Freshwater West (also known as Fresh West) is a beach near Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire in West Wales. It lies along the B4319 road, near Castlemartin range and is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
At almost a mile long, Freshwater West flanked by extensive sand dunes and rock pools. Despite its natural beauty, Freshwater West is unsuitable for bathing due to strong offshore swells and strong currents. The beach is popular with tourists and locals throughout the year, especially between March and October.
Freshwater West is one of Wales' top surfing destinations due to its consistent swell and strong waves. The beach regularly hosts surfing tournaments with participants arriving from all over the world.
As a filming location, Freshwater West featured extensively in the 2010 film Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and the final two Harry Potter films; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. In the final Harry Potter films beach scenes with Dobby the elf were filmed on the beach and "Shell Cottage" constructed at the foot of the sand dunes. The cottage was removed after filming.
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- Alderson, Alf (2007-07-02). "Beach of the week: Freshwater West". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2011 October 17.
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