Climbs 58
Rocktype Limestone

Faces SE

Blowing the cobwebs away © Dave Foster

Crag features

Cooks up some fantastic experiences. Highly recommended for its single- and multi-pitch routes up to 200ft, such as Crithmum (VS 5a), Rock Idol (E1 5a/b), the fabulous Deep Space (E2 5b - beware puking fulmars), Star Gate (E3 5c), Hyperspace (E4 5c), Warp Factor (E5 6b), and Fireball XL5 (E6 6b). And there are plenty more worth doing at the same grades.

Approach notes

Bird ban on ONE route on the Space Face - Star Gate (E3 5c) March 1 - July 31.
Tidal in many parts. Abseil approach. Take prussiks, just in case.
From Lydstep car park walk E along the coastal path for five or so minutes.

Restricted Access

Abseil from the top of Brazen Butress or above Strait Gate but be careful not to dislodge loose rocks. This crag is not in the MoD range. Some bird nests in the Chimney area ( behind Brazen Buttress) but climbing is unrestricted at present as long as climbers minimise disturbance - i.e. don't hang around any longer than necessary where birds are flying in and out of the area.

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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.
More Guidebooks:
Pembroke Rock (2016)
Pembroke Vol 5 - Stackpole and Lydstep (2012)
Pembroke MiniGuide (2006)

Out of print:
The flake on "CRITHMUM" has gone leaving a dirty and loose groove in its place. Its not too bad if you are careful and i guess will clean up in time but i would give it HVS 5a and 1 star at most.
The Pylon King - 13/Aug/07
An inspiring small crag, though not sure you could spend more than a day or two there at any grade. April 2006 - The stakes at the top seem to have somehow disappeared; we couldn't find any! However, there is still enough large, sturdy rock at the top to give confident abseiling.
Pythonist - 18/Apr/06
amazing steep crag with dramatic but well protected routes - worth spending a couple of days at.
beanfingers - 27/Feb/06
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Strait Gate 
2Walking in the Blue
E1 5b 1
3OzE2 5c 1
4AirshipE3 5c 4
5ZeppelinE3 5c ***235
6HindenburgE7 6c ***2
7Rock IdolE1 5a ***759
8Rock Idol Direct Finish
E2 5b ***7
9Joyous GardHVS 5a **167
10The Strait GateE1 5b ***467
11The Strait Gate - Left hand FinishHVS 5a *7
12Talk's CheapE4 6b *3
13The Welsh Connection
E1 5b **29
14WraithE2 5c **119
E2 5b **13
16NecropolisE1 5a 4
17CrithmumVS 5a *125
18The MeridianVS 4c **258
19SunsmokeE2 5b **169
20WarlockE2 5b 4
21The CracksS **295
22Karma WatersE1 5b *18
23Threadneedle StreetS ***248
 Brazen Buttress 
25Narrow CarriageE1 5c *4
26Eight GaugeHVS 5a 32
27TempestE1 5c **101
28WhirlwindE1 5c *12
29Brazen Buttress Super DirectE3 5c *7
30Brazen ButtressE2 5b ***470
31Brazen Buttress Direct Finish
E3 5c **20
32HeroesE2 5b *37
33HerodE2 5b **240
 Star Gate 
35Inner SpaceHVS 4c ***183
36GalaxyE3 5c **14
37The Great CleftE1 5a *1
 The Space Face 
39Deep SpaceE2 5b ***239
40Space OdysseyE2 5b ***2
41Star GateE3 5c ***210
42Warp FactorE5 6b **12
43Warp GateE5 6b  
44HyperspaceE4 6a ***11
45Fireball XL5E6 6b ***7
46Just KlingonE5 6a ***61
47Mother NightE4 6a ***42
48ZoonyE5 6b **2
49UnconsciousE6 6c ** 
50Tiger TigerE5 6b ***3
51The Laughing HygenaE6 6c *** 

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