E06: Canaston Bridge
Grid Reference: SN065152
SatNav Co-ordinates: N 51.80275°, W 04.80772°
Canaston Bridge spans the Eastern Cleddau just above its confluence with the Narberth Brook. A pathway beside the river bank leads to Toch woodlands beyond. Nearby is the location of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s abstraction facility, where on average 33 mega litres of river water are taken from the river per day. At Canaston Bridge there is a Natural Resources Wales (NRW, formerly the Environment Agency Wales) ‘river station’ where river levels and flows are closely monitored. This information is available on a public website at http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels/riverstation.aspx?StationId=4085. It helps NRW to gauge flood risk for the areas downstream. In times of high rainfall the water levels and flows can be very high – dangerous – and cause much damage to river banks and surrounding land and properties.
Canaston Bridge is on the main A40 road near between Robeston Wathen and Slebech, by the roundabout junction with the A4075 to Tenby/Pembroke. There is free parking in the car park on the Llawhaden road north of the A40.
The site is accessible via surfaced paths and accessible slopes.
There are no facilities at the site.
Watch and hear the Swallows and Martins that nest between the girders under the A40 road bridge – they swoop back and forth feeding young during the spring and summer months, oblivious to the endless rush of traffic above. A section of the Pembrokeshire Trail walking route can be followed from Gelli to Canaston Bridge. Oakwood Theme Park and Bluestone National Park Resort are located near to Canaston. Picton Point (SN010122) and Slebech Park (SN032140) are additional locations to visit on the Cleddau Trail by travelling towards Haverfordwest and turning off south at Slebech Park or towards Picton Castle.