Trial Wall

Gower

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

A pair of Kestrels nest in the hole between the routes Black Wall and Inch Pinch, partial and full retrictions will be in place while the birds are sitting and feeding the young. 

Please follow any signage placed at the bottom of the face giving up to date information on the restrictions agreed with the National Trust. 

Partial restrictions will normally be in place from mid April - mid June and then a full restriction until the chicks fledge at the end of July, but this will of course depend on the birds!

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.

 

Restrictions apply from 15 April - 31 July.

Reason: Nesting Birds

A well established pair of Kestrels nest in a hole between Black Wall and Inch Pinch.

A partial restriction is in place on the routes either side of the nest from April 15th (subject to change - see local signage) to allow the birds to sit peacefully on thier eggs.

A full restriction is in place on all routes on Trial Wall from June 15th - July 31st (subject to change - see local signage) to allow the birds to feed their young without disruption.

Any restriction will be lifted once the young have fledged. 

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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Anonymous User
07/04/2018
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.