Facing west as it does, the gaping mouth of Freshwater West with its snout at West Angle Bay and its chin at Linney Head, takes the full might of the Atlantic swell when a south-westerly gale batters the coast. Little wonder then that this beach is a highly-favoured surfing venue.
Freshwest, as it called locally, is one of Wales’s top surfing beaches and the base of the Outer Reef Surf School who offer surfing lessons for adults and youngsters, instructor courses and lifeguarding awards.
The wild and rugged shore at Freshwater West has recently become a popular film location. In May 2009 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was filmed on the dunes and the external set of Shell Cottage attracted as much attention on the beach as the visiting film stars. A month later another film located there, and the beach was the noisy and animated scene of battle for the Ridley Scott film “Robin Hood,” starring Cate Blanchette and Russell Crowe. Locals not only enjoyed a feast of battle action but also had the opportunity of some interesting work as extras.