Regional Access Database

Restrictions/ Sensitive Access Yellow Wall

Big wall dominating the impressive Great Boulder Cove - seamed with grooves and overhangs it's Gower's showpiece crag.

BMC Area Wales Rock Type Limestone
Climbing Area Gower Access Status Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
County Swansea CRoW Land No
Importance Regional No. of Routes 20
Ownership National Trust Year Developed 1987
Within National Park No Grid Reference SS416873




Restrictions apply from  1 March - 31 July. Reason - Nesting Birds


Contact the National Trust (01792) 390636 for details.









Gower offers excellent sea cliff climbing with relatively few access restrictions. The National Trust owns a large part of the coastline and the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) 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.

  
This page was last updated on 28/09/2012. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.