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Climbs 102
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude Tidal
Faces SW

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Ali contemplating the hard bit on Pleasure Dome (E3 5c), Stennis Head, Pembroke © Jamie Moss

Crag features

The glorious and easily-accessed venue of Stennis Head has long been the place for beginners and experienced climbers alike, with its steady scramble-in approach, tempting spread of grades and terrific fused limestone - the only thing wrong with Stennis Head is the fact that it's on the wrong side of the dreaded red flag!

The classics here include Hercules (HVS), Manzoku (E1) and the aspirational mega-route Pleasure Dome (E3) - quite possibly the best E3 in the land. Add to this the long, diagonal slash of Myola (HS), the hanging grooves of Stuntsman's Buttress, the Dream of White Horses-esque traverse of Riders on the Storm (HVS) and the outlying corner gem of Bludgeon (HVS), and you have a recipe that goes down well on just about every visit.

Approach notes

Tidal on a handful of routes below the main cliff.

Restricted Access

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 1 August

Reason: Nesting Birds

There may be a temporary restriction on the route 'Hercules' due to nesting chough - look for on site signs and avoid this route if chough activity around the hole in the brown pillar adjacent to the first half of the route.

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Just looked in my 1986 guide FA list. I noted 'supersedes Topless Woman and Stennis Grey'.
jon - 27/May/14
Loundsy, re your comment on Topless Woman: > this route appears in the 1982 supplement, but is not in subsequent guides. It climbs the area to the right of Hercules, possibly taking similar ground to Flash. (I'm not sure this route exists? surely its not climbed often) Flash does indeed supersede Topless Woman. I was on my own at Stennis Head one day when Nipper H and Martin Crocker appeared. I'd not met Martin before and Nipper introduced him as: 'The Bristol hot-shot'. I said 'I thought that was you, Nipper'. He replied 'So did I!' Anyway, Nipper made short work of Flash, a route that quite a few folk had tried, and Martin and I followed. My hazy memory is that there was possibly another route somewhere there that didn't have a lower section and that Flash may coincide with that too?
jon - 27/May/14
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
2 Leap of Faith
E4 6a  
3 Life Jacket E6 6b **  
4 Sea Empress Strikes Back
E5 6a  
5 Blind Magic E1 5b * 11
6 Bed Rock E2 5c * 3
7 Myola HS 4b *** 522
8 Myopia VS 4c * 114
9 Once in a Lifetime
E1 5a  
  Stuntsman's Buttress
11 Oversight S 4a * 38
12 Birds ehh!
S 4a  
13 Two Men and a Scrote HVS 5a 4
14 Big Sea Running E1 5b * 33
15 Traction Action E3 5c * 10
16 Evil Knievel
E4 6b  
17 The Stuntman's Revenge
E4 6b **  
18 Stuntsman E2 5b ** 32
19 Heady Kidd
E3 5b 1
20 The Dog's a Whore
E4 5c *  
21 The Sadist Dietician's Route for the Criminally Obese
E4 6a * 1
22 Dog in the Piano
E6 6b  
23 A Waking Dream
E4 6a *  
24 Out of My Mind E5 6a *** 9
  Stuntsman's Wall
26 One Man and a Scrote
E4 6a  
27 Dodging the Issue
E2 5b  
28 The Fast Show
E2 5c  
29 Jessie's Diet
E1 5b  
30 Job of Work
S 4a 1
31 Suit You Sir
VS 4c  
32 A Corker
E3 5b  
33 Tidal Threats
VS 4c  
  Southwest Face
35 Bloody Knee
VS 5a  
36 Sinister Sister
E2 5b  
37 Pugwash HVS 5a * 20
Climb name Grade
38 Cut-Throat
E2 5c * 7
39 Mind the Dawes
E1 5b  
40 Riders on the Storm HVS 5a *** 820
41 Lucky Find HVS 5a * 8
42 Middle C HVS 5a ** 21
43 Big C E1 5a * 12
44 Reincarnation
E2 5b 1
45 C++ HVS 5a * 43
46 Painted Head VS 4c * 45
47 The Anvil Chorus
HVS 5a  
  The Main Face
49 The Digit Counter Falls HVS 5b 38
50 North Corner VD 327
51 North Corner Variation Start S 4a 48
52 Highland Fling HS 4b * 1054
53 Quickstep VS 4b * 1099
54 Limbo VS 4c * 1161
55 Dire Straits E2 5c * 159
56 World War III Blues E1 5b 332
57 Headucation E3 5c * 7
58 Plankwalk E5 6b * 13
59 Hercules HVS 5a ** 1063
60 Flash E4 6a ** 52
61 Trevor's Route
E6 6b  
62 The Second Coming of the Messiah
E5 6b  
63 Stennis Elbow E2 5c * 104
64 Manzoku E1 5b *** 1261
65 Man Alive
E2 5b 3
66 Cool for Cats E1 5b *** 1027
67 Sten Gun
E3 6a  
  Pleasure Dome
69 Anyone for Stennis E2 5b * 142
70 Loco Dementia E3 6a * 41
71 The Stennis Inquisition
E2 5c  
72 Stennis Pillar HVS 5a * 106
73 Tigger's Traverse
HVS 4c  
74 Gold Fever E2 5c 3
Climb name Grade
75 Diagnosis E4 6a * 3
76 Mean Streak E5 6a ** 44
77 The Great Elmyra E5 6c *  
78 Pleasure Dome E3 5c *** 385
79 Stennis the Menace / The Great Elmyra E6 6c *** 4
80 Stennis the Menace E6 6b *** 4
81 Tom Stark
E8 6c  
82 Grey English Morning E5 6a *** 21
83 Grey English Wimpout E2 5c ** 4
84 Walk on the Wild Side E3 5c ** 7
85 Superbrat E2 5c * 2
  The South Buttress
87 Stennis Chimney S ** 144
88 Maelstrom Chimney HS 4b ** 74
89 Stennis ArĂȘte HS 4b ** 290
90 Spank
E5 6a  
91 Fetish E5 6a ** 9
92 Merchant of Stennis E3 5c ** 77
93 Man o'War
E3 5c  
94 Bludgeon HVS 5a ** 421
95 Mistaken Identity E1 5b * 36
96 Big Wave E3 6a * 9
97 White Snake E1 5b 11
98 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
HVS 5b 6
99 Kanda Bongo Man HVS 5a * 22
100 JK Mouth of the South
E1 5a  
101 Battle Galleons
HVS 5b 7
102 Goblin Teasmade E1 5b 6
103 Foaming at the Mouth E2 5c * 5
104 Spit it Out
E3 5c 3
105 Talking Dirty
E1 5b 6
106 Mouthing Off VS 4c 14
107 Don't Speak with Your Mouth Full
S 6
108 The Watching Scrote
S 4a 2
109 Old Master's Wall
E1 5a  

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