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Shared By: Nick Russell on Aug 18, 2014
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Description

The Gower peninsula was the first area in the UK to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The relatively fine climate and wide, sandy beaches have ensured its popularity as a holiday destination.

The climbing is on limestone, mainly sea cliffs with many of the popular routes starting straight from the beach. As with all sea cliff climbing, a good knowledge of the tide times is essential: with a tidal swing of up to 13m, most of the route could be underwater if you arrive at the wrong time!

Most of the crags are south facing and catch all the sun going, but are also very exposed to the wind. A lot of the rock is fairly low angle, doesn't take much seepage, and dries quickly after rain.

Finally, don't expect to be alone here. Even when there are few climbers about, the peninsula is busy with walkers and other holidaymakers. If you're climbing on one of the beachside crags, you'll probably be the subject of more than a few people's holiday photos!

Getting There

Exit the M4 near Swansea. It should be well signposted from most junctions.

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Plenty of great climbing with beautiful coast in between! For a good number of the walls though, check your tide schedule! Tides here are crazy so much of the climbing is low tide only. Feels a bit pointless to copy everything over to Mountain Project so check out the UKC logbook for detailed listing of all the climbs at all the walls.

Mostly trad but some of the walls are sport. Definitely a great area for the beginning trad leader to cut their teeth. When I went we took a bus to Rhossili and starting climbing there, then spent the weekend climbing and hiking down the coast to Three Cliffs, after which we hitched a ride to Swansea, and can't recommend that style enough. May 29, 2017

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