Altitude 18m a.s.l
Blowing the cobwebs away © Dave Foster
Mother Carey's Kitchen is one of Pembroke's best crags offering superb climbing in a great location, with routes from Severe to E7, and with few restrictions due to nesting birds or army shooting practice - in fact, mid-week in the first half of the year can leave it as the only major crag which is available to climb on!
It is often popularly known as 'Mother Scarys' which is easy to appreciate as you heave up Rock Idol, or dangle from the Space Face, however, not everything here is steep and exposed, and the routes near Crithmum provide some of the best Severe and VS climbing along the whole coast.
Abseil from the top of Brazen Butress or above The Cracks 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. 2019 update - There may be more birds than usual in the cave behind 'Brazen Buttress' please check visually before climbing and be prepared to alter your route choice if it is likely that you would disturb nesting birds. This particularly affects 'Threadneedle Street', Eight Guage and adjacent routes.
Dates: 1 March to 1 August
Reason: Nesting Birds
There may be a seasonal restriction to protect chough nesting auks in the area of Inner Space - Star Gate - check signs at site. At present, although these birds nest within the chimney of Inner Space/Deep Space, no restrictions are in place as the birds seem to cope with occasional visits from climbers. However, if you can minimise noise and disturbance as much as possible, that will be appreciated. 2019 update - There may be more birds than usual in the cave behind 'Brazen Buttress' please check visually before climbing and be prepared to alter your route choice if it is likely that you would disturb nesting birds. This particularly affects 'Threadneedle Street', Eight Guage and adjacent routes.
|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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