Climbs 66
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude Tidal
Faces S

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Neil Mawson making the second trad ascent of San Simeon E8 6c in 2011 © Emma Alsford

Crag features

Hollow Caves Bay is one of those mad places that you'll just have to delve into at some point, mainly because it looks so damn exciting from the top! The classics are manifest, and include such forays as Galactic Glory (HVS), Super Galactic Hammy (E2), Gravy Train (E3), Jabberwock (E5) and San Simian (E8). The routes are generally steep and sustained, the gear is mostly good, and the geology is an absolute delight, although a little familarisation and care is required on your first visit, especially with regard to tides and the various traverses down at sea level. The Box Zawn (western) end of the bay provides a wealth of sustained three-star climbing in the higher grades, with the eastern end, accessed by abseil through the amazing Great Central Hole, giving stunning routes on a series of outstanding pillars.

Approach notes

Tidal on most routes - accessible at low-mid tide only. 

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This new app version of the Pembroke Rockfax has been significantly updated with 350 extra routes, new geo-located maps and updates to the existing information. The print guide from 2009 had 650 routes and this new app package has nearly 1000! The update includes many easier routes plus extra lines at the main crags covered in the book. It also has extensive deep water soloing coverage with the majority of the crags from Mike Robertson's 2007 Deep Water book added to the mix.
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This book from 2009 covers all the classic routes on the most popular crags of Pembroke. It covers the beautiful slab climbing around St. David's and all the best crags of Range East and the Lydstep areas, as far as Mother Carey's Kitchen. The range and variety of routes is enough to keep any climber happy; from those leading moderate grades keen to have a look for the first time, all the way to those who have developed lifelong obsessions for the place!
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Deep Water

Mike Robertson's award winning Deep Water guide, covering DWS on the English South Coast, Pembroke, Scotland and throughout the world.
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Large Sloping Ledge
2 Shorna
3 Bean
S 2
4 Scrote
VS 4c 1
5 Wild One
HVS 5a 1
6 Alive and Kicking
VS 4c  
7 Layback in Anger
E2 5c  
8 Beaten Man
E2 5c  
9 Barrage
E2 5c  
  Box Zawn
11 Jabberwock E5 6a *** 25
12 Airdrawn Dagger E8 6c ***  
13 Gorpal Blade
E5 6a  
14 Knock Yourself Out! E6 6a *** 5
15 Grezelda, Grezelda E6 6a *** 5
16 The Obsession Box E6 6b *** 2
17 Rubik's Cube E5 6b ** 7
Climb name Grade
  Approached from Great Central Hole
19 Monster in a Box E7 6c **  
20 Triad E2 5b  
21 Trefoil E2 5c *  
22 Love My Teddy Bear E4 6a *  
23 The Black Box E2 5c * 2
24 Trihedral E1 5b * 2
  Gravy Train
26 Ringolevio (aka Ringolino) E3 5c * 2
27 Mutiny E3 5c *  
28 Great Dane E4 6a **  
29 Backbeat
E3 5c  
30 S.L.R E2 5c *  
31 Storm Bird E1 5b * 3
32 A Mild Scramble E4 6a  
33 Gravy Train E3 5c *** 24
34 The Bold and the Old
E3 6a  
35 Super Galactic Hammy E2 5b ** 14
Climb name Grade
36 Galactic Glory E1 5b *** 38
37 Faded Glory E3 6a ** 12
38 Tranquillizer E5 6a ** 1
39 The Fine Art of Surfacing E6 6a **  
40 San Simian E8 6c *** 2
41 Calcutta
HVS 5a  
42 The Dungeon
E1 5a, 4c  
43 Dragon Heart
E2 5b  
44 Kubla Khan
HVS 4b, 5a 11
45 Underworld E7 6b  
46 Hydrotherapy 8a+ **  
47 Den Acid Taktstock Schwingen * 7a+ ** 2
48 Bratz who Trav * 7a+ *** 1
  Small Wall
50 The Face that Launched
51 Todger Talk
S 4a  
52 Blue Chip
VS 4c  
53 Abacus
E3 5c  
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