Hubberston Circular Walk (Milford Haven)
This pleasant and interesting circular walk which starts and finishes in the Harbour car park Milford Haven, mixes magnificent views of Milford Haven waterway with sites of historical and architectural interest, including Milford Marina and Docks plus St Davids Church, Hubberston.
Walking: The car park beneath Victoria Bridge, adjacent to Tescos Store is a short walk from Milford Haven town centre.
Bus: 300, 302, 315 and 356. On all services, alight at Milford Tescos.
Pembrokeshire Bus Routes: Bus Routes - Pembrokeshire
Train: Nearest station is at Milford Haven. Transport for Wales
Road Map: Multimap - Search for "Milford Haven"
Parking: There is a large, free car park beneath Victoria Bridge, adjacent to Tescos Store.
Refreshments / Toilets: Refreshments are available at the start and finish of the walk on Milford Haven harbourside and approximately halfway along the walk at Pembrokeshire Yacht Club although opening times may be limited. Customer toilets are available at restaurants etc.
Start / Finish: Car Park beneath Victoria Bridge, Milford Haven
Distance: 3.4 miles (5.5 km) 2 hours
Terrain: A broad mix of tarmacked minor road walking plus grass, gravel, and beach paths. Some sections can be muddy following inclement weather. Other sections are steep and can be quite demanding. Only the walk from the start to Hakin Point and back is flat tarmac and therefore suitable for wheelchairs, prams and cycles but this can only be accessed when the dock gates are open.
Car Park: 1
- Begin this pleasant walk, which combines urban and rural outlooks, in the car park beneath Victoria Bridge, adjacent to Tescos Store, Milford Haven. Right at the start there are magnificent views of the old fishing harbour and the modern marina.
- Climb the steps on the Hakin side of Victoria Bridge (an adjacent ramp is also available if required) and use the pedestrian crossing to cross the busy road. Turn left after crossing and then right into St Anne's Road.
- Walk up this road with the docks below on your left and take the first left into Lower Hill Street.
- Walk down Lower Hill Street and when you reach the public house turn left through the dock gates and immediately right along an old dock road that takes you to Hakin Point from where you have stunning views up and down Milford Haven waterway.
- If the dock gates are locked, retrace your steps up Lower Hill Street and take the first left into Vivian Drive, then left into Nubian Crescent and left once more into Chapel Street.
- At the bottom of Chapel Street you can turn left to admire the view at Hakin Point and then turn right up Chapel Street (past The Point) onto a narrow and enclosed path on the left. This path soon opens out and becomes a lovely cliff top walk with more beautiful views of Milford Haven waterway and its' associated industrial developments - this is a great place to view shipping movements in the Haven.
- Eventually the path forks. Take the left fork and descend into a wooded section at the end of which the path continues to both the left and right. The right turn is an easier walk but the left turn is far more interesting.
- Turn left and you descend a short series of steps which takes you onto a very narrow walkway above the beach. More steps take you down onto the beach.
- Walk a short way along the shingle to an old arch in the cliff wall on your right. Go through this arch and walk up a narrow path into Conduit Lane at the end of which you must turn left onto Picton Road. The housing in this area is mixed and has fine examples of domestic architecture ranging from the Victorian through to inter-war developments.
- Continue up Picton Road, past Westaway Drive, Gorsewood Drive and Fort Rise on your left. Continue straight ahead where the road swings to the right and follow the path alongside the school playing field which is to your right.
- Where the surfaced path turns right, continue straight ahead on a narrow path that descends rapidly and ends in a short but steep series of steps that takes you onto the approach road to Gelliswick Bay where once again there are interesting Haven Waterway views.
- Also of great interest is Hubberston Fort part hidden on the cliff to your left as you descend the hill. This magnificent fort is part of a series of defences built along Milford Haven during the Napoleonic Era when a French invasion was feared.
- Walk along Gelliswick Bay, past the Pembrokeshire Yacht Club, and turn right following a narrow path inland keeping the fields to your right.
- The path now leads you through a kissing gate into a wooded valley - it runs alongside a pretty brook surrounded by ancient deciduous woodland. All too soon you cross a footbridge and begin walking up hill on a zig-zag path that emerges alongside the fenced Hubberston Childrens' Recreation Ground.
- Follow the fence, go through a kissing gate, along a path behind some houses with a fence to your left, then turn right onto Dale Road, the main road back into Milford Haven.
- As you walk along this road into Hubberston, take the 2nd right into Church Road to view St David's Church (although it is only open on appointment to visitors at the moment). Then follow the path down to the left (as you're facing the church entrance) which takes to St Davids Close. Turn left and immediately right floowing the main road again. Bear left alongside the main road at the junction into Hakin and continue to the very bottom of the hill.
- Cross the road before you get to Victoria Bridge, descend the steps and you are back in the car park where you began the walk.
- If you are not too tired there are many interesting buildings to view in and around the harbour and marina, including a museum that tells the interesting tale of Milford Haven's fascinating history.