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DescriptionThe 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!
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