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Page Type: Route

Location: Pembroke, Wales, Europe

Lat/Lon: 51.95707°N / 5.14375°W

Object Title: Corkscrew

Route Type: Trad Climbing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: HS 4a (5.6-5.7 YDS)

Number of Pitches: 2

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Page By: Nanuls

Created/Edited: Nov 4, 2009 / Apr 15, 2011

Object ID: 570319

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Firstly let's make one thing clear - Craig Llong is a great place to climb; it's beautiful, it's serene and it's atmospheric and as such, it's home some wonderfully engaging and unusual routes. Unfortunately, for the low to mid grade climber all of these wonders hang frustratingly out of reach, mocking them from the Extremely Severe echelon of the grading spectrum. So what for those mere mortals, of which I am most certainly one, who can't quite manage to climb to E5 and higher? Well in short, not a whole lot.

I describe this route largely as a warning for those wishing to climb here, because Craig Llong's low to mid grade routes are, if nothing else, highly variable in nature. Corkscrew (Hard Severe 4a) is a typical example of what's on offer. A straight forward and deceptively secure start is followed by a rapid decline into friable and loose rock, unwanted vegetation and poor protection; not the sort of thing one looks for in a climb.

FA: N. Allen and D. Carnell, May 28th 1990.

Getting There

Craig Llong
The Second Wall
(Photo by Nanuls)
Craig Llong
End of a good day
(Photo by Nanuls)
Craig Llong
On the second pitch
(Photo by Nanuls)
Craig Llong
View from the top
(Photo by Nanuls)


When approaching from Carmarthen (SN 405 196) take the A40 Truck Road signposted for Saint Clears (SN 274 160). At the Saint Clears roundabout, take the A40 Trunk Road towards Haverfordwest (SM 961 159). At Haverfordwest, continue on the A40 north. Just after Scleddau (SM942346) turn left and take the A4219, and then left again once you reach the T-junction for with the A487 (SM 933 358). Continue towards St. David's and turn off right at Square and Compass (SM 844 310) for Trefin (SM 839 325). Park at Trefin and take a footpath north to join the coastal path (SM 834 329). Walk east along the coastal path to Trwyn Llong and Craig Llong.

Descend the grassy ramp to a position below the Second Wall. Above you should be the break that gives Classic Walks (Severe), and if front of you a gradual ramp that is horizontal to its base. The ramp is the start of this route; start at its seaward most edge.

Route Description

Pitch 1 (24m): Ascend the gentle rake with ease and move left to belay from a grassy recess. Place long runners to avoid serious rope drag.

Pitch 2 (4a, 30m): Move back right and climb awkwardly up the corner to the top of the rake. Move up right to reach the large flake that crosses the cliff face. Traverse up and left, taking care not to shower your second with lethal 'microwave' size blocks and follow the weakness to the top of the cliff. Stop, take stock, and breathe a sigh of relief.

Essential Gear

A suit of armour... and a variety of gear from small to large wires to a variety of cams. Large gear is very useful on the first pitch, and some extra slings will be handy for extending them. While not essential, double ropes would be helpful for avoiding rope drag.

A first aid kit might be a very good idea.

Pwll Llong (Photo by Nanuls)


Open Space Web-Map builder Code
Navigation Maps

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL 35 North Pembrokeshire/Gogledd Sir Benfro

OS 1:50k Landranger Series 157 St David’s & Haverfordwest/Tyddewi a Hwlffordd

OS Road Map 6 Wales/Cymru & West Midlands


Pembrokeshire Coast: The Official National Park Guide Pembrokeshire Coast: The Official National Park Guide by Alf Alderson, John Cleare and Ian Mercer.

A handy book full of useful information and interesting facts about the National Park.
Climbers Guides to Wales: Pembroke Climbers Club Guides to Wales: Pembroke by John Harwood, Dave Viggers et al.

An extremely comprehensive two volume guidebook to the area which describes most of the routes at Craig Llong.
Climbers Club Pembroke Supplement Climbers Club Pembroke Supplement by Dave Viggers

A little book containing updates to the Climbers Club Guide and costs around a fiver.

External Links

Craig Llong
Trwyn Llong (Photo by Nanuls)

Craig Llong
Craig Llong (Photo by Nanuls)

Government Bodies and Other Organisations

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Council for National Parks
Association of National Park Authorities
Pembrokeshire County Council
Carmarthenshire County Council
Ceredigion County Council
Countryside Council for Wales
Forestry Commission Wales
Environment Agency
Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments in Wales
Dyfed Archaeological Trust
The National Trust
Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Outdoor Organisations and Companies

British Mountaineering Council
Pembrokeshire Climbing Club
Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group
South Wales Mountaineering Club
The Climbers Club


Weather from the Met Office
BBC Weather
Weather Channel UK

Tide Tables

BBC Tide Tables
UK Hydrographic Office

Tourist Information

Visit Wales
Visit Pembrokeshire
South West Wales Tourism Partnership
Local Information from Pembrokeshire Pages
Local Information from Pembrokeshire Online

Travel Information

Welsh Public Transport Information
Uk Train Timetable


Youth Hostel Association in Wales
Independent Hostel Guide
Campsites in Pembrokeshire

Maps and Guidebooks

Ordnance Survey
Cicerone Guidebooks
Climbers Club Guidebooks
Rockfax Guidebooks
Mid Wales Climbing
Cordee Travel and Adventure Sports Bookshop

Wildlife and Conservation

Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
South West Wales Wildlife Trust
Sea Trust
Pembrokeshire Bird Group

Welsh Language

Welsh Language Board
Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg Welsh language pressure group
Cymuned Welsh language pressure group
Yr Urdd (Welsh Youth Association)
Welsh-English / English-Welsh online translator
Welsh-English / English-Welsh Online Dictionary
Welsh-English / English-Welsh Online Lexicon


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