This 1.1 mile loop is a flat, easy route, which is perfect for walking, running, cycling, prams and pushchairs, and wheelchair and mobility scooter users, as well as being dog friendly. It really does tick all of the boxes!
With plenty of parking along Mackerel Quay and underneath Victoria Bridge, you can decide where you’d like to start and take it at your own pace. Water views are guaranteed, as you will pass the boats in Milford Marina and Milford Fish Docks, as well as a great selection of cafes and restaurants at which you can stop off for a refreshment break along the way.
Before you set off, it’s best to check the lock times. The lock gates are there to ensure safe operation of the docks and marina, protecting the water levels inside, and there is a Pier Head operator keeping a watchful eye over the lock 24 hours a day.
Pedestrians are able to walk, run or cycle across the gates most of the time. There is a traffic light system in place, so if the little man is green you’ll be able to open the safety gate and walk across. If the little man is red, you may have to wait a little while if there are boats locking in or out, but this should be no longer than 15 minutes. There are two periods during the day when the lock gates are all open for around 2 hours and pedestrians are unable to cross over; this is called ‘freeflow’ and means all lock gates are open for approximately 2 hours before each high tide*.
If you’re planning on walking all the way around Milford Waterfront, the easiest way to check freeflow times is to view the ‘lock times’ page on the Milford Marina website.
*These times are subject to change on the day, especially during bad weather.
- Getting close to the action at Milford Marina
- Dog walking
- Wheelchairs and push chairs as it’s a flat route
- Completing the loop as many times as you like
- Stopping off for refreshments
Something to consider
- May become dizzy if you complete the loop too many times!
* The areas marked in blue are owned and managed by Milford Waterfront. These areas can accommodate in excess of 300 cars between them. Some may be closed off from time to time for events, but other than that they are free for anyone to use.
** The areas in red are owned and managed by the management companies of the seven residential blocks around Milford Waterfront. The spaces behind and between these blocks are reserved for residents only. A private parking enforcement company will be issuing fines to vehicles not showing residents’ parking permits in the spaces marked in red, so please don’t risk a fine – park in the blue areas on your visit.
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