Pembroke: Range West dates 2020

Posted by Elfyn Jones on 02/03/2020
Doug Ross climbing Bird on a Wire (VS 4b)

Spring is fast approaching and for many the sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire are calling. To access some of the best adventurous sea-cliff climbing in Wales many climbers head to Range West on the Castlemartin Army Range.

UPDATE: 17/03/2020 DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS ALL RANGE WEST BREIFINGS FOR 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.  Access is allowed during non fring days until the late May bank holiday for those who were briefed in 2019. 

The limestone sea-cliffs of south Pembrokeshire provide brilliant adventurous climbing and much of this lies on the military firing range of the Castlemartin Army Training grounds. Half of the firing range is known as Range East and access for climbing and coast path walking to this part is allowed with few restrictions on most weekends, most evenings and on non-firing days. However, the western part of the range, conveniently known as Range West is still used for live firing and live ordnance can still be seen. In addition, old ordnance going back to second world war days still exists in many places and so it is extraordinarily dangerous. For this reason, every individual going into Range West must attend a formal safety briefing every year.

Unfortunately, under 18’s are not allowed into Range West, even if accompanied by an adult. Also, dogs (or other pets for that matter!) are equally not allowed.

The cliffs are also home to a vast array of nesting sea-birds as well as legally protected Choughs and Peregrine Falcons. Please check the BMC RAD site for all these details and you can also download the Pembrokeshire National Park climbing leaflet with all the current 2020 agreed restrictions.

Range West briefing dates 2020

All the briefings are held at the Castlemartin Army Camp. Post code is SA72 6DY.  Please turn up a few minutes early to allow time to get through the security gate. Park at the car park outside the main gates, conveniently conspicuous due to the two enormous Chieftain Tanks marking the entrance!

Thursday 5 March 18.00

Saturday 7 March 10.00

Thursday April 9 18.00

Saturday April 10 10.00 (Good Friday)

Thursday May 21 18.00

Saturday May 23 10.00 (Bank Holiday Weekend)

Saturday August 1 10.00

In addition, the whole range is on a non-firing and maintenance shut down period during Easter (April 4th to April 19th) and for the whole of August, giving unlimited access to the cliffs for briefed climbers during these times.  


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