Poll Carn is home to some easy trad routes and a number of low to mid-grade bouldering problems. Although Poll Carn is more imposing than its neighbour, Maiden Castle, and at a distance appears to be more solid, the climbing is not as good. The eastern side consists of broken slabs, and it is the south-western corner where the better problems (and potential for routes) exist. That said, some of these are superb, and most are steeply overhanging. Sitting starts are de rigeur. Around the south side, there are some slabs for less burly people.
The Roch rhyolite outcrops of Poll Carn and Maiden Castle are conspicuous features on the hillside just west of the A40 between Treffgarne and Wolfscastle about 6 miles north of Haverfordwest. When approaching from Haverfordwest take a sharp left up a steep, narrow road from Nant-y-Coy Mill, which is situated just after a bend 1 mile north of Treffgarne. Cars may be parked on the right at the end of the public section of the narrow road, a few hundred metres up the hill from the A40. Follow a footpath opposite the parking place (south) for 30m then take a smaller path leading up the hillside to the right. Poll Carn is reached after around 5 minutes.Access notes
There is a large raven's nest on the right side of the North-West face. Please avoid disturbance in this area from March 1st to July 1st (this does not affect the existing routes which are further left).
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