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7. St Govan’s Chapel and Bosherton Lily Ponds

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St Govan’s Chapel and the Lily Ponds of Bosherton

At the village of Bosherton are three, large, finger like, artificial lakes, which were beautifully landscaped in the late eighteenth century. The westernmost lake is the most scenic, especially in the late spring and early summer when the lilies that form a carpet across its surface are in full bloom.    
 
A lane from Boshertoon dips just over a mile south to a spot overlooking cliffs where the tiny St Govan's Chapel is wedged. It is approached by a steep flight of steps leading down the cliff to the water. This remarkable building is over 800 years old, its sandy floor devoid of any furnishings save for a simple stone altar.
 
The legend runs that St. Govan was being chased by pirates who hoped to hold him as ransom to a monastery. A cleft in the rock miraculously opened for him to hide in, opening for a second time when the pirates left.
 
St Govan’s Chapel and Bosherton Lily Ponds Address:
Bosherton
Southern Pembrokeshire
Wales, UK 
 
St Govan’s Chapel and Bosherton Lily Ponds Opening Times:
All year round 
 
St Govan’s Chapel and Bosherton Lily Ponds Admission:
Free 

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