Freshwater East

Freshwater East

Freshwater East village is situated next to a sheltered bay to the south of Lamphey in the south-west of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Freshwater East is connected to the coastal bus service number 387/388. The Coastal Cruiser connects the surrounding villages to Pembroke and Pembroke Dock both of which has a railway station.

Freshwater East has a history dating back to the Iron Age, with the remains of a fort at East Cliff.

During the 18th century, Freshwater East was a stopping off point for coastal shipping requiring water and it also achieved notoriety for smuggling with contraband being stored in the cliffs.

In Victorian times Freshwater East was part of a busy social scene and very popular for outings and picnics.

The Pembrokeshire horse races were held on the beach in 1860!


The Coast Path in either direction is a delight. Walk east to remote Swanlake Bay and on to Manorbier. The red sandstone cliffs here are quite striking. Walk west to Stackpole Quay with its wonderful café and then carry on to Barafundle Bay


Freshwater East has a broad, wide, sandy beach that is dune-backed in the middle and has some sheltered rocky sections on the east side. The dunes behind the beach are a local nature reserve ‘The Burrows’.

Food & drink

There is a pub, The Freshwater Inn, and beachside cafe, Time Flies, in the village.


There are plenty of small campsites and caravan sites nearby. There are some quality B&Bs and hotels in the village and surrounding areas. Self-catering cottages can be found all across the area.