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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 6
Point 41 Point 41 - Thomas a Becket Chapel
The history books for Milford Haven all agree that this part of town was established after an Act of Parliament in 1790. However, the existence of this chapel contradicts this version of events. The chapel was originally constructed during the period 1170-1180. It is unlikely that the chapel would be built unless there were people for it to serve, hence there may be a 600year discrepancy in the town’s official founding date.
Turning back towards the start of our walk, we can take a shortcut without retracing our steps. Cut across the lawns and head directly towards the sea. Stop when you reach the first tarmac path running parallel to the sea.
Point 42 Point 42 - Coast Path view of Haven
Find a gap in the hedge on the seaward side of this path and look across the waterway. You will see the Chevron Oil Refinery and jetty on the other side of the water.
We now turn right, with the water on our left and follow the tarmac path. (Tip - stay on this path, there is a lower track but it follows an old railway cutting. There are no convenient exits from the cutting, hence, the upper path is shorter.)
Point 43 Point 43 - Diving Boards
The white structure behind the trees is just the diving platform from the outdoor swimming pool. As you look up at the platform, you start to get an impression of the size of the original lido. The green lawns of the Rath are very special but not natural. Milford Haven was one of the first towns in Wales to receive full mains sewerage and mains electricity. Laying all the pipes creates a lot of waste soil and this was “dumped” to form the public lawns.
We will continue along the path, returning towards the marina.
Point 44 Point 44 - Distant Jetties
At various points on the path, there are small gaps in the hedgerow and we can look out beyond the docks to two long jetties just visible in the distance. The first jetty belongs to the Murco Oil Refinery, (formerly owned by Amoco, the Torch Theatre supporters.) The most distant jetty is part of South Hook LNG, a facility importing liquefied gas from Qatar using some of the world’s largest ships.
Continue walking on this path until it ends at a steep hill. As you approach the hill you will see our next stop, “mini-golf.”
Point 45 Point 45 - Mini-Golf Putting Course
This mini-golf putting course is fairly unusual. It is free to play but you will need to bring a putter and ball. The “holes” are arranged in a loop with each tee located next to the previous hole. At the end of the path is a hill. If you look up the hill you will see theBelgian Monument visited earlier and the Royal British Legion building is straight ahead.
We are returning to the start of the walk and need to go down the hill, towards the sea and away from the monument.
Point 46 Point 46 - Slip Hill
Note - part of this hill is unsuitable for those with walking difficulties or wheelchairs. Descending this hill offers a shortcut back to the marina. There is a free public slipway for boat-owners at the bottom of the hill but the approach is so steep and narrow that few boats attempt to use it and even fewer launch without damage to the vessel or towing car! The pavement eventually becomes a continuous line of steps. Fortunately, this is very short and we are going downhill. (If you have a boat, there is an excellent alternative - the wide, free slip in Gelliswick Bay.)
At the bottom of the hill, next to the beach there is a footpath heading to our right. Take this path with the sea on your left and the apartments on your right.
Point 47 Point 47 - Smokehouse Quay
This luxury apartment complex was names after the “smoke houses” located on the docks. Smoking fish is a method of curing the fish for preservation purposes. The path returns us to the Marina and we are near the start of our trail.
Turn left at the end of the path and follow the coastline, keeping the sea on your left. You will soon see the Mackerel Stages and complete this circular trail.
Point 48 Point 48 - The Mackerel Stages
The first and last stop for this Town Trail.
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