Freshwater Bay

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Isle of Wight Coastal Path SSSI Dog friendly Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: summer

The beach here is set in a cove between chalky cliffs.  It’s a popular visitor destination, with a large car park and an esplanade.  Flint and pebbles adorn the beach, clattering in the waves as they make land.  At low tide, rock pools reveal their secrets, wonderful for young children.  The adjacent Site of Special Scientific Interest (Freshwater Marshes) derives from the dammed up end of the River Yar, which flows northwards to Yarmouth.  There are caves, which were once used by smugglers.  You can explore them by kayak, but take care not to be cut off by the tide.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Pat.


The beauty of Freshwater Bay in the summer.