E08: Lawrenny Quay
Grid Reference: SN010064
SatNav Co-ordinates: N 51.71875°, W 04.88082°
Nearest postcode SA68 0PR
Lawrenny Quay is a wonderful spot to enjoy the river walks and boating activity. The highest point along the estuary that boats can negotiate all tides, Lawrenny Quay used to have a thriving boat building trade, and was an important docking point for quarry and coal barges. In the Second World War a Royal Naval Air Station was established at Lawrenny in the spring of 1941 to train Fleet Air Arm pilots in the art of flying seaplanes. The National Trust’s web site provides details of a scenic circular walk through the steep-sided ancient oak woodland of Lawrenny, overlooking the Daugleddau River and along the tidal creeks of Garron Pill and the Cresswell River. Lawrenny has a counterpart on the river Clyde in Tasmania.
The road journey from Minwear Woods to Lawrenny Quay takes you narrow country roads via picturesque Lawrenny village and beside the Cresswell river.
The river is tidal at Lawrenny Quay, and the beach and woodland nearby are accessible with good pathways.
There is a café with outdoor seating at Lawrenny Quay together with a chandlery, caravan site and boat slipway.
Activities and Places of interest nearby
Visit the Lawrenny Quay web site, where details of circular walks in the area are available. Visit the West Williamston Nature Reserve which is managed by Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. This area is on a small promontory where the Carew and Cresswell rivers meet. This was an 18th Century limestone quarry and nowadays a wealth of fauna and flora, including Brown Hairstreak butterflies, salt marsh plants and a wide range of birdlife, thrive in the woodland, tidal inlets and limestone spoil heaps.