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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.
Freshwater 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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  • Beautiful little spot to just sit and relax, tranquil location to have a coffee and watch the waves rolling in. I tend to sit at the top of the beach and just relax, whether its prior to work or at th...  more »
  • A pity that the climate is often inhospitable, otherwise it would be like in the tropics, and even better. Beautiful beach, great, beautiful colors with the sun, wide and relaxing walk. Also around is very nice, meadows, grazing cows, every now and then a dog playing with its owner.
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  • My favourite beach by far I will let the photos speak for the self's
  • Beautiful golden sand and blue water. Excellent food at the sea shack and wonderful views across the bay.
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