W08: Llangwm

Grid Reference: SM959152
SatNav Co-ordinates: N 51.74730°, W 04.91282°


Llangwm village is close to Llangwm Pill, where traditional stone built fishermans cottages nestle around the water’s edge. Llangwm is located near to Black Tar, which was formerly the site of the traditional fishing industry. Llangwm was renowned throughout Pembrokeshire for its fisherwomen, who walked many miles around Pembrokeshire, dressed in their traditional costume and selling cockles, oysters and prawns. The Herring fishery in the upper estuary centred on Llangwm and Hook, and this continued into the 20th century, until trawling further downstream put a stop to it. The fishermen used compass net boats that were covered in black tar – hence the name of the site.



Llangwm is located further along the road from Hook village. A small parking area in the centre of he village by the church will allow visitors to walk down to the narrow streets of Llangwm Ferry, next to the river. Black Tar point is slightly north of the village of Llangwm, grid reference SM096095.



The village is located on a steep hill with steps leading down to Llangwm Ferry. Easier access is at Black Tar although the narrow roads need careful negotiation.



There is a village shop. The nearest public toilets are located at Burton village opposite the Jolly Sailor pub. There are toilets, shops and cafés in nearby Milford Haven.


Activities and Places of Interest nearby

Visit Black Tar, which consists of a concrete slipway down to a sheltered tidal shore with shingle and mud on the Western Cleddau. The view of the estuary makes it a good spot for watching nature. Black Tar is sited on Millstone Grits, with coal measures to the north and old red sandstone to the south. Several important east-west thrust faults cross the estuary in the section between Black Tar and Lawrenny on the far side of the Daugleddau.

Tide times for Black Tar


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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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