Freshwater West Beach
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This wonderful Pembrokeshire beach has been a popular film location in recent years, having featured in several Hollywood films, most notably the 2010 Robin Hood film starring Russell Crowe and also in Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, where Dobby's Shell Cottage was built on site at Freshwater West. Have a look next time to see amazing shots of the beach and marvel at the beauty of Pembrokeshire's National Park. Freshwater West offers an unforgettable place to stroll, be windswept and have fun. However, do not be tempted to swim by the enticing water as there are powerful rip currents here, so it is not a safe place to swim.
The beach is surrounded by extensive sand dunes which back on to the Castlemartin firing range, consequently the odd corner of the beach is out of bounds. Do not be put off however, there is plenty to see and the dunes are a haven for wildlife and plants. Some of the sand dunes are wetlands protected by the National Trust.
Freshwater West has an interesting past, being a smugglers haven and also famous for the wooden huts which once lined the shore and were used for drying seaweed which was then used to make laverbread, a traditional Welsh delicacy. One of the huts still remains today, standing proud to the historical traditions of Freshwater West.
For surfing holidays in Pembrokeshire, Freshwater West is definitely the place to be. This fantastically wild beach is famed for its incredible and continuous surf which can reach up to 6ft and covers the whole bay. Surfing tournaments are regularly held here and Freshwater West beach is considered one of the jewels in Pembrokeshire’s crown, the National Trust having called it Pembrokeshire’s wildest beach.
If you are considering a surfing holiday in Pembrokeshire, stay up to date with the daily surf report HERE and head straight out on the boards. If you are new to surfing then the Outer Reef Surf School offer courses from Freshwater West. The courses are affordable, popular and are given by very experienced surfers and instructors.
Freshwater West is a dog friendly beach all year round, so an ideal place to bring your dog, and with the Pembrokeshire coastal path running alongside, it's an ideal location if you are looking for pet friendly holiday accommodation in Pembrokeshire.
Facilities at Freshwater West include:
Two car parks, plus roadside parking nearby
Mobile snack van selling wonderful authentic beach food Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company