Freshwater East is a wide, sweeping crescent of sand and shingle backed by dunes and grassy headlands. Popular with boat owners, divers, fishermen and surfers alike, the village has a pub at the top of the cliffs and is scattered with holiday homes - all set behind the dunes.
Freshwater East village is situated alongside a sheltered bay, south west of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and to the south of Lamphey, its neighbouring village.
Freshwater East has a history dating back as far as the Iron Age. Remains of a fort at the East Cliff can still be seen. During the 18th century, Freshwater East was a stop point for ship crews requiring extra food and water. It was also a locally renowned sight for smuggling, with illegal imports being stored in the cliffs.
Pembrokeshire Horse races were held on the beach in 1860, afterwards this the area remained a popular spot for picnics and socialising.
Freshwater East is a wide bay of golden sand and blue water backed by dunes and grassy headlands, there is a freshwater stream running through the beach to the sea at the Southern end. Popular with boat owners, divers, fishermen and surfers alike, it has a shop, pub, caravan park and toilets - all set behind the dunes.
Swanlake Bay is shingle beach, accessible only from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path situated between Manorbier and Freshwater East. At low tide the golden sand and rock pools are revealed making Swanlake Bay beach worth the trip - it has been one of Pembrokeshire best kept secrets as even during the Summer months you can still find most of the beach to yourself.
The Freshwater Inn is situated in the beautiful surroundings of south Pembrokeshire at Freshwater East. They pride themselves on offering a guest ales which differ throughout the year, as well as good freshly cooked meals on their standard menu and ever-changing specials board. It is essential to book at weekends and during the summer.