A coastal view from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

National Trail Officer's Survey: 2 Fishguard Fort to Goodwick

22nd May 2014

Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail Officer’s Survey 2014
Day Two
The bus journey to the start of the walk (and return) was a trifle more complicated than it was on day one.  My intent was to survey the section between Fishguard Fort and Harbour Village, Goodwick - a route of about five kilometres or three miles. 
I aim to survey the urban sections early on in the season, mainly to check that the waymarks are still in place!  
My family dropped me at the closest bus stop to home (a cheat I know!). There is a regular (half hourly) bus service (302) between Milford Haven and Haverfordwest which took me to Haverfordwest Bus Station. 
After a few minutes wait I caught the Cardigan bus (412) from Haverfordwest. This was a very comfortable coach that took me to Lower Town Fishguard in about 40 minutes. I walked up the hill up the road to check the Path and the signage at Fishguard Fort, and then returned back to Lower Town.
Photo Fishguard Fort
I continued past the old cottages and harbour and had a short climb to follow the Path around the Marine Walk, across to Goodwick Harbour and up to Harbour Village. There were more walkers about thanks to the glorious sunshine. All the signs were in place although I added one.  
Photo Lower Town
The attraction of this walk for me is the historic feel of Fishguard Fort and Lower Town; the accessibility and views from the Marine Walk and the busy commerce of the ferry port. 
Lower Town has a charm that has attracted a number of film makers (Moby Dick, Under Milk Wood). Marine Walk has accessible paths that link it into the historic market town of Fishguard itself. Brunel designed the development of Goodwick Harbour as a transatlantic terminal (Goodwick is where the railway station is). 
Once in Fishguard and Goodwick, you have some good hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops and the option of buses and trains to various locations.
Photo: Marine Walk,  ferry terminal
I could have caught the town service bus (410 and 10 minutes) from Harbour Village but I misread the timetable and walked back down the ‘many stairs’ path. I was told that the zigzag path used by the Coast Path was built for the workers living in Harbour Village to get to work on the construction of the harbour. 
I came upon another bus stop where other passengers helpfully informed me that the bus was coming; it swiftly took me to Fishguard Square with its cannon with just enough time before catching the bus back to Haverfordwest. 
The 412 bus starts from Haverfordwest Train Station and goes through to Cardigan in about an hour and a half, offering access to the Coast Path
This was a fairly gentle two-hour graded walk in the main, mostly on paved footpaths.
 

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