Burton, Llangwm and Hook
Burton is a small village overlooking the River Cleddau with a landing pontoon in summer and a popular waterside pub with a riverside beer garden.
Llangwm is an attractive old fishing village built around an inlet further upstream from Burton. Unusually for Wales, the normal pronounciation of the double 'L' isn't used here. Llangwm is pronounced 'Langum'.
Hook village is 1 ½ miles north of Llangwm.
What's in Burton, Llangwm and Hook?
Activities - Sat right on the banks of the River Cleddau, Burton is a popular venue for all things water based. There are moorings for yachts and small watercraft on the pontoon outside the Jolly Sailor pub. Longer term moorings are available from Rudders Boat Yard who also run RYA courses for sail and power boats.
Food and drink - The Jolly Sailor at Burton ferry has the perfect location right on the waters edge provides an extensive lunchtime and evening menu. At the top of the hill is the Stable Inn, which offers varied menu.
Activities - The landing slip at Black Tar provides access to the river for small boat users at all states of the tide.
Food and drink - There's a pub, The Cottage Inn, providing food and a small village shop at Llangwm.
Activities - Little Milford Woods, owned by The National Trust, border the northern end of the village where a small car park can be found. These woods cover the high banks of the Western Cleddau which meanders around the village. For an interesting walk, go down to the bottom of Pill Road and take the old miners' drove road over to Lower Quay Road.
Food and drink - There's a small village shop in Hook and the Cottage Inn in Llangwm
There are a few small camping & caravan sites nearby. There are one or two B&Bs and hotels in the vicinity and in nearby Haverfordwest. There are also a few self catering cottages and chalets, especially in Burton.
The History of Burton, Llangwm and Hook
Until 1982, HMS Warrior was moored on the river opposite Burton. It was used as a floating pontoon for the naval fuel depot that once stood on the opposite bank. It was taken from Burton to Hartlepool to be renovated and refitted as it would have been when it was the Navys flaghip. It's now at Portsmouth Harbour. There are photographs of The Warrior in The Jolly Sailor.
The village was established by The Normans after they invaded south Pembrokeshire. They brought in disposessed Flemish refugees and placed them in between themselves and the Welsh to the north. Prior to this, local folklore suggests previous settlers were Viking raiders who over wintered on the Milford Haven waterway.
This village was once busy with coal mining with dozens of small pits extracting anthracite. The last pit closed in 1959 and almost nothing remains to indicate where it was.