Porthclais is the harbour for St. David's and has been the main route into the city for pilgrims, saints and traders for centuries. It is one of the more popular climbing venues with good quality sandstone routes, mostly in the lower grades.
There is ample parking and public toilets in the old gas works site 100m inland just beyond the boat park.
The rock bridge between 'Dreamboat Annie' and 'The Arete' has been removed by the National Trust. This area has now stabilised although there is some loose rock just right of 'Inset'. Access to Grey slab is via a higher path behind the area where the rock was removed.
Last update: 07/04/2016
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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!
Statement from BMC website: There is a very loose area of overhanging rock between the Grey Slab and Red Wall. The National Trust are currently (Sept. 2013) working on this to remove a hazard and this will affect access to several routes for a short time (see details on site).
See info below from NT.
"On 7th and 12 August steps were taken to remove a dangerous section of unstable rock near Grey and Red wall, to the east of the harbour entrance. There is still further work needed to completely remove the boulder 'bridge'. Temporary signage on site diverts walkers around the affected area and also details climbing routes that are affected." Matt88 - 24/Feb/15
17-11-13 The loose rock bridge has now either been taken down or has fallen down as there is nothing but a sheer drop !! bennevis - 18/Nov/13
Block isn't going to come from the wall anytime soon - just be aware of it. Matt88 - 13/May/13
Just a heads up - theres a wobbly block in the all lines engaged/ sea rider area just above the diagonal crack, looks like a great hold till you grab it! doesn't look like it can be pulled off at the moment as i gave it a good shake - will have a closer look in two weeks and see Matt88 - 24/Feb/13
Dreamboat Annie IS E1 5a The Pylon King - 09/Sep/06
The 'fake boulder' has been placed, with the support of the National Trust, National Park, the BMC, Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group and local climbers, amongst others. It replaces a mass of crap, rusty stakes with the aim of cleaning up the site and providing a long term belay solution. Steve Quinton - 15/Jul/04
When i was there early this summer the belay stakes had been removed and replaced by a 'fake' boulder! While great for 'The Crack' and other routes on the left of the purple slab, belays for those on the right are now difficult to arrange. Jono Graham - 09/Oct/03
Nice location, can get busy but, worth a visit. Phil - 11/Sep/02