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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 2
Point 9 Point 9 - Milford Haven Maritime Museum
The centre section of the museum building was originally constructed as a Customs Bonded Store in 1797. When the port grew, the wings (also part of the museum) were added in 1806. Unfortunately, we cannot dwell on the wealth of maritime heritage contained within its three floors but we will continue on our walk.
Continue along the road in front of the museum, keeping the Marina/docks on your left. Walk past the road entrance and stop when you arrive under a road bridge.
Point 10 Point 10 - Victoria Bridge
This bridge marks the boundary between the neighbouring towns of Milford Haven and Hakin. The docks were built in a natural creek, which was wide enough for vessels serving a local Priory to navigate. Prior to the construction of a toll bridge in 1859, the only way across was via stepping stones at low tide. This was replaced by an iron toll bridge in 1887. The first concrete bridge was built in 1933 but the locals did not trust the “new technology,” until it was proved safe using a convoy of eight steam rollers. The current bridge opened in 1988.
Examine the stone plaque on the bridge's supporting wall.
Point 11 Point 11 - Plaque under Victoria Bridge
This plaque commemorates an unscheduled visit by King George IV in 1821. He was caught out by a storm and entered the Haven for safety. After the storm abated, he set sail again but a second storm ensured he returned a few weeks later.
We will soon return to this bridge, but a quick detour allows the inclusion of extra viewing points. Turn left and continue with the dock/marina on your left until you see the gallery buildings shown in the next picture.
Point 12 Point 12 - The Working Docks
You have now left the leisure marina section and entered the commercial shipping zone. This area is the base for a unique local event called “Fish Week Opening Day” (There are pictures of this in the Event Photos section of this website.) The buildings to your right include an art gallery and outpost for Radio Pembrokeshire. Slightly left is “Phoenix Bowl (10 pin bowling complex) and the MITEC building (part of Pembrokeshire College) is straight ahead.
We can now return to the bridge but will stop where the people are standing in the right of this picture.
Point 13 Point 13 - Memorial Notices
Take a few moments to reflect on Milford Haven’s lost fishermen and those who have contributed to the growth of this town. This tribute was installed in 2013.
Return to the bridge, walk underneath it and look to our left.
Point 14 Point 14 - The Library
The timber clad building is our town library, housing an extensive book collection. The library is “multi-purpose,” with a Wi-Fi zone, public computers, video lending and local research facilities. Tourist Information services are also available via the library receptionists.
We will remain on this side of the bridge and look past the petrol station for our next location.
Point 15 Point 15 - Out of Town Shopping
We are now looking at Havens Head, the out of town retail area that includes Tescos, Boots, 99p Store, £-Stretcher, and Home Bargains. Parking for customers is free. Milford Haven train station can be seen from the shopping centre car park.
Turn right, with the bridge on your right and exit the shopping area using the road. Stop at traffic island.
Point 16 Point 16 - Mines
At the traffic roundabout, between the exits for the shops and train station, there are two explosive sea mines. (They have been defused and are perfectly safe!) This is a tribute to one of the less well known aspects of local history. Later in our tour, we will see the remains of Royal Naval Armament Depot - Milford Haven, a major based used in the refurbishment and handling of this military ordnance.
From the mines, we ignore the lane to the railway station and take the next roundabout entrance on the main road. Glancing up to the top of the bank, we see the distinctive Torch Theatre, which confirms we have taken the correct exit. We are now heading up the hill and away from the bridge.