Welcome to our 12 acre site of outstanding natural beauty, in the ‘secret waterways’ of the Cleddau estuary, in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire.
Our Learning Site
Three Natural EcoSystems
Our site sits at the heart of three natural ecosystems – marine, woodland and farm. These are central to our learning philosophy because to learn in, with, and through nature is vital to our understanding of systems and a changing climate.
Spaces & Places
We have spaces and places for all occasions across our learning site at Cymbrogi HQ which enable us to deliver our programme and workshops come rain or shine.
We can also travel to other places to do our work, but this is the Mothership.
Outdoor Learning Classrooms overlooking the estuary (made from trees sustainably felled on site). Here we are surrounded by birdsong and trees, and can enjoy the inspirational views while remaining warm and dry.
Unique access to abundant quiet spaces for thinking and doing in the natural splendour of the woods and shoreline surrounding Cymbrogi HQ.
Free play areas to explore within the woodland and a cosy Cwtch Corner for contemplating the incoming tide.
Our fully accessible compost loo is not just a practical service, it’s the circular economy in action – a perfect teachable opportunity!
Indoor & Outdoor
Outdoor & indoor accommodation and catering facilities are available. Accommodation options include camping on and around the site in comfortable bell tents and access to the Old Schoolhouse, which sleeps 22. Countless opportunities for open fires, sunrise and sunset across the estuary.
History & Location
Cymbrogi sits at the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park, in the upper reaches of one of the country’s treasured hidden waterways, the Cleddau. This former castle site has been an inspiration and home to explorers past and present.
Charles Darwin's cabin mate
The most famous of which was Charles Darwin’s former cabin-mate on the HMS Beagle. John Lort-Stokes went on to captain subsequent voyages by the Beagle and mapped large parts of Australasia – some parts of which still bear the names of his Pembrokeshire roots. We like to think that waking up to the views from this site inspired him to a life-time of adventures.
It was in part the adventures of his ancestor that inspired the current owner of the site David Lort-Phillips to co-found the Darwin Centre whose mission is to nurture future generations of young Darwins. We are delighted that the Centre is a Founding Cymbrogi Companion. One generation on, this legacy and these views went on to inspire his daughter, Liza, to found Cymbrogi Futures. What might it inspire you to do?