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Rock Climbing in Pembroke

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This is an awesome country that we live in and often take for granted.

Before breakfast you could get up, grab a surf board and head into the sea for some of the best surfing in the country, after breakfast you could head inland and paddle some of the highest graded rivers in the country, in the afternoon you could climb on some of the best sun bleached rock in Europe. You could top off all this with a fantastic home cooked meal washed down with a few pints of real ale!

Where is this place I hear you ask - Pembroke - West wales.

Pembroke I absolutely love. As a climber I enjoy climbing anywhere that there is rock. However I particularly like to head to Pembroke because it is easily accessible, you meet great people of all abilities and you can pretty much have a day as I described above.

Some people think that Pembroke is only suitable for experienced climbers however really it is suitable for anyone. There are fantastic tidal sea cliffs which offer something for everyone but be very aware of the tides (tables available online). There are also excellent non-tidal crags which offer great and safe places for beginners to develop and advance there skills.

Two crags that I love at Pembroke are (full information is available in Pembrokeshire Climbing guides which can be bought online or in any good climbing shop. Alternatively in St David's in Pembrokeshire there is a small outdoor shop that serves a great coffee and will sell you a book.) ;

Porth Clais - This is very near St Davids in Pembrokeshire. It offers low grade to medium grade routes on excellent quality rock. See pictures. The access is easy and just involves walking into the crag from the car park along the coastal path.

Craig Caerfai - A brilliant crag that will take a lot of commitment. This can be accessed at high and low tides but the time available at low tide is limited. I abseiled into the route I wanted, built a hanging belay and climbed out! A brilliant crag with scope for medium grade climbers.

If you want to learn to climb there are some great climbing instructors out there who would be more than willing to show you the best ways of doing things and will coach you very well.

Written by  Mark Lewis.

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