Home Page
Photographs
Event List
Walking
Coast Path Inland Paths Town Trails
 
Holidays/Festivals
Astronomical
Local Maps
Directories
Local History
Public Transport
Oversees Visitor?
Welsh Language
Contact Us
DigitalDan Websites
Other Sites
Hit Counter 242
©2000-2017 DigitalDan.co.uk
Open Data © the credited
organisations.
Email address scroller
www.MilfordHaven.info
 
QR Code www.MilfordHaven.info
Milford Haven Independent Tourist Information Logo Tourist Information
This service is provided by www.DigitalDan.co.uk
www.MilfordHaven.info
Note
Due to the large number of interest points on this trail, it has been split into 6 sections. Print every section to complete the route.
Milford Haven Town Trail - Section 1
The majority of this trail is a gentle walk around the Marina and the edge of the Haven Waterway. Unfortunately, two of the sections are unsuitable for wheelchairs or those with walking difficulties, (a set of steps/grass bank and a short but very steep hill.)
 
Our walk starts at the Mackerel Stages, in Milford Haven Marina. Enter the docks via the main entrance, turn left and drive around the Marina, keeping the boats on your right. Continue until you find the Mackerel Stages on your left.
Point 1 Point 1 - Mackerel Stages
The purpose built landing area is the embarkation point for many of the “Cruise Ship” visitors to our town. The area offers excellent views of the famous Milford Haven Waterway and it is adjacent to a large free car parking area.
Exit from the Landing Platform and turn left, keeping the Haven Waterway on your left. Continue until you reach the dock entrance
Point 2 Point 2 - The Dock Entrance
Sea level at the dock entrance can vary by over 7m, as the tide rises and falls. In order to prevent vessels in the marina from drying out, the dock entrance uses lock gates to trap the water. During the period just before high tide, the gates can be open but at all other times, they operate similar to a canal lock. If you visit when boats are using the lock, you may notice water pouring through a sluice near the gate. The water level between the gates rises until it is safe to enter the marina. The small building on the right is called “Pier Head” and this is the control room for the lock gates.
Walk alongside the dock entrance until your way is blocked by a fence. Turn right at the fence and work your way to the edge of the marina. (You are behind the marina shops. Work your way around the end of the brick building to arrive at the marina and the front of these shops.)
Point 3 Point 3 - The Marina Shops
Look across the marina past the yachts and you will see a line of character shops and small cafes. As we will visit these later, there is time to study the rectangular building in the center of this picture. This is the Torch Theatre, a recognised National Theatre that supports a wide variety of performances. The theatre was made possible by a kind donation from the Amoco oil refinery. The emblem of Amoco is a torch and the name Torch Theatre acknowledges their contribution.
Turn right at the marina edge and walk along the line of shops until you see a hand winched crane.
Point 4 Point 4 - Hand Crane
The town of Milford Haven was built to service the docks following an Act of Parliament in 1790. The town and dock histories are so intertwined that many dockside features are designated as “Listed Buildings” to ensure they are preserved for future generations. Milford Docks/Marina is of such historical significance that many of its structures hold “Listed Building” status. The white bollard in the foreground is also designated as a listed building.
Continue walking with the Marina on your left until the start of the next line of shops.
Point 5 Point 5 - Harbourmaster
The pub is on the first floor and normally accessed via a set of steps on the right of the building. (A disabled lift is available via a call button.) The triangular balcony offers excellent views of the marina/Haven Waterway. The Harbourmaster also serves good food.
Turn left, in-front of the Harbourmaster and enter a sheltered shopping area.
Point 6 Point 6 - Marina Side Shopping Area
The marina side shopping area combines small bespoke outlets with continental style cafes. You will not see any chain stores in this line of character outlets.
Continue until you arrive at Martha’s Vinyard. (Shown in the next picture.)
Point 7 Point 7 - Martha’s Vineyard
This pub/restaurant is unusual as the dock offices are on the ground floor and you have to go upstairs to the pub/restaurant. On arrival at the first floor balcony, the marina views reveal the reason for the strange layout. Martha’s Vineyard has an excellent reputation for quality meals.
Continue walking alongside the marina until you arrive at the deceptively plain building shown in the next photo.
Point 8 Point 8 - The Ice Plant
Long before the current oil industry, Milford Haven was a fishing port. Early photographs show the entire docks and marina area filled to capacity with trawlers. In order to keep the fish fresh, the boats needed ice. Conveyor belts took the ice to the fishing boats from this building.
Turn directly inland when you reach the ice factory and you will see the red stone museum featured in the next photo.