Freshwater West Beach

Freshwater West Beach is a long strip of sandy beach which is backed by the extensive dune system of Broomhill Burrows. It is an area with a fascinating history as it was once used by smugglers as a place to stash their booty.

Located on Wales’ exposed west coast the beach at Freshwater West picks up all the Atlantic swells making it something of a local hotspot for surfing. Swimmers however should exercise caution if venturing into the waters here as the rip currents are strong and the waves can be fierce.

If Freshwater West Beach looks familiar to you, then it may be because it has featured in several films such as ‘Robin Hood’ (the Ridley Scott version) and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. In the Harry Potter film the beach was where ‘Dobby’, the house elf dies and was buried. Until recently there was actually a gravestone which was something of a pilgrimage for fans.
Freshwater West was also used as a location for ‘Their Finest’ where it was meant to portray Dunkirk.

Note that due to its popularity with surfers it can get crowded here when the waves are good and parking can be limited. From spring to early autumn the ‘Cafe Mor’ operates out of the southern car park if you fancy some refreshments.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Toilets

Nearest town



SA71 5AH

OS grid ref.

SR 8827 9998


Free parking

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Freshwater West Beach Reviews

Plastic and Fishing Net

Jo Davies
Jun 11th 2022

Visited this beach Thursday 9th June 2022, Great beach however the amount of rubbish being washed
up onto the beach was very distressing my husband and I picked up 2 bags full, including fishing net, plastic bottle tops, rope, paint brush a couple of dead birds wrapped in netting it was horrendous.

What did we get wrong?