E05: Llawhaden Church
Grid Reference: SN074173
SatNav Co-ordinates: N 51.82174°, W 04.79520°
Llawhaden Church is situated on the banks of the Eastern Cleddau river at some distance downhill of Llawhaden village itself. It is a peaceful, picturesque location with an interesting historical past. At Llawhaden Church the local angling club Pembrokeshire Angling Association, have constructed accessible platforms over the river pools. Llawhaden is one of the oldest villages in Pembrokeshire, lying on the Landsker Line and on one of the pilgrim routes to St David’s. The Welsh name is Llanhuadain which means ‘monastic enclosure of the monk Aiden’. Aiden was an Irish disciple of St David. The church of St Aiden has two towers, a 13th century two storey tower and a 14th century three storey tower next to it.
From Llawhaden village follow the C3011 towards Canaston and turn sharply left following road signs for Llawhaden Church and the coarse fishery.
The site is accessible on the road next to St Aiden’s church at Llawhaden.
There are no facilities here.
Activities and Places of interest nearby
At the angling platforms, watch for signs of fish surfacing to take flies and the occasional blue flash of a passing kingfisher. Walk the Pembrokeshire Trail from Gelli to Llawhaden, part of the route from Newport in north Pembrokeshire, to Amroth on the south coast. There is a fishery nearby, a privately owned still-water coarse and river fishery comprising a stretch of the Eastern Cleddau plus three lakes, stocked with carp, tench, crucian carp and a mixed coarse fishery. The castle ruins in Llawhaden village further uphill are very imposing with scenic views across the countryside. Interpretation panels on the village green describe the interesting history of the area.