About the Waterway
Flowing from its picturesque and serene head of navigable water through Britain’s only coastal National Park, the 26 or so miles of the Milford Haven Waterway offers a perfect destination for all marine leisure activity.
At the approaches to the waterway the Island Nature Reserves of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm provide a breathtaking welcome. The waters around the islands support an abundance of wildlife from Seals, Dolphins and Porpoise to diving Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, Shearwaters and of course the Puffin.
The Ports of Pembroke and Milford give a fascinating experience of a major commercial operation that brings in 30% of the UK’s fuel in gas and oil. The shipping and infrastructure of piers, pipes and storage containers are set amongst the rolling hills and bays that once saw Vikings also use the Waterway – Milford coming from the Old Norse “Melrfjordr” meaning ‘sandybank’ and ‘inlet’.
The Milford Haven Waterway – also known as “The Daugleddau” (Welsh for “the two swords”) – continues up past the fishing port of Milford, the historic town of Pembroke with its famous castle, and into the upper reaches, where other small villages and inlets indent the wooded banks of the Waterway.
Along the length of the waterway, plentiful access is provided by marinas, boatyards and slipways, perfect for launching craft such as day boats, kayaks and dinghies. Safe mooring and anchorage sites for yachts and motorboats are also abundant in the Haven.
Charter boats out to the Islands or training schools for water-sports and cruisers also provide an opportunity to enjoy the waterway amid stunning scenery, rich in flora, fauna and fascinating maritime heritage. The county’s spectacular coastline and coastal seas contain wildlife populations that are not only nationally, but also internationally important. In fact National Geographic voted Pembrokeshire the joint second best coastal destination in the world!