Enjoy Pembrokeshire


Pembrokeshire offers some excellent and diverse climbing for all from bouldering and short slabs for beginners to steep and extreme expert climbs up to E9. North Pembrokeshire has sea cliff climbing on sandstone, gabbro and volcanic cliffs from 10m to 90m high, and in the South you can enjoy steep cliff climbing on spectacular limestone sea cliffs.There are nesting season climbing restrictions in place on several crags in North and South Pembrokeshire.

The climbs are covered in the "Climbers Club guide to Pembrokeshire" which includes information on access arrangements which are updated each year so you need to check the current situation. Pembrokeshire is famous for its sea cliffs but there are also a few quality bouldering venues which you will nearly always have to yourself. Mynydd Dinas, just South of Dinas Cross is a great hilltop location for some quality gritstone like bouldering although a spotter and a crash pad are highly recommended as many of the problems are quite highball. There is also some good traversing near St. David's at Porth Clais and Nine Wells (low tide), and some bouldering inland at Plumstone Mountain.

The sea cliffs offer a unique vantage point for watching dolphins, seals and seabirds and are an important habitat for some of Britain's rarest plants and animals.

  • Some nesting sites are protected by seasonal climbing restrictions agreed with the British Mountaineering Council. Please observe these, and also avoid disturbing any other plants, animals or archeological remains on this unique and fragile coast.
  • The National Park has a list of agreed climbing restrictions. Please spend a few minutes looking at the links below before you plan your climbs.

Top Tips

Things to consider before climbing in Pembrokeshire:

  • Check the weather, check the tide times
  • Check the location of the climbing restrictions and the dates when climbing is restricted.
  • Check access arrangements if climbing on Castlemartin Range – 01646 662367 (The range is closed to public access when firing is taking place).
  • There can also be access restrictions on Penally Range (01834 845950).

  • Have a look at the excellent Green Guide below which gives details on access and conservation while climbing in Pembs.
  • For important information on environmental and wildlife restrictions visit the BMC Regional Access Database.

Healthy You

The awesome sense of adventure and freedom is hard to beat, as are the views you will see at the top of each climbing conquest. It’s a sport that is sociable, challenging, technical and exhilarating, and will also help you get physically fit.


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