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Old 17 September 2021, 14:23   #1
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Staying in Freshwater East which I'd booked some time ago because I'd heard it has a decent slip and a sheltered bay. It does have a good slip and access to the beach, but parking is a trek, especially if your launching on your own. Sheltered?? Well it's sheltered i'sh. However that's not the reason why I've not launched there so far this holiday.

With my recent OB problems I wanted to launch somewhere easy and more importantly, calm, to make sure everything was in order with the OB. A good few suggestions had been made, thanks Jon Tallis and others, but I stumbled upon this place purely by accident, I went the wrong way to Tesco!

Cleddau Reach Car Park

What a fantastic free slip with free parking. To be honest it wouldn't make any difference if it wasn't free. In my very short Sibbing career, it's the best "set" of slips I've launched from. Three slips, all different directions, launch at all states of tide,very sheltered and all in fantastic condition. It's very doubtful I'll be launching anywhere else this holiday. There is more than enough here to keep me exploring for days on end.

I'll hopefully post some pics of the rivers, estuary and pubs visited as the week progresses.
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Old 17 September 2021, 15:09   #2
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Staying in Freshwater East which I'd booked some time ago because I'd heard it has a decent slip and a sheltered bay. It does have a good slip and access to the beach, but parking is a trek, especially if your launching on your own. Sheltered?? Well it's sheltered i'sh. However that's not the reason why I've not launched there so far this holiday.

With my recent OB problems I wanted to launch somewhere easy and more importantly, calm, to make sure everything was in order with the OB. A good few suggestions had been made, thanks Jon Tallis and others, but I stumbled upon this place purely by accident, I went the wrong way to Tesco!

Cleddau Reach Car Park

What a fantastic free slip with free parking. To be honest it wouldn't make any difference if it wasn't free. In my very short Sibbing career, it's the best "set" of slips I've launched from. Three slips, all different directions, launch at all states of tide,very sheltered and all in fantastic condition. It's very doubtful I'll be launching anywhere else this holiday. There is more than enough here to keep me exploring for days on end.

I'll hopefully post some pics of the rivers, estuary and pubs visited as the week progresses.


Steve this looks amazing, great when you find a hidden gem. Hope you’re having a great time and making the most of the gaps in the weather.

I’m a few White Russians down in our Roseland cottage, trying to talk my better half into letting me buy a boat trailer… not sure I’ll win until we both quit our theatre jobs and move nearer the coast (more and more tempting…)

Hope your outboard issues are a thing of the past and that you get lots of use of your new found launch spot.
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Old 17 September 2021, 17:04   #3
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Steve this looks amazing, great when you find a hidden gem. Hope you’re having a great time and making the most of the gaps in the weather.

I’m a few White Russians down in our Roseland cottage, trying to talk my better half into letting me buy a boat trailer… not sure I’ll win until we both quit our theatre jobs and move nearer the coast (more and more tempting…)

Hope your outboard issues are a thing of the past and that you get lots of use of your new found launch spot.
The trailer has made a significant difference PK, it makes everything so much easier and quicker whilst on holiday. But the key for me is that it can be completely dismantled to transport in the caravan and makes it easier to store.
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Cleddau Reach Car Park

What a fantastic free slip with free parking. To be honest it wouldn't make any difference if it wasn't free. In my very short Sibbing career, it's the best "set" of slips I've launched from. Three slips, all different directions, launch at all states of tide,very sheltered and all in fantastic condition.
Are they listed in Boatlaunch? If not will you add them?
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Old 18 September 2021, 05:39   #5
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Wow that car park is quiet... not seen those many spaces at the coast for a long time.
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Wow that car park is quiet... not seen those many spaces at the coast for a long time.

Wont be from now onwards, listed on here and maybe on boatlaunch and free!
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Old 18 September 2021, 13:30   #7
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Wow that car park is quiet... not seen those many spaces at the coast for a long time.
To be fair, it wasn't that quite when we launched at midday, that picture was taken at 6.00pm. Lots of canoes, kayaks and plenty of Motorhomes parked up. Not many boat trailers though, in fact I only saw a couple of Ribs the whole afternoon and it was a beautiful day.
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Old 18 September 2021, 14:50   #8
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The trailer has made a significant difference PK, it makes everything so much easier and quicker whilst on holiday. But the key for me is that it can be completely dismantled to transport in the caravan and makes it easier to store.
Can’t beat a trailer Steve
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Old 18 September 2021, 15:33   #9
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It works well for me Jeff and the HDPE on the bunks has worked wonders.

The past couple of days haven't been the best to be out Sibbing weather wise, so we've had a day of walking and a day of driving to places we want to see.
Managed to drive to one place that I wanted to go to by SIB but the tide wouldn't be right to get there this week, the Cresselly Arms - what a pub! 1920 throw back. I shall definitely make sure the next time I'm down here that the tide is right to visit by SIB.
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Great day out on the Cleddau in Redneck, followed by lunch and a few pints at the Lawrenny Arms whilst listening to a Welsh choir. Sundays don't come much better than this


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Out again this afternoon for a couple of hours. Would have really liked to have launched off the beach at Freshwater East and gone along the coast to Tenby, but an incoming tide with an offshore wind made it impractical/stupid to do so.
Now understand why Fenlander choses places to holiday with a plan A, B & C to launch.
Launched again at Cleddau Reach Car Park and went out under the Cleddau bridge toward Neyland and Milford Haven before turning and going with the tide back up the Cleddau.
Back out again tomorrow, launching at the same place and heading down stream towards Dale before returning for a late lunch at the Lawrenny Arms.
Hope to post a video when I get back home to give an overview of what is a brilliant place to be on the water.
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>>>understand why Fenlander choses places to holiday with a plan A, B & C to launch.

Yep born out of the fact our minimum run to the sea is almost two hours so a total nightmare to find the wind has kicked up against forecast and it's too bad to launch into a single option. So we always seek a place where an "up the estuary" or "other side of the island" option is available.

A weird aside... that "1920s" pub and the locals were behind a horse they had great fun with winning at some prestige courses a few years back... hence all the pictures in the bar.

Same for holidays where two weeks might be booked months ahead and you really don't want to find that only beach launch location suffers half the holiday with vicious winds and breaking onshore seas.

Anyway this year we'd have been pleased to get a sniff of even the option C... still as Del boy said... next year we'll.....

Goes without saying it's great to see your outing reports and images.
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Nice Vid/pics and write up Wish I'd done more in the area.
Relieved to see the content!....
I remeber an film in the 80's (of a certain type) called "Cindy does Dallas"
....that was about a Cheerleader ....and the whole Dallas Cowboy football team
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I remeber an film in the 80's (of a certain type) called "Cindy does Dallas"
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I always thought it was "Debbie Does Dallas", but what's in name with assets like that
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Suburb last day out on the water, everything went to plan. Launched at Cleddau Reach Car Park and headed down the Cleddau past Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Irish Ferry Terminal, Milford Haven, Gas Terminal, Oil Terminal, Oil Refinery, Tugs, Gas Carriers, Oil Tankers, Stack Rock Fort then onto Dale.
It was really interesting seeing the commercial side of the Cleddau. The stark contrast of the beautiful countryside, river, sea and beaches sitting alongside the industrial side of the estuary was at times hard to come to terms with.
The juxtaposition of Stack Rock Fort built to defend against any French attack by Napolean III and the 20th century industrialisation can be seen in the picture below.
I should hopefully get a video posted by the end of next week.
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Suburb last day out on the water, everything went to plan. Launched at Cleddau Reach Car Park and headed down the Cleddau past Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Irish Ferry Terminal, Milford Haven, Gas Terminal, Oil Terminal, Oil Refinery, Tugs, Gas Carriers, Oil Tankers, Stack Rock Fort then onto Dale.

It was really interesting seeing the commercial side of the Cleddau. The stark contrast of the beautiful countryside, river, sea and beaches sitting alongside the industrial side of the estuary was at times hard to come to terms with.

The juxtaposition of Stack Rock Fort built to defend against any French attack by Napolean III and the 20th century industrialisation can be seen in the picture below.

I should hopefully get a video posted by the end of next week.


Those industrial sites look very imposing, I imagine a little intimidating in a small boat? Look forward to the video
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Great thread redneck, you'll have to apply for a job with Pembrokeshire Tourism , hope to catch up if/when you're down next
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Great thread redneck, you'll have to apply for a job with Pembrokeshire Tourism , hope to catch up if/when you're down next
If the job comes with a cottage by the water with a nearby slip put the apication form in the post
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