Trial Wall


A quick drying west facing quarry face with a mix of trad and sports routes.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: National Trust No. of Routes: 9
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1981
Grid Reference: SS 406878

Update June 2018 Kestrels are nesting in a hole between the routes Black Wall and Inch Pinch. Climbers are advised to avoid all of Trial Wall until the end of July or until the birds fledge. Please note that all wild birds are protected while in or near a nest and it is an offence to disturb any wild bird while it is building a nest or is in or near a nest containing eggs or young.

The National Trust deemed that a seasonal restriction of the whole of Trial Wall was required until the birds fully fledged.  Further discussion took place with the NT to determine the extent of future restrictions here. and there will have on-site signage istating the extent of the restriction.

This restriction is in place for 2018 and as there are currently young chicks on the nest the NT have now requested that climbers avoid climbing on the whole of Trial Wall until the birds fledge. 

Restrictions apply from 1 March - 31 July.

Reason: Nesting Birds

A well established pair of Kestrels nest in a hole between Black Wall and Inch Pinch. Please avoid these routes duing these dates. 

CRoW Information

On Crow access land

Area information

Gower offers excellent sea cliff climbing with relatively few access restrictions. The National Trust owns a large part of the coastline and Natural Rescource Wales (NRW) also actively manages certain areas of particular landscape or ecological interest. The history of climbing in the region goes back to 1949. Some cliff, notably Pwll Du, Pennard and Gravesend are home to the nationally rare plant Yellow Whitlow Grass (Draba aizodes). This plant is found on the broken scree and rocks on top of the cliffs and is easily damaged by trampling. Climbers should take care to identify this plant and avoid any route cleaning or vegetation clearance in these reas. Some cliffs have seasonal access restrictions to protect nesting seabirds which are reviewed on a regular basis and will be lifted if birds are not nesting. For details of the Yellow Wall restriction please contact the National Trust (Tel: 01792 390636) or the BMC Access Rep. Gower is covered by a fixed equipment agreement reached after lengthy discussion at several open meetings in 1999 and 2000 and more recently in 2011, which covers all of the limestone and sandstone crags in SE Wales. There have been problems in recent years relating to the development of crags in sensitive areas and climbers should carefully consider the potential implications of new routing activities before embarking on new route campaigns. Please refer to specific crag entries on the RAD for further information.

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Met a large delegation from the national trust and spoke for a while with a gentleman with a WWT gilet on taking pictures of the nesting birds. They were very keen on not allowing people to walk down the path to the base of trail wall due to the proximity of the path to the birds. They were hoping to put up a sign at the top to warn climbers not to even approach trial wall but to decend between wedge and lifebuoy.