Summer has finally arrived and Helen and I are back in Pembroke, this time in the company of Steve and James. It’s mid week and outside the school holidays, so it’s the usual battle to find somewhere that isn’t being bombed or bird-infested, so another trip to Mowing Word is on the cards. There are worse places to spend the day.
For a change we decide to walk over from the campsite, through the Lilly Ponds, and I’m reminded what an enchanting spot it is.
… only adds 5mins or so to the walk, and avoids the drive (and the parking charge if you don’t have National Trust membership).
Heading along the coast path we spot a team in the Ramming Hole making the most of the low tide – looks atmospheric; one to check out another day.
With a breezy westerly it’s an easy decision to start on the sunny east face. Here’s Helen rapping in…
… and James leading Mental Block, the middle of three decent E1s.
We also did Logos (probably more like HVS) and Go Slo (tough)
A chance to admire Stackpole (bird banned) over butties,
then round to the (now sweltering) West face. Steve kindly volunteered to hold my rope on Stand by to Boogie, E3, which is the rightmost of the classic E2s/3s on the wall. It takes a fairly easy line about 5m left of the arete of Blowin’ in the Wind, before a committing move to enter a steep groove followed by a struggle to gain and then climb a crack on the left. This soon relents leaving a romp to the top. Great!
James is now well rested and fancies a crack at Chimes of Freedom, it’s back down
.. to the hanging stance, now just a metre above the high tide level. Lucky it’s now pretty calm!
James makes short work of the route…
… and I make it out with dry feet. Clearly time for a celebratory beer!