Freshwater West Rock Pooling | Family Activities Wales
Freshwater West Rock Pooling
Freshwater West is a must-visit beach in Pembrokeshire. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, perfect for family adventures and a favourite with water sports enthusiasts.
There’s buckets (and buckets) of sand to go around, have fun building sandcastles, try kite flying and enjoy this wild stretch of coast. The beach has a wealth of rockpools; mini explorers love delving into these underwater worlds and spotting marine creatures.
We often host beach cleans here to keep this special place clean and tidy; grab a litter picker and join us.
How many critters can you spot?
Take your adventures down towards the sea shore WITH OUR guide. The rock pools closest to the water are full of live with amazing creatures, like fish, crabs and interesting plant life.
Peer closely into the water. You might find your own reflection looking back at first, so you’ll have to crouch down close and stay still for a little while. Can you see anything darting about near the top? Or is there something moving very slowly right at the bottom? How many different colours can you spot?
Rocks can be a great hiding place for beach-loving creatures. Can you spot anything living above and around your pool? How do the rocks feel on your fingers and toes? Can you find any shells, fossils or cracks? Peek inside crevices and you might discover something looking right back at you.
Take a dip
You’ll want to get your hands wet to truly explore what lies beneath the water. Watch your fingers as they sink into the pool – do they look different as they move? How does the water feel?
Search for some seaweed or other plant life with your hands. Can you describe its texture or smell? What else can you discover with your eyes, ears, fingers or nose? Be gentle as you go and watch out for those cheeky crabs.
A taste of the sea
Seaweed is a speciality here too – our friends at Cafe Môr use laverbread within their menu, you’ll find their street food outlet in the beach car park right next to our surf school. On the foreshore, you’ll also spot a thatched shack that was once used as a seaweed drying hut.
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Pembrokeshire Rock Pooling | Family Activities Wales
Discover what's in a rock pool in Pembrokeshire
PEMBROKESHIRE ROCK POOLING | FAMILY ACTIVITIES WALES
Come & explore Freshwater West amazing rock pools & discover the beach adventures
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Have you got your bucket?
It’s a good idea to take a bucket with you so you can take a closer look at the treasures you find. Put your bucket slowly into the water and see what swims inside or push it gently through the water to scoop up a critter. Is there anything surprising in your bucket? Make a quick sketch, take a photo or write down your findings in a nature diary.
Many rock pool creatures are small and delicate, so it’s best to avoid using a net in case they become tangled and hurt. It’s important to pop your creatures back where they came from after a short time, so they can carry on with their day.
"Pick up rocks and you may see a green shore crab or porcelain crab scuttle out. Look out for edible crabs, which often look like pebbles, and squat lobsters. Beware of the red-eyed blue velvet swimming crab though, as it can nip."
Get to grips with our safety tips
We want you to have a great day rock pooling, so make sure you check with an adult before you set off and wear shoes with a good grip. Old trainers, wellies or wetsuit boots with a thick sole are ideal. Flip-flops are fun to wear, but they might make you stumble or slip on the rocks.
It can get chilly when you’re rock pooling, so take a warm jumper or a coat with you. A small travel first aid kit to deal with cuts and scrapes is also a good idea.
Watch for the waves
It’s really important to check the tide times for your chosen beach – you don’t want to be caught out by the sea coming in. The best time to set out is at low tide: this is when you’ll most likely find lots of rock pools.
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