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Fishguard-Pembrokeshire - A Beautiful Harbour Town

Fishguard - Pembrokeshire - has its main area on top of a hill overlooking Fishguard Bay.
It is centred on the square, in which stands an old inn called the Royal Oak.
Inside this inn, the table on which the French surrender of 1797 was signed can still be seen.
This was reputedly the last invasion of the British mainland.
The lower part of Fishguard has a totally different character.
Still recognisably an old fishing village, set around wharves and quays, it has made an ideal location for many TV programmes and films.
The River Gwaun, which gives the town its Welsh name of Abergwaun, "Estuary of the Gwaun", flows to the sea through attractive countryside.
This can be sampled at its best by taking the Narbeth road to the village of Llanychaer Bridge, with its old watermill, or by following the lanes leading to the old bridges of Pontfaen and Cilrhedryn.
Barely five miles from Fishguard stands the starkly beautiful remote headland of Strumble Head.
It gives splendid views of the nearby cliffs and of the lighthouse on Ynys Meicel, an island just offshore.
It is a famous location for viewing grey seals and the occasional bottlenose dolphin in the coves below.
On the clearest of days it is even possible to spot the Irish coast and the Wicklow Mountains as this part of Wales has one of the shortest distances to the Republic of Ireland.
If you enjoy walks then Fishguard is the perfect base for exploring the internationally famous Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
There is a well maintained footpath snaking from Fishguard for hundreds of miles along the edge of coast all the way down to Tenby in the south of the county.
There are many resting points and idyllic villages along the way were you can easily stop for a day or two.

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