Routes up to 11m - ideal for a family outing on the beach. Most people though seem to head for Three Cliffs Bay, just W around the corner, where topropes and beginners flourish (though the routes aren't much longer).
Quickest Access is from Southgate, park near the golf club and take a footpath just to the south of the clubhouse. At the beach turn right for Pobbles west and left for Pobbles east.
Tidal. Comes in very fast have been caught out several times and had to walk off crag in differnt way! very dangerous! - beware. Accessible three hours either side of low tide. Pobbles east = 1 hr either side
>From Three Cliffs Bay, walk over the headland and down to the beach.
|3||Center of Slab||E1 6a *||1|
|8||Right Edge 1||M||52|
|10||Brant Direct Minor||VS 4c||28|
|11||Barry Slapper||E2 6a||8|
|12||East Fissure Wall||VD||24|
|15||Right Edge II||D||33|
|16||Two Tier Slab||D||43|
|29||Limpet Route||HVS 5b *||29|
|30||Barnacle Bulge||VS 4c *||26|
|32||Smalt||VS 4c **||41|
|33||Blue Glass||VS 4c **||24|
|34||Corner Groove||D *||31|
|35||Twin Crack Slab||M||21|
|37||Blue Lights Crack||VS 5a||6|
|39||Fourth Butress||VS 4c||5|
|44||Corners Edge (Scoop Corner)||VD||3|
|50||Third Buttress||D *||4|
|51||The Poseidon Enigma||E3 6b||1|
|53||Pimp it Route||VS 4c||1|
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|I have added Third Buttress, Second Buttress, Cracked Arete and First Buttress (in order from the west). They are all on East Wall of Pobbles East and listed in the Gower & SE Wales guidebook (routes 14-17). I think Fictitious Monkeys and Diagonal are probably actually at the east end of Pobbles West (a large cave is mentioned in the description of FM) and I reconnoitered this cave today.
Hope this is all useful. This venue is enjoyable for soloing and probably doesn't get much use.
Martin Lilley - 25/Jul/10
|To find Pobbles East: After entering the beach from the Southgate path turn left. After a series of low slabby sections a narrow gully opens out with pools in the 'cave' at the back. This is NOT Pobbles East. Follow the beach further round past the sub-headland, walk to the end wall and go left. This gully has the cave of The Poseidon Enigma (E3 6b) in the back left with a large hole in the roof. Routes from The Groove to Blue Lights Crack are to the the left as you look into the gully, and routes from Fourth Buttress onwards to the right. Good potential for quiet soloing.|
Martin Lilley - 25/Jul/10
|Went there with the kids, approach from Southgate made it hard to work out what is what from the book! There is a large obvious cave that doesnt appear to be mentioned! However, there are some good child friendly routes in the coves to the left of the cave, and something like an S 4b up the left flank by the cave. If it hasn't got a name it is now 'Ficticious Monkeys' Avoid anything to the right of the acve as it is incredibley difficult to set up a belay at the top, and the rock is very loose. Despite the walk from the road, this beach is popular with the bucket & Spade brigade.|
glass90land - 31/May/08