Freshwater East, a Beach with Two-Tone Rocks in Wales

June 7, 2016. Started the day off right with kippered herrings and a poached egg in Milford Haven.

From here we headed across to the Pembrokeshire Coast peninsula looking for a beach called ‘Stack Rocks’. But when we got there we found a gate with a sign from the DOD announcing ‘No Entry’.

Further along the road all the best-looking spots appeared to have a £5 per person charge; we decided to skip those – the walks would probably have been stunning but at £5 a person we would have had to walk an entire day to justify the fee. Finally we found Freshwater East, a free beach with no charge, and as you will see worth every penny!

Edged with cheery yellow flowers, this sandy walkway leads to Freshwater East beach on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in Wales.

Edged with cheery yellow flowers, the sandy walkway leads to Freshwater East beach in WalesThe ‘free’ beach Freshwater East with a long stretch of sand, and off in the distance two-tone rock formations. Freshwater East beach and rock formations in WalesThe sandy beach at Freshwater East in Wales is edged with two-tone rock formations.Faded red rock formations on the beach called Freshwater East in WalesThe predominant colour is a faded brick red. Faded red rock formations on the beach called Freshwater East in WalesOther parts are dark blue-grey graduated tones that turn into pale green. soft green rock formations on the beach called Freshwater East in WalesIn all cases the rock appears to be exactly the same type, only differentiated with stains of red or green running through it. Faded red and soft green rock formations on the beach called Freshwater East in WalesSharp angles on the parts of the formation above the high tide level become smooth and round by the when worn away by incoming tides. Faded red and soft green rock formations on the beach called Freshwater East in WalesWorn red rocks rounded by the tides.Faded red rock formations on the beach called Freshwater East in WalesThe pebbles on the non-sandy parts of the beach are predominantly red with grey splotches.Faded red pebbles on the beach called Freshwater East in WalesWhen wet, the red and blue-grey/green pebbles become much brighter.Red and grey pebbles on a slightly greenish rock in Freshwater East in WalesThe top two stones from a different angle on a slightly greenish rock.Red and grey pebbles on a slightly greenish rock in Freshwater East in WalesWatercolour sketch of red, green and blue patterned beach pebbles.
watercolour sketch of red, green and blue patterned beach pebbles from a beach called Freshwater East in WalesPembrokeshire Coast in Wales.Google map of the Pembrokeshire Coast in WalesThat afternoon was spent at Manorbier Castle ruins, and we finished the day in Tenby with its pastel-coloured waterfront.

More on our 2016 trip to Wales and England.

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