Coastal Change at Abereiddi

Abereiddi drone image

Coastal change is inevitable, and the forces of nature are part of the beauty and appeal of our coast. Here at Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire we are working with others to adapt to natural processes.

Managed realignment

There are few places in Pembrokeshire that feel the power of the sea more than Abereiddi.  Since the deteriorating sea wall was removed in 2012, the pace of change has sped up dramatically.  During the winter storms of 2014 we saw overnight land losses of more than five metres. 

The beach is realigning itself most rapidly at the National Trust -owned north end, as modelled by a study that the Trust helped commission with Pembrokeshire County Council. 

The erosion is also resulting in the partial loss of the quarry worker cottages. As hard sea defences at this location are not sustainable, we've surveyed the site before the most historic remains were hit by the storms. Following the survey work, we've dismantled the seaward end of the cottages, making the material available for local conservation projects.

The road to nowhere. Known locally as 'The Street', this lane runs along the front of Abereiddi's quarry cottages. It now ends abruptly on the eroding beach
Ruins at Abereiddi
Following electronic surveying by our archaeologist, we carefully dismantled the storm-damaged buildings with help from the local Prince's Trust volunteers. The stone has been stored for use on repairing structures in the vicinity
Volunteers dismantling wall at Abereiddi

The changing face of Abereiddi