Yachting Monthly - - A LONG WEEKEND -


The main at­trac­tion of this ham­let, moor­ings and an­chor­age is that there is noth­ing here but tran­quil scenery and si­lence. Sit­u­ated just short of the junc­tion of the Eastern and Western Cled­dau, we like to an­chor north of the moor­ings un­der the trees so we can watch the wad­ing birds on Sprin­kle Pill mudflats.


The Cresswell River joins the Dau­gled­dau at Lawrenny and of­fers a won­der­ful high tide ex­plo­ration op­por­tu­nity. At the creek’s head lie ru­ined cas­tle walls, a few houses and a solid quay with a stony bot­tom that pre­cludes dry­ing out. Apart from pleas­ant walks, the main at­trac­tion is the friendly and old-fash­ioned Cres­selly Arms hand­ily placed be­hind the quay. Don’t ex­pect to eat here – a bag of pork scratch­ings and beer served from a jug is the or­der of the day.


Shel­tered from the pre­vail­ing south-west winds, this bay of­fers dry­ing and deep-wa­ter op­tions for vis­it­ing yachts. As ever, shoal draft boats have a shorter dinghy run ashore where vis­i­tors can visit the vil­lage, its shop, the Hiber­nia Inn, the cas­tle and the church. The sandy beach of West An­gle is a short walk away, and the Old Point House over­look­ing the moor­ings is an ideal place to re­fresh while ad­mir­ing your boat.


Although only ac­ces­si­ble by yachts able to take the ground, I can’t re­sist in­clud­ing this shal­low creek. When the tide is out, it is the pre­serve of walk­ers, fam­ily groups, and horse rid­ers. When the tide is high, it trans­forms into a flooded pri­vate na­ture re­serve vir­tu­ally de­void of hu­man­ity. Fin-keel boats can an­chor off and en­joy a spot of dinghy creek crawl­ing or stretch their legs on the excellent beach and coastal path.


The bay is full of moor­ings, the pon­toon is a hub of ac­tiv­ity, and dinghies, kayaks, and pad­dle­board­ers weave be­tween an­chored boats. A float­ing pon­toon of­fers berthing for vis­it­ing yachts, while Dale Yacht Club and the renowned Grif­fin Inn give a rea­son to in­flate the dinghy. A pop­u­lar cen­tre for sail­ing and hol­i­day­mak­ers alike, fine beaches are a short walk away and the coastal path of­fers the more ac­tive a scenic op­tion.

Moor up for a pint and a packet of pork scratch­ings at the Cres­selly Arms

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