Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
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.
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.
|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