Grid Reference: SM967115
SatNav Co-ordinates: N 51.76592°, W 04.94659°
Hook village has panoramic views over the Daugleddau. From the public footpath at the National Trust car park visitors can walk down to the river bank at Little Milford, the site where compass net fishermen still operate in the season. Situated on a National Trust property, this site comprises an area of mature woodland and an old manor house, at the confluence of the Red Water stream with the Western Cleddau. The river is truly estuarine at this point with large daily fluctuations in salinity. Little Milford was recorded as a small settlement since the beginning of the 17th century, lying at the head of a small creek. It developed as an informal shipping-place, like many other Cleddau settlements. By 1839 a tramway led down from Freystrop to the quays, and an incline from Maddox Moor to Little Milford had been established by 1851. However, the decline in the coal mining industry in the early 20th century followed by the closure of the Pembrokeshire collieries in 1947 forced Little Milford to revert to a minor shipping/landing place.
Hook village is located on New Road (the C3041) reached by turning east at Freystrop cross. The National Trust car park is located on the right-hand side just before reaching the village.
The pathways down to the water’s edge are steep and rutted in places.
There are no facilities at this site.
Activities and Places of Interest nearby
Visit Little Milford, site of Compass Net Fishing. This YouTube video Fishlock’s Wales (an episode dating from 2009) tells the story of the Cleddau Compass Net Fishermen, who are licensed to fish on fixed days in the summer months. On a falling tide small boats are moored on shore to shore ropes, and using an A-shaped frame suspended in the tidal flows the netsmen wait for salmon and sewin to swim into their nets. This is a heritage fishery, once practised throughout our rivers but nowadays there are few places where it is still practised, the Daugleddau being one; a sad reflection on the decline of migratory fish stocks and loss of traditional net-to-plate subsistence fishing.