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Beach, free entry


Located north-west of Castlemartin, this beach is wide, sandy and backed by an extensive system of dunes which are fragile so no camping or barbeques are allowed. There’s a rocky reef at the southern end and some quiet bays at the other. Freshwater West beach is the hunting ground of the surfer always on the lookout for that perfect wave - a surfer’s paradise. This south-westerly facing beach has the best waves in the county BUT it’s only for the experienced and strong swimming surfer as strong rip currents occur off this beach. It’s the best place to go to watch the surfing but when the surf is up, parking is hard to find; crowded on Bank Holidays.

Freshwater West has featured in two recent films - Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and also Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where it was used as the back drop for Dobby's Shell Cottage, which was built on site down to the smallest detail including the seaweed. Although the cottage was taken down after filming, you can still walk in the footsteps of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

Toilets, two small car parks and some parking is available along the very narrow road. Lifeguard service provided 10:00 - 18:00 17 June to 3 September 2017. Dogs are allowed.

Open all the time


Free entry


Tenby Tourist Information Centre

01437 775603


SA71 5HW



Plan route to Freshwater West Beach using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SR 885995  Lat: 51.65499 Long: -5.05809

From Pembroke, take the B4320 Angle road and turn left onto the B4319 for Freshwater West.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Pembroke station