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This walk, along the peaceful tidal reaches of the Cresswell River is a very pleasant alternative to the coast. The route follows very quiet lanes and the Landsker Borderlands Trail.
Directions to start of walk OS Map Ref 044075
Turn left out of the end of the drive. Go to the end of St Issells Avenue and turn right at the Tee junction.
Continue under the railway bridge, to the traffic island (Macdonalds is on your left). Turn right at the island (4th exit) into Freemans Way. At the end of Freemans Way, turn right at the traffic island towards St Clears. At the next island, bear right still towards St Clears.
Follow the A40 for about 6 miles until you reach the island at Canaston Bridge. Turn right here onto the A4075 towards Pembroke Dock & Tenby. In about 2 miles you will reach the entrance to Oakwood Theme Park. At the following staggered crossroads, turn right towards Martlewy, Landshipping & Lawrenny.
In just under 2 miles, the road bends sharply to the left. Shortly afterwards, bear left towards Cresswell Quay. Follow this lane to the tee junction and then turn left, still towards Cresswell Quay and Carew. At the next tee junction, turn sharp right towards Lawrenny.
Pass a farm on your right and then look out for Little Pencoed, also on your right. Park in the lay by opposite.
Continue along the lane in the same direction, shortly turning left towards Big Pencoed.
Follow this very quiet lane along it's whole length, until it merges in with a slightly larger lane. Continue on in the same general direction and in a few yards you will reach
the village of Lawrenny. Turn left at the village green towards Lawrenny Quay.
In about 200 yards, look out for a lichen covered finger post on your left which points to Cresswell Quay. Cross the stile here and follow the wooden causeway through a kissing gate. Bear right and follow the hedge and river on your right across a 'couple' of large fields (sorry that this is a bit vague but these fields are sometimes sub divided by electric fences).
On reaching a facing hedge, turn left and follow the hedge for about 200 yards to a stile. Cross the stile and continue with the hedge on your right through 2 bridle gates and around the perimeter of a field. At the end of a stand of trees turn right over a rough wooden footbridge and stile, following the hedge on your right back towards the river.
Cross a stile and follow the perimeter of the field to a further stile part way along the facing hedge. After the stile, bear right and follow the hedge across a large pasture turning left at the facing fence. In about 200 yards you will reach a stile on your right, which leads into a stony farm track. Follow the track for a further 100 yards, in the same direction until it bends sharply to the left. Cross the stile on your right and follow the field with the hedge on your right.
Go through a new plantation and cross the stile into a wood. Go over 2 streams and then follow a sunken track around the perimeter of a field. As the track climbs up to the same level as the field continue on to the far right hand corner. Cross the stile & gate here into a narrow pasture. Walk roughly in the centre of the field but bear left towards the left hand hedge. At the left hand corner, you will reach a bridle gate. Follow the narrow path alongside the fence.
At the end of the path, turn left onto a farm track. (Alternatively, you can continue straight on to Cresswell Quay & the Cresselly Arms, as indicated by finger post. However there are stepping stones which are only passable up to 2 hours either side of low tide.) Otherwise, follow the farm track to the road. Turn left and return to your car.