The Gower

Goi Ashmore of Palace on Swords Reversed. Goi Ashmore of Palace on Swords Reversed at Foxhole. Photo Carl Ryan

Sport climbing has become very popular in the Gower despite its ‘traditional’ flavour and its coastal aspect. This has been due to a couple of reasons:

  1. In the late Fifties/early Sixties, one Jeremy Talbot had an open hand to development in the area and as well as establishing a number of popular classics of the area also established a number of routes which required a large amount of aid, including bolts. This leant the area its bolting precedent and since the development of sport climbing certain activists were invariably going to cast their eyes over new cliffs.
  2. Subsequently in the mid Nineties a trio of new cliffs were discovered, developed and agreement drawn up between local climbers, the BMC, a number of landowners and nature conservancies to allow access to the cliffs. It is hoped to increase the number of pages in this volume and the variety of climbing in the area.

For further information on the cliffs included here see the South Wales Climbing Wiki.

Note that the crags Black Wall, Calcite bay, Castaway, Mermaid Walls, Seaman Walls, Shipwreck Cove, Silent Walls, Sinners Walls and Windy and Fat Lady Walls are all now listed in the Rhossili section.


Watch House crags (30.05.23) New clearer and bigger topos with new routes added.

Foxhole (30.05.23): New topo with double the number of routes as the previous topo.

Third Sister (23.6.19): A new lower crag with with a handful of lower grade routes. A new middle tier with some superb new finds and the excellent upper tier.

Sister Two and a Half (10.1.19) an excellent find with a number of good, though relatively short technical exercises on good rock with an fine outlook.

Ramsgrove Seaward Crag (21.2.18) another fine little venue overlooking a wonderful seaward outlet.