The Daugleddau Estuary
Pembrokeshire’s hidden waterway.
The Daugeleddau estuary is the coming together of four rivers; the Western and Eastern Cleddau, Carew and Cresswell rivers in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The upper reaches of the Daugleddau estuary are particularly stunning; with steep, wooded banks alternating with gently sloping farmland.
The numerous pills and creeks, and the foreshore of the main channel, are nationally important for the thousands of wintering waders and wildfowl which feed on the mudflats at low tide, and roost on the banks and fringing marsh at high tide. In the summer, breeding shelduck and mallard are common, and can be seen with their broods of small ducklings.
Most of the waterway is hidden away from the world which is why it has the name ‘the secret waterway’. To explore this area on foot you’d need to use an Ordnance Survey map to follow the Landsker Borderlands Trail, it’s a circular walk into the neighbouring county of 59miles but at its western fringes it follow the banks of the Cresswell River to Lawrenny then north to Landshipping.
But the best way to explore this hidden world has to be by kayak or canoe. Much of the estuary is inaccessible and with superb sheltered waters what could be better than guiding your kayak down a tiny Pill with just the sound of the birds and the gentle sway of the water for company.