The tidal rivers East and West Cleddau, which branch off the Daugleddau, are known as Wales Secret Waterways. Along these banks are tiny landing places where ferries would run, transporting goods such as coal, to such towns as Bristol, along the way. It's also a place where ship building was a major part of the economy. A marine airbase was also built here and their craft would be seen moored on the river.
Lawrenny Quay is one such place, a small, quaint riverside village with a slightly run down air to it.. Here, there's a caravan site and a pub and not a lot else. There is a boating centre and boats can be launched into the river at all states of the tide. We watched some Canadian canoes messing about in the pouring rain. It didn't look particularly inviting as the river banks where they were launching looked so muddy!!
We joined a few locals fishing here and although we had a few bites, we reckon we were only feeding the crabs!!!
Lawrenny Quay is a sort of headland in the river where the Cresswell, the Carew and Daugleddau rivers converge. It makes an untouristy change visiting these riverside places although in reality, you are never far from the sea
Many years ago I remember taking a boat trip to the nature reserve of Skomer Island.from Martin's Haven, west of Milford Haven. This is owned by the RSPB and obviously it's where you go to observe birds. Puffins seemed to be what everyone was looking for. As a child, I found it not overly exciting, apart from the actual boat journey, as I didn't appreciate puffins and the like. Everyone was very excited about seeing puffins. i would rather have seen seals.These trips, along with Stockholm island, are still popular today.
You can also visit Ramsey Island, another bird sanctuary, from St. Justinians just west of St. David's. Here, you may be lucky enough to catch sight of seals and porpoises.
There is a small lump of land, called Dinas Head, between Newport and Fishguard. It's worth exploring, to get off the main road. Dinas head offers views to Fishguard bay and Newport from it's 463 ft. high cliffs.
There is a circular walk around the head which includes two very pleasant and different beaches. Cwm-yr-Eglwys, on the eastern side, literally means valley of the church and here you'll find a small, tranquil beach with a small harbour and slipway and a ruined church and graveyard.This is a memorial to the fury of the great storm in 1859 when the church was swamped. More storms, in much later years, demolished all that was left bar the still standing gable end.
It's a pretty little place but with very limited parking.
On the west of the Head, is the wilder beach of Pwlgwaelod, facing into the stormy Irish Sea. There are facilities here, toilets, car park, cafe and even a pub, the Sailor's Safety in those days, where we had a very mediocre lunch. The beach was fairly nice, if I remember, but it was raining by this time.
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