Stairway to the Heaven of Lindsway Bay

The crossing at Sandy Haven ©Nigel Summerley

The fact that the tide was well out made my crossing of Sandy Haven a lot easier and drier than it might have been.

Walking from the village of Herbrandston, just west of Milford Haven, I took the mostly quiet lane towards the Haven, where I joined the Coast Path and dropped down to the wide, still damp sands.

On the OS map, the river crossing here is referred to as Stepping Stones, but in fact there’s a solid footway to take you over the water.

On the west bank the gorgeous wood was packed with primroses, bluebells and celandines and filled with the magic of spring.

The path through the woods on the west bank ©Nigel Summerley

Beyond the trees the path winds up along the clifftops past Little Castle Head, Chester Point and Great Castle Head.

Butts Bay and Longoar Bay may look appealing but the real prize to aim for is Lindsway Bay, which for a long time you will see in the distance but which eventually will be there way, way below your feet.

The supersteep stairway downward demands careful footwork, as do the huge rocks at the back of the beach. But finally you will stand on a marvellous expanse of sand, sheltered on three sides by tall cliffs. Sunbathing, at least for a short while, is obligatory.

And anyway you’ll need a rest before climbing back up those steps…

The beach at Lindsway Bay ©Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at

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