Freshwater West

Photo: Eiry & Meurig Pembrokeshire Photographers

Freshwater West can be a great spot for surfing, sea angling, windsurfing and kite surfing.

Dog friendly?
Dogs are allowed year round. There is a responsibility for dog owners to clean up after their dogs on the whole of this site.

Getting there
You can get to Freshwater West by bike using the B4319 and the B4320. This beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. Access to the beach is via a path through the dunes to get to the beach at the North end and easy access via a gentle ramp opposite the Southern most car park. By car the B4319 and B4320 from Pembroke run direct to Freshwater West. There are two free car parks, one at the North end and one at the South end of the beach which can become busy at peak times. Please avoid parking on the roadside, especially the delicate dune areas which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Site description
Freshwater West is one of Pembrokeshire’s wilder beaches. It’s an impressive sweep of golden sand with a pebble bank, backed by dunes. At high tide most of the sand is submerged, while at low tide you may see the stumps of a 6,000-year-old drowned forest. It’s popular with surfers and has been the venue for the Welsh, British and European Amateur Surfing Championships.

There are plenty of rock pools at the southern end to keep children occupied. Freshwater West was once famous for its edible seaweed, which was made into a traditional delicacy known as laver bread. One of the old seaweed storage huts has been rebuilt by the National Park Authority and volunteers. The dunes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so please keep to marked paths and avoid trampling or ‘sand surfing’. Most of the dunes and car parks are owned by the National Trust.

There are toilets including facilities for the disabled. A telephone and an ice cream van providing refreshments. The beach is cleaned regularly and bins are provided. Please help keep Freshwater West beautiful and take your rubbish home.

Pembrokeshire County Council Bathing Water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach. PCNPA Byelaws apply to the whole of the foreshore on this beach. National Trust Byelaws apply to the eastern beach and dunes.

Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park



Dog Friendly: Yes
Blue Flag: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes


Large sandy beach backed with sand dunes, facing South West. Several parking areas and roadside parking. Access easiest from car park by public toilets. Lifeguards in summer. Concrete ramp: 1:10 to 1:9 for 54 metres, but changes in sand conditions may result in step at bottom. Southern end of beach shingle, with rocks and quicksand. Bathing very dangerous. Army range to South is closed to public.


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