Neyland Marina Yacht Haven
Snug between wooded banks at the lower end of the narrow Westfield Pill near the high level Cleddau Bridge, Neyland Yacht Haven enjoys a prime position in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The passing motorist or coach traveller catches a glimpse of its tranquiil waters, packed with yachts and cruisers, as they cross the 90-feet high Barnlake Bridge over the pill before reaching the larger bridge across the Haven Waterway between Burton and Pembroke Dock.
Marina Manager James Cotton enjoys highlighting its many advantages, such as excellent round-the-clock CCTV security and 24-hour access to the 420 berths, free Wi-Fi, 50% visitor berthing discount at 50 other Trans-Europe member marinas, free parking and showers and a warm welcome for local and visiting yachtsmen.
Neyland was the terminus for Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s South Wales Railway in 1856, later to become the Great Western Railway, and the line snaked through the valley into Neyland station, a stone’s throw from where the Marina buildings are today. After Dr Beeching’s axe amputated the last few miles of the railway to Neyland in the sixties it lay derelict for a few years until enlightened planners saw its value and potential and buit the marina there.
Indeed, the complex is known as Brunel Quay and there is a fine bronze statue of the famous Victorian engineer at the approach to the Marina. The 10-feet high statute is in fact a replica of the original placed there a decade or so ago, which was stolen by unscruplous scrap-metal thieves. The Brunel cafe and bar restaurant is a busy and popular rendezvous for yachtsmen and visitors with the bonus of fine views across the marina.
There is a large visitor berthing pontoon and nearby haul-out facilities, boatyards. boat repairs and chandlers. The lower basin is accessible at all states of the tide, and there are inner walkway berths for boats under six metres.
Near the entrance is what remains of the original ferry terminal, in the construction of which historic lengths of railway line - both bridge rails and Barlow rails of Brunel’s day - were used as fencing posts and rails.
The Marina is also the terminus for one of the most successful Sustrans cycle routes in Pembrokeshire, covering nine miles of undulating track through wooded countryside via Johnston and Rosemarket, most of it following the old railway line.
The Marina, therefore, is popular not only with yachtsmen and cruiser owers, but also with cyclists, runners, walkers and those who simply like to gaze at boats of all sizes and enjoy the countryside at the same time.