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Box Bay & Raming Hole

Box Bay

Box Bay (sometimes known as Sandy Pit beach) is a picturesque sandy cove surrounded by high limestone cliffs, situated just east of Broad Haven South beach. Access to the shore is not easy and you should not attempt to visit this beach unless you are confident of your ability to reach it safely and to get off again.

The best way onto the beach is a 30 foot climb down the rocks on the west side of the bay. You need to be reasonably good at climbing down rocks and a rope would definitely be advisable, but specialist climbing skills or equipment are not necessary. The route is indicated in photos below and needs to be done around low tide. A rusty belay stake has been fixed into the rocks just before the steepest section. If you find a metal survey post, you're too far to the south.

Behind the beach is a doline known as Sandy Pit, which connects to the beach via a small cave. Depending on what the winter storms have done, this is sometimes passable but often completely blocked. Once on the beach, there is fine golden sand and plenty of caves to explore, but make sure the tide doesn't cut off your exit route. Parking is at Broad Haven South.

This is a good beach for wild swimming; about 400 yards to the west on Saddle Point is Confucius Hole - a collapsed blowhole connected to the sea by a short cave. To the east is Raming Hole - a narrow cleft in the cliffs with a sandy low-tide beach. On low spring tides, this connects with the spectacular Mowingword Bay.

From the east, showing the easiest way down
From the east, showing the easiest way down
The way down
The way down
Raming Hole
Raming Hole
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