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Freshwater West, Angle

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Freshwater West is a beach near Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire in West Wales. It lies along the B4319 road and is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Freshwater West, noted for its strong waves and currents, is one of Wales' top surfing locations, and regularly hosts surfing tournaments such as the Welsh National Surfing Championships. Since 2010 the beach has had a lifeguard service during the busier summer months. The Castlemartin MOD firing range is located nearby.GeographyFreshwater West is situated in West Wales. It lies along the B4319 road, near Castlemartin range and is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The rocky outcrop at the southern part of the bay near the car park is known as Little Furznip, which contains a seaweed-drying hut on the clifftop. Little Furznip divides Freshwater from Frainslake Bay to the south, and beyond that, Linney Head.During historical times the beach was used by smugglers. To the northwest along the coast is Gravel Bay, Black Cave, East Pickard Bay, West Pickard Bay, Guttle Hole, Parsonsquarry Bay and Sheep Island. The headland between Sheep Island in the northwest and Linney Head in the southeast consists primarily of red sandstones, which "form irregular, steep cliffs with fallen rocks at the back of beaches". Older Lower Palaeozoic mudstones and siltstones are situated towards the centre, and to both the north and the south are old red sandstones. Behind the bays are extensive dune fields such as Broomhill Burrows and Gupton Burrows and a river valley. The low cliffs on the south facing coast reach an elevation of, rising gently behind to.
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  • On reaching the beach we found it was great for rock pooling at low tide plenty to do the right hand side is predominantly sand with good surf for all levels of surfing skills possibly the best surf b...  more »
  • This is a lovely beach, with something for everyone: sand, rock pools, good surf and great sand dunes for sand surfing. There is also parking, toilets and a very nice cafe/snack van. The only downside...  more »
  • A lovely, easy to access, sandy beach that's dog friendly all year round. We were there in April so it was very quiet, I can't comment on how it is in the summer! It's at the end of the world and not ...  more »