Holidays in West Wales
Lawrenny is the ideal place to enjoy a romantic break in Wales. A quiet village situated on the Daugleddau (the estuary where both the Eastern Cleddau and Western Cleddau meet), Lawrenny is in the inner sanctuary of thePembrokeshireCoastNational Park, often referred to as ‘The Secret Waterway’. The serenity today belies a rich history of centuries of maritime trade, river borne coal and limestone exports, boat building industry, as well as in Tudor times, Lawrenny being famous for its oysters.
A great place to stay in Pembrokeshire for keen walkers as Lawrenny has one of the county’s most popular yet secluded walks which is also a great place to spot wildlife. The 2.8 miles circular walk is diverse in scenery and ranges from drowned wooded valleys to a wide expanse of mud flats and salt marshes. The ancient trees around Lawrenny provide plentiful nest sites for hole-nesting birds from redstarts and blue tits to jackdaws and tawny owls.
As well as this The Daugleddau estuary is an important habitat for waterfowl and wading birds; Goldeneye, red-breasted merganser and curlew are attracted to the area, as well as shelduck, cormorants, herons and kingfishers. Eventually the walk leads back to the unspoilt villageof Lawrenny, which has quaint cottages and the ancient St Caradog’s church; a stunning example of a 12th Century Norman church with a square tower.
In Spring and Summer the roadside journey to Lawrenny passes hedgerows full of colour and life with flowers such as primroses, cowslips, early purple orchids, bluebells, red campion, wild garlic, honeysuckle and foxgloves coming to flower.
If you decide to stay in Lawrenny then make a visit to Lawrenny Quay where you can stop off at the Quayside; a multi award winning tearoom with a reputation for serving the best of Pembrokeshire Produce. Here you can sit outside and gaze out of the waterway whilst enjoying great big freshly baked cakes or even roast lobster!