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Sheltering from a Storm at Neyland Yacht Haven

Since arriving in Wales the weather had been rather dire! We enjoyed a couple of good days whilst in Milford Haven Marina and the odd one here and there whilst anchored up the River Cleddau and in the Milford Haven Waterway but now yet another blow was due in. Problem with this one was the fact it was a ‘double storm’ – a back to back deluge of rain and wind set to batter the country 😞 And because the wind was shifting from the South East, through the the South and round to the West nowhere at anchor would offer complete shelter for the whole period, and to be honest we weren’t overly enjoying the anchoring spots in the waterway we had frequented! We decided we needed someone secure and safe to hold up for a few days and only a marina would offer that to us.

No room at the inn?

With a couple of days to prepare we called up the two marina’s in the area – Milford Haven and Neyland Yacht Club. To our surprise both said that they could not offer us a space and we would need to hope that a visitor vacated or a berth holder stayed away! We were advised to telephone every day to check or consider heading up river to a mooring buoy at Burton (Rudders Boatyard) or a mooring buoy at Lawrenny

But fortunately a space did become available at Neyland and we made the 8.4nm journey from our anchorage in Dale to the marina which is situated on the northern side of the Milford Haven Waterway. Arriving just after low tide was rather interesting as the area to manoeuvre around was rather restrictive and we saw just 0.8m below us at one point. We were berthed in the lower basin which is accessible at all states of tide, the upper basin has a cill which is marked with a depth gauge and is accessible approximately 3 hours either side of high water depending on draft.

Approach to Neyland Yacht Haven at Low Water

Neyland Yacht Haven is nestled in a little valley surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park. Onsite you will find modern facilities, laundry area, a bar/restaurant, a cafe and bike hire. Just a short stroll takes you into Neyland where you will find a Co-op, a Morrisons Local, a handful of takeaways, a couple of pubs and some local little shops. Diesel and Petrol can be obtained from the nearby fuel dock operated by Dale Sailing. Here you will also find a well stocked chandlery and a range of other marine services.

The pontoons itself are a little dated but the marina blends in nicely with the stunning surroundings. Those up in the upper basin may hear some noise from the overhead road bridge but our location in the lower basin was very peaceful. Like everyone else we had encountered so far during our time in Wales, the staff were super friendly and happy to help in anyway. However we’ll admit that the cost of a replacement 907 gas bottle at an eye watering £55 did shock us a little!

Brunel Country!

Neyland has a long history with the railways after it became the western terminus of Isambard Kingdom Brunel‘s Great Western Railway, with many claiming that Brunel was the founder of the town of Neyland. For around 50 years the railway and town flourished until it was eventually overshadowed by operations at Fishguard. Goods facilities were withdrawn in 1963 and and the station eventually closed to passengers in 1964.

Today Brunel Quay features statues and informative signage dedicated to this history. The old Great Western Railway line to Johnston and then Haverfordwest is now a popular traffic free path/cycle way known as ‘The Brunel Trail‘ and offers a quiet, secluded meander through lush woodlands and nature reserve areas.

Neyland Yacht Haven, Lower Basin

Back to the storm we felt nothing in this well protected marina. The cost per night was £3.50 per metre (July 2023) and although this meant eating into our cruising budget a little we deemed it the right thing to do for the safety of our boat…..and for our sanity! 🤣


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