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14th November 2016 by

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Part 2: Secret Sailing Spots in Pembrokeshire

Liked part 1? you’ll love Part 2!

To all the sea lovers, the adventure continues in Pembrokeshire and we would like to share more must see perfect tranquil spots that we have come across living in Pembrokeshire. If you missed part one with Saundersfoot Harbour, Solva Harbour and Skomer Island please click here.

We now go onto explore Dale, Lawrenny and a trip out of the estuary to Caer Bwdy Bay, a short distance from the city of St Davids.


A popular spot for the locals and visiting boats as this anchorage has very good shelter in all winds that do not have an easterly element. As a long keelboat we tend to anchor opposite the outer pontoon.

In the summer months, we have motored right onto the inner pontoon and tied up alongside to go in to The Griffin or the Dale Yacht Club. This summer, we hired a Wayfarer from the West Wales Windsurfing to take our nephew out into Dale Bay to try out dinghy sailing. The whole area within, as marked by the yellow buoys, is designated, as a quiet area with a dead slow no wash speed limit to make it a safe haven for dinghy, windsurfs and kayakers. Bonus point at night when you’re trying to sleep!


If you fancy exploring up the estuary, stop off at the village of Lawrenny, the yacht station offers a number of visitor mooring buoys. We always make a point to stop at the Doghouse for a beer and pub grub or if we arrive in the daytime stop by the Quayside Café for a delicious homemade quiche and salad. We also highly recommend the circler walk around the peninsula starting by the boat yard, through the woods, across the shoreline, pass the church and back along the lane to the yacht station.

On occasions to save the pennies, you can anchor opposite by the Rhoose Ferry Moorings. Just beware of the other boats as this area is know for it strong tides. BEWARE: If you are looking to anchor past the Lawenny moorings be very careful of the Black Mixen Rock, which dries to 5m and will be lurking under the surface at high water. This is also the route if you have a smaller dinghy with a shallow draft to head up to Creswell Quay on the high tide.

Caer Bwdy Bay, St Davids

Caer Bwdy is a small pebble beach just south of St Davids. It has exposed sand at low tide and just around the corner is Caerfai Bay, which we have also anchored overnight. When you approach the beach by dinghy you will see the footpath leading to the city of St Davids and at the top you can right over the bay and spot Skomer and Skokholm Islands. Make sure you pack your boots! The walk into the city is just less than 2 miles but totally worth it. There are a number of places to eat, two of our favourities are The Bishops and The Sound Café but if you’re after something more fancy definitely book a table to The Cwtch. There is so much to do in the city, visit the cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace or time for shopping at the galleries, boutique shops and not to forget to have one of Gianni’s fabulous ice-creams.

We hope you enjoy exploring the gorgeous sailing spots around the Pembrokeshire Coast, if you would like to share with us your experience by boat please email us at FBM Holidays.

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