The Cleddau waterway takes you through tranquil, ancient woodland, with expansive salt marsh and heritage-rich tidal creeks.
From coal mines to conifers, Little Milford has seen it all over the centuries. Now it is a sanctuary for wildlife and walks.
During the 1900s around three quarters of the original oak was cut down to make way for commercial forestry. However, the National Trust is currently restoring the oak woodland to its former glory.
There is a footpath network and circular routes that you can follow and admire oak punctuated with hazel, birch and holly. There are also the remains of limekilns and former coal workings that can be seen from the footpaths.
Upstream from the busy port of Milford Haven lies this wooded valleys with a wide expanse of salt marshes and mudflats. There is a scenic circular walk that takes you through the steep-sided ancient oak woodland of Lawrenny, overlooking the main Daugleddau River and along the tidal creeks of Garron Pill and the Cresswell River.
This is the perfect place to watch wildlife, so be sure to take your binoculars. West Williamston lies within the upper reaches of the Eastern Cleddau at the confluence of the Carew and Cresswell rivers. This quiet woodland is actually managed as a nature reserve through a lease to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
Just around the corner, you can see the rocky tidal creeks of former limestone quarries, which date back to the late 18th century. Many were excavated and canalised as loading bays to allow barges to dock, but they’re now slowly becoming salt marsh.
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