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

 Further Update 23/07/17 the restrictions have now been lifted for the 2017 season...

Update -Kestrels are nesting in a hole between the routes Black Wall and Inch Pinch. Climbers are advised to avoid these routes until the end of July or until the birds fledge. Please note that while this is not a formally agreed restriction, 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.

June 20th update - The owners (Natioanl Trust) have deemed that a seasonal restriction of the whole of Trial Wall is required until the birds are fully fledged - please observe this for the remainder of this year's nesting season .  Further discussion will take place with the NT to determine the extent tof future restrctiuons here. 

Restrictions apply from 1 March - 21 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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