Milford Haven to Dale

9 miles

A comparatively easy walk without any serious gradients.

This stage takes you past the industrial heart of Pembrokeshire as the Coast Path skirts the LNG refinery before heading back out to the countryside.

As you approach Sandy Haven make sure you’ve checked the tide tables as at high tide the causeway across the Pill is covered and it means a lengthy 4-mile detour inland.

The Coast Path here passes the beautiful Lindsway bay and the tiny Monks Haven before revealing the mud flats of The Gann just outside Dale. The Gann is a great place for birdwatching your remember your binoculars.

Route

  • Start from the marina. Cross over the bridge and turn left along St Anne’s Road

  • Keep in as straight a path as possible through Hakin

  • Just past the school, turn left and drop down to Gelliswick Bay

  • The path heads up the other side, past some houses and around the natural gas refinery before reaching Sandy Haven

  • The causeway across Sandy Haven Pill is only reliably dry 2½ hours either side of low tide. Get your timing wrong and you’ll face a 4 mile detour! Check the tide times.

  • There are some great views along the next section and the stunning Lindsway beach, especially if it’s low tide

  • Clamber down to the beach if you have time before continuing to the rocky little beach at Monk Haven, passing some interesting buildings en-route

  • At Musselwick, get down onto the beach at the earliest opportunity and continue along the foreshore to The Gann, a great place for birdwatching

  • The Gann can only be crossed 3½ hours each side of low tide but the detour is only 2 miles this time!

  • Head along the pebble ridge and follow the road into Dale

  • If in doubt, follow the acorn symbols that indicate where the route goes

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Useful info

Refreshments: Plenty of choices at Milford Haven, plus a pub and cafe at Dale.

Attractions en-route: Milford Haven museum & marina plus a watersports centre in Dale

Nearest Tourist Information Centre: Haverfordwest

Tel: 01437 775244

E-mail: haverfordwestlendinglibrary@pembrokeshire.gov.uk