge.

Step 6

Continue towards the sea.

Step 7

Cross over the lake outlet by a narrow stone bridge (take care in flip-flops) and continue right up the lakeside path towards Bosherston. You can also continue onto the beach, bearing right to explore the wildlife of the Mere Pool Valley.

Step 8

Return to the car park by the western arm path, stopping often to enjoy the wildlife. You may even see an otter.

An otter pokes its head out of the water among water lilies
An otter among water lilies | © National Trust Images / Jim Bebbington

End point

Bosherston Lily Ponds car park, grid ref: SR966948

Trail map

A map of the Bosherston lily ponds trail at Stackpole
Bosherston lily ponds trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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