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Miford Haven Section of the Coast Path
SPECIAL NOTE
I have included some pictures from before Southhook LNG was constructed for added interest. This route follows the amended track established in 2003.
 
Coast Path - Hazelbeach to Venn Farm
Comment
5km, hilly in places, some steps, going can be soft after rain.
Walk incorporates dramatic changes in scenery and terrain. Approximately half of the route is on a bank well above the Haven with a short, steep section descending to the coastline before ascending again. The walk veers inland via a well made track, then joins a country path. Good views of Milford Haven.

 
The Path
Start at the Ferry Inn Car Park at Hazel Beach 948/048. Take the lane that runs alongside the Ferry Inn (not the road to Waterston) and look for the path, signposted approximately 250m up the hill. When the path devides, turn left and follow the coast.
The first section crosses two large gulleys on steel bridges, one of which offers an interesting view of the Petroplus Jetty and its pipework. Views of the Haven Waterway can be seen on the left as well as the shrub/tree camouflage of Petroplus on the right.
After crossing the second bridge continue alongside the perimeter fence until the fence runs out. Continue along a very short loose stone path. (The path used to turn inland here but was diverted in 2003. The new section is one of the best bits of this route.)
Climb over the style and turn left to follow the edge of the field along the coast, you will be rewarded with excellent views of the jetties that make up this commercial section of the Haven Waterway. Eventually another style grant access through a metal railing fence near the Navigation Marker boards.
Turn directly inland alongside the metal railing and the Navigation Markers. When you reach the corner of this field climb over a style. The path continues as a "Mowed Grass" track which eventually crosses a wooded bridge. After the bridge it becomes a ver short rough stone path. Turn left onto the farm track at the end of this path.
The next turn is very easy to miss. Watch the hedge on your left and you soon see a white faded notice board saying private. Immediately before the board, there was a left turn to continue on the coast path. (The turn is within 10m of the board but it is not always easy to see.) Take this narrow path. (You are now back on the original coast path.) Follow this until an 'acorn' sign indicates that a field has to be crossed. The path continues on the other side, look towards a destinctive clump of trees, the exit to the field is not visible from where you enter but is obvious when you reach the clump of trees. Follow the path at the exit to this field. After passing a farm, a vehicle track is reached. Turn right onto this track and you will arrive at the Milford to Waterston Road at Venn Farm. 923/059
Coast Path - Venn Farm to Dudley Marine
Comment
1km road walk including steep hill. No footpath - This section is only included because it patches a break in the coast path and the view from the road at Black Bridge 916/061 can be interesting at high tide.
 
The Path
Start at the entrance to Venn Farm 923/059 approx. 1km after Black Bridge on the Milford to Waterston road. Follow the road towards Milford Haven and descend the hill until you reach the bridge (The bridge looks more like a dam than a bridge). Climb the hill on the other side and ignore the first sign to the path on your left. (This sends you down a bank to the beach but it is currently impossible to get round to the next section from here.) Continue on the road until you reach the 30 mph sign. A dirt track makes a sharp left turn past Dudley Marine boat yard. 915/062

 
Coast Path - Dudley Marine to Beach Hill
There are two separate routes for this section. The easiest route is described under the heading Low Tide. Unfortunately this route is impassible at high tide due to flooding. I have also indicated the harder, alterntative route that is passable at high tide.
 
(LOW TIDE)
Comment

This section floods at high tide. For this reason, I have also described an alternative high tide route. If you don't object to salt water encouraging corrosion on your vehicle, parking is possible in an area at the end of Cellar Hill. 914/059 Please note that the dirt track and parking area get flooded at high tide - make sure your vehicle is moved in time.
1km. Short slope, then easy level ground followed by short but steep hill.
 
Path
Starting at Dudley Marine Boat Yard 915/062 travel down the rough track to Castle Pill. Make sure that the tide is well out or take the alternative high tide route. Walk round the dirt track with the pill on your right. Continue past the first road climbing up the hill. When you reach a gravel surfaced road and a fence blocks the way, turn right and climb the tarmac hill called Beach Hill. After about 150m take the a narrow path which climbs to the right. 912/057. This is where the high and low tide routes merge.

 
(HIGH TIDE)
Comment
This section can be hard to follow particularly in the late evening. Parking can be difficult at high tide. The walk is hilly (approx. 1km) and some sections are muddy after rain. The low tide route rates as easy, this section rates as moderate.
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Path
Starting at Dudley Marine Boat Yard 915/062 travel down the rough track until you reach a Lime Kiln on your right. Just past the kiln the path branches off on the right. Follow the path until it reaches Cellar Hill (very quiet road). Go down the hill until the tarmac starts to break up. At the bottom (on your right) you will see a Celtic Cross - this marks the path entrance. Take the path climbing steeply up the bank. This path leads to Beach Hill. Walk down the hill a short distance and take the path climbing up on your right. 912/057. This is where the high and low tide routes merge.
Coast Path - Beach Hill to Vicary Crescent
Comment
0.5km, mud path
This short section is best taken at high tide because it offers excellent views of Castle Pill. Roadside parking in Vicary Crescent is possible and tide permitting there is some parking at the base of Beach Hill. (This parking floods at high tide!)
 
The Path
Starting half way down Beach Hill 912/057 pick up the path and follow it. It runs high above the pill offering excellent views. (At low tide it only offers views of a muddy creek.) The path exits at the end of a tarmac cycleway. 912/055The roadside parking in Vicary Crescent is on your right.
Coast Path - Vickary Crescent to Tesco
Comment
3km level except for one short steep downhill stretch - all hard ground. Strictly speaking the coast path follows a tarmac cycle route through a cut which is a disused railway. Turning right at the brick hut at the end of the last section takes you along a very level but fairly uninteresting route directly to the marina. I prefer the alternative route along the scenic sea front area of Milford Haven called The Rath. This is the route described below. (You can usually park very close to any part of this route.)
 
The Path
Turn left at the brick hut towards the white houses in Vickary Crescent. Turn left and continue a short distance until you reach a wide road. There will be grass open land and the Haven on your left. Turn left and follow the wide roadside footpath. Pass the bandstand, mine, watergardens etc. until you see a purple stone pinnacle in the junction where the road ends is reached. (This pinnacle is a present to the people of Milford from the Belgian fishermen who stayed here during World War I. Turn left at the pinnacle, descending the steep hill. At the bottom there is an opening giving access to the Marina complex. Walk towards the Marina. We could turn left at the edge of the marina, following the seaward road and taking a short cut that takes 2 km off our route. Unfortunately this is only possible when the lock gates (about 0.4km further on) are closed. The long route is always passable. At the Marina, follow the path on the inside (shore side) of the pontoons. Keeping the Marina on your left, follow the dockside path until you see Victoria Bridge and Tesco on your right.899/061
Coast Path - Tesco to Hakin Point
Comment
0.7km, road through commercial dock
This short section is included to link up two very pleasant sections of the coast path. The last few hundred metres is down a lane with a cliff on one side and the back of dock buildings on the other. The start gives an interesting view of a working fishing port. A track has been painted along much of the route, this is the recommended route - (this is a working area.) The start of the section passes some interesting buildings including a seal hospital, play area, college and a fish market.

 
The Path
From the parking below Victoria Bridge (the road bridge next to Tesco)899/061 walk, keeping the docks on your left, until you reach the Phoenix Bowl. Take the road to the right of the Bowl (to avoid a busy working quay) until you see the main Haven waterway. This leads to Hakin Point 091/054. (The short cut across the ock gates also leads to Hakin Point.)
Coast Path - Hakin Point to Gelliswick Bay
Comment
2.5km (including diversion). Tarmac path, one slope, some steps, 100m of shale beach, road / footpath. Choice of elevated walkway with many steps or direct route with no steps. Final stage is road then footpath, set of steps, steep hill to level beach.
 
The Path
A short section of coast path at Hakin Point was lost during a landslip. There is an unsigned diversion which uses a short stretch of quiet road. From Hakin Point 091/054 follow sea wall away from the dock entrance. Locate the temporary barrier blocking access to the main path.
 
Diversion (around section of path closed by landslide.)
Turn right and follow the road as it climbs away from the coast. (This is called Hakin Point or Chapel Street on some maps but the road name is not clearly signposted.)
After about 150m, the road makes a sharp left turn (it is now called Wellington Road.) Continue for about 150m before turning left into Waterloo Gardens.
After about 60m, Wellington Gardens makes a sharp right turn. Take the tarmac path on the left hand side of this bend. The path heads directly towards the see. You are now back on the coast path and have cleared the landslip.
Turn right to contine your walk.
Eventually this path takes a sharp right turn with a low brick wall on the left.
 
Alternative 1
Avoiding Elevated Walkway

Turn right and follow main path until it becomes a lane. This leads to Picton Road. 895/056
 
Alternative 2
Elevated Walkway

Descend the steps hidden behind the low brick wall. Follow the elevated walkway built into the sea wall. Continue along the beach and step up and through the open archway. Ascend the path which becomes a lane. This leads to Picton Road. 895/056
 
Turn left and pass Hakin CP School. Take the track straight ahead which leads to a flight of steps. Turn left down the hill to Gelliswick Bay 888/056. (Free parking available.)
 
Possible second diversion
When as you pass Hakin CP School you will find a new school being constructed next to the desired track. When last checked (August 2016) the track was still open. If the track does close you will need continue on the main road until you clear the construction site. Take the first available left turn and cross the field using any available route.
You should exit somewhere on Gelliswick Road. Turn left onto Gelliswick Road (towards the see.) Stay on this road, passing the other side of the school construction site and you will descend a hill into Gelliswick Bay.
Coast Path - Gelliswick Bay to Sandy Haven
Comment
1.3km of tarmac easy walking, followed by a very steep descending flight of steps, immediately followed by similar flight of steps going up, finally 3.5km of medium difficulty normal coast path. (The steps are tiring to novices and can make the final section feel more difficult.) There are no other exits along this entire stretch of path! Do not descend the steps at Esso Jetty unless you are confident about reclimbing them. There is parking at Gelliswick Bay and a small car park next to the caravan site at Sandy Haven 857/073, the next exit.
 
The Path
Starting at Gelliswick Bay 888/056, walk alongside the beach with the sea on your left. At the end of the beach follow the road that goes straight on. After passing a jetty entrance on your the left and houses on the right, a gate is reached. Go past the gate and follow the path to reach the steps above an old jetty. Descend the steps, cross the beach to get under the jetty at Southook LNG and then climb the steps on the other side. Stop and catch your breath, there are no problems like those steps on the rest of the route. There is only one path so the route is easy to follow. Some sections offer spectacular views including a 360 degree panorama with the Haven on one side and flat open land on the other. (Esso refinery used to be situated here but it was taken over to form Southhook LNG.) Watch out for Stack Rock, a tiny island dominated by a fort. Take the path leading to a carpark 857/073 immediately before the caravan site. If the tide is out, you may wish to consider going onto the beach and following the little stream. Opposite the point where the road joins the beach, you will find a set of stepping stones designed for crossing the river. The stones are only visible at low tide, on a spring high tide the entire beach gets flooded.