Climbs 19
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude Tidal
Faces S

Crag features

The Initiation Slabs are typical North Pembroke - surrounded by other craglets and by grass, usually quiet and sublimely idyllic. It's true to say that folk would visit the crag to take a picnic - it's just one of those spots. The routes aren't too bad either! The slabs are solid, offering good climbing and situated in a secluded bay, with one of the prettiest walk-ins known to man.

Approach notes

The best parking spot for the Initiation Slabs is the St Non's Chapel car park. You'll find this by taking the Porth-Clais road down/out of St David's, then look for a sign marked St Non's Chapel 1/4 mile (this road is more like 3/4 mile, but whatever). Follow this road down to a free car park by the St Non's Retreat. Walk down the path (past the ruins) to gain the coastal path at the very rustic St Non's Well. Turn left/east, and follow the path around firstly St Non's Bay, then the gloriously architectural Lunar Bay. The Initiation Slabs are found in the smaller, slotted bay beyond this - about 700m from your car. It is recommended to go to the far side and look back at the crag (from the grassy knoll) for a general scope of the routes. That done, return to the coast path and detour along the ridge/top of the crag itself, where you should see at least three abseil stakes in place.

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The famous Pembroke Rockfax has returned with this glorious full-colour version packed with classic routes and all the wonderful features that you have come to expect from Rockfax. It is now twice the size of the old 1995 book and has some of the biggest and clearest photo-topos that have ever been published in a UK guidebook.
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More Guidebooks:
Pembroke Rock (2016)
Pembroke Vol 1 - North Pembroke (2013)
It looks like the bottom part of the Cormorant Front buttress has fallen down based on the photograph of the crag in the Rockfax guide. I've uploaded a couple of photographs of the buttress. Can someone who knows the crag well confirm this?
Chris Murray - 27/Jul/14
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Spock HVS 4c 2
2 Cormorant Front VD 76
3 The Gerbil HVS 5a * 65
4 Aquarian VD * 129
5 Capricorn HS 4b * 288
6 Gemini VD ** 293
7 A Load of Pollux
VD 1
8 Versary Slab S 4a 156
9 Jammed Rope Route VD 4
10 Tatty Crack
VD 21
11 Aries VS 4c ** 353
12 Vanishing Crack S 4a 112
13 Forbeeornotforbee S 4a 6
14 Rosary HS 4b ** 51
15 Kaygeeforesee HS 4b 17
16 Foot And Mouth VS 4c * 38
17 Base of crag traverse 5a 1
  unknown routes
19 Transwarp Conduit * D 2
20 Hidden Crack HVS 5b * 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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