The main town at the western end of the Island sprawls beside the valley of the River Yar. Amazingly, of the three rivers on the Isle of Wight, two are called River Yar, one flowing into the sea at Yarmouth naturally enough, the other empties into Bembridge Harbour. The old part of Freshwater lies at the top of the Yar adjacent to the church and comprises a few houses and a pub. The newer part is a mile away and consists of housing and a couple of streets of shops servicing the West Wight.
On the outskirts of Freshwater towards Freshwater Bay lies the famous thatched church of St Agnes. Freshwater Bay has a shingle beach with high chalk cliffs either side. Here you can find pubs and cafes for refreshment.