Pembrokeshire Harbours, Quays and Marinas
Cresswell Quay is quaintly situated at the tide’s limit in a picturesque arm of the Cleddau estuary, and is the haunt of many tourists seeking peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings.
Until the turn of the 19th century the name Fishguard Harbour meant the narrow inlet with its stone quay and warehouse under the cliffs beneath the town itself where the river Gwaun flows into the sea.
Milford Haven marina is now packed with yachts, cruisers and motor boats and the wharves and fishing industry buildings have been transformed into quayside shops, boutiques, salons, studios, cafes, art galleries and restaurants.
Snug between wooded banks at the lower end of the narrow Westfield Pill near the high level Cleddau Bridge, Neyland Yacht Haven enjoys a prime position in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
On one side of the harbour are cottages and a popular pub while on the other, towering over the stout stone quay, are the remains of the massive chutes of the crushing plant of a once flourishing granite quarry.
Once the coal collieries declined and closed altogether just after the war the harbour, which still accommodated fishing vessels, particularly the boats landing Carmarthen Bay clams, gradually shifted its emphasis towards tourism and the marina which thrives there today.
Solva is a small coastal village set in a deep inlet on the north shore of St Brides Bay, well hidden from the sea end, where the cliffs curve round in a protective arc. Stone cottages line the narrow main street and a carpark, with yachts sharing the space with the vehicles, allows visitors to take a walk down the quay.
Stackpole Quay, tucked under the South Pembroleshire cliffs between Stackpole Head and Greenala Point, was built in Georgian times by the wealthy, land-owning Cawdor family as part of a major landscaping project.
Tenby Harbour is a picturesque sight with its moored pleasure boats and fishing craft beached at low tide or bobbing when the water is high. Seen from the High Street above North Beach, backed by Castle Hill, with the remains of its Norman castle, now housing the resort’s fascinating private Museum.