W01: Scleddau

Grid Reference: SM946336
SatNav Co-ordinates: N 51.96346°, W 04.99006°
Nearest postcode SA65 9RJ


Scleddau next to the Cleddau river tributary which flows from Esgyrn Bottom, past the tiny church of St Justinians, under the A40 and beyond through agricultural land towards Letterston. Here the Afon Cleddau tributary joins the main Western Cleddau river which flows from Croesgoch via W2 Llangloffan Fen, the next site on the Cleddau Trail.




To reach Scleddau travel up the A40 towards Fishguard and park in the lay-by just to south of Scleddau village opposite the signed entrance to St Justinian’s church.



The tracks and paths towards St Justinians are accessible with good surfaces, although the churchyard and river bank are grassy, uneven and sometimes muddy. In the lay-by for car parking there is also a grassy area with picnic benches.



There are no facilities at the site. In the daytime, snacks and hot drinks are available from a mobile kitchen in the adjacent layby. There are toilets, shops and cafés in nearby Fishguard & Goodwick to the north, and in Letterston to the south.


Activities and Places of Interest nearby

Many footpaths in the area take in the rolling countryside, small rivers and streams, including a longer circular walk to Esgyrn Bottom, which the Afon Cleddau flows through from its source at Llygad y Cleddau (‘Eye of the Cleddau’) a little to the north-east of Trecwn. A Woodland Trust wood and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Esgryn Bottom is a very special habitat. It is the most westerly raised peat bog in Wales, with semi-ancient woodland areas, rare mosses and liverworts, as well as a colony of purple hairstreak butterflies.

In Goodwick to the north, Sea Trust’s excellent marine exhibition in the Ocean Lab by the sea front is well-worth a visit. Sea Trust carry out important marine mammal conservation work in Pembrokeshire and their aquaria display together with giant shark and coracle models are very interesting.


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The Cleddau Trail Map

The Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust Cleddau Trail takes you on two 'Source to Sea' river journeys. Follow the Western Cleddau Trail to discover unspoilt natural habitats, home to migratory salmon and sewin, kingfishers and other wildlife. The Eastern Cleddau Trail follows the flow of Pembrokeshire's rainwater as it becomes drinking water.


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