A Sunny Day out Exploring Freshwater West and Freshwater East in Pembrokeshire

By Kathryn Slade

When the sun is shining there are few places on earth that beat Pembrokeshire for its natural beauty and beaches. This weekend I made the most of it and went out exploring with my family. We are so lucky living in Pembrokeshire as we have so much on our doorstep that is just waiting to explore. It was something that I really missed when I moved away for University and now that I am back at home I like to make the most of it whatever the weather!

This weekend we chose to explore the beaches of Freshwater East and Freshwater West. These beautiful beaches are just both under 20 miles away from Bluestone National Park Resort and are perfect for a day out with a difference. We packed a picnic for our adventure although there are places that you can eat out at along the way.

Fresh West

It was the first time in ages that I had ventured down to Freshwater East as we are quite spoilt for choice with beaches in Pembrokeshire! The Green Coast Award winning beach is easy to access and there is plenty of parking available as well as a nice easy slipway onto the beach and toilets too! The tide was making its way out when we arrived so there was plenty of sand for ball games and fun. It is always important to check the tide times which are available online to avoid getting caught out. We found the perfect place for our picnic here on a washed up tree trunk which was actually quite comfortable. It was lovely to feel the warmth of the sun again after the chilly winter months!

From here we travelled on to Freshwater West, a south westerly facing beach which is a surfer’s paradise, it is best for the experienced surfers though and those who are strong swimmers as there are strong rip currents. If you don’t fall into those categories then you can set up camp on the sand or build yourself a pebble palace and watch the surfers carve the waves.

Shell Cottage

The cottage was removed after filming was complete but I still find it exciting to walk in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione as I was lucky enough to visit the beach when the filming was taking place. There are two free car parks at Fresh West but these get really busy if the surf is up! Because it’s west facing it is the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset too, so bring a blanket and get your cameras ready for the ultimate Instagram photo before heading back to your cosy lodge at Bluestone.

Categories:Blog, Beaches, Pembrokeshire, Spring

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