The Milford Haven Waterway offers superb opportunities for canoeing and kayaking surrounded by extremely beautiful scenery. The upper reaches of the Daugleddau estuary are particularly stunning; with steep, wooded banks alternating with gently sloping farmland. The numerous pills and creeks, and the foreshore of the main channel, are nationally important for the thousands of wintering waders and wildfowl which feed on the mudflats at low tide, and roost on the banks and fringing marsh at high tide. In the summer, breeding shelduck and mallard are common, and the broods of small ducklings are especially vulnerable to disturbance.
Tributary rivers and bays in the Waterway below the Cleddau Bridge are equally important for wildfowl and waders, and just as vulnerable. They are all Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the inclusion of the estuarine system as part of the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) denotes its international importance.
Do not underestimate this beautiful expanse of water; there are areas of strong tidal flow, and tricky currents in the estuary can easily trap the inexperienced or unwary. That said, it offers superb sheltered touring water for kayaks as well as open Canadian canoes and, working with the tides, leaves time and energy spare to enjoy this very special part of Pembrokeshire.