Walking Pembrokeshire

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 (Milford Haven town service), 302 (Haverfordwest-Milford Haven), 315/400 (Puffin Shuttle) and 350 (Monkton-Milford Haven). On all services, alight at Milford Tescos.
Pembrokeshire Bus Routes: Bus Routes - Pembrokeshire
Train: Nearest station is at Milford Haven. Arriva Trains 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: These are available at the start and finish of the walk on Milford Haven harbourside. They are also available approximately halfway through the walk at Gelliswick Bay where there are public toilets and where Pembrokeshire Yacht Club is open to the public.

Start / Finish: Car Park beneath Victoria Bridge, Milford Haven

Distance: 3.4 miles (5.5 km) 1hr 30mins to 2 hours
Terrain: A broad mix of tarmaced 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.
Stiles: 0
Gates: 1
Steps: 76
Bridges: 1
Car Park: 1
Views: 5

 

  • 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 below Hakin Bridge and use the pedestrian crossing to cross the busy road and turn right into St Anne's Road.
  • Walk up this road with the docks below on your left and take the first left into Hill Street.
  • Walk down 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 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 onto a narrow enclosed path. 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 descends and forks. Take the left fork into a wooded section at the end of which is a waymarker pointing 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 both Westaway Drive and Gorsewood Drive on your left, until you reach a junior school.
  • Go down the narrow green lane to the right of the school.
  • It 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 river views.
  • Also of great interest is Hubberston Fort part hidden on the cliff to your left. 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 at a waymarked sign pointing inland towards a narrow wooded valley.
  • A path now leads you into this 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 rocky zig-zag path that emerges alongside the fenced Hubberston Childrens' Recreation Ground.
  • Turn left and follow the fence, go through a gate, along a lane behind some houses, then turn right onto St Lawrence Hill, the main road back into Milford Haven.
  • As you walk along this road into Hubberston, Church Road is on your right and it is well worth taking a short diversion down this road to view St David's Church (although it is only open on certain Wednesdays).
  • Continue on down Saint Lawrence Hill, bearing left at Waterloo Road, Hakin until you reach Hakin Bridge. Cross the road, 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.

 

 

ID: 254, revised 17/10/2017