Bacon Hole


One of Gower's largest caves and site of scientific significance, uniquely internationally protected for both its archaeology and the wildlife (Choughs and bats). 

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: National Trust No. of Routes: 1
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1999
Grid Reference: SS562867

Bacon Hole is an internationally important conservation site, both for its geology, its archaeology and for the fauna (protected bats and choughs) found in the area. It's a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the features of the site (including roosting and hibernating bats) are protected by law. For this reason the owners, the National Trust and Government of Wales's conservation advisors, Natural Resource Wales have not previously allowed climbing at this venue.  

Following detailed negotiations, permisson has been obtained for bouldering on a defined section of the left hand wall while bats are not roosting.  It's imperative that the agreement is adhered to. Full information about this and when bouldering is allowed at bacon hole is found on the attached guide.




Restrictions apply from 1 October - 30 April.

Reason: Other Conservation

The cliff is also within the agreed seasonal restriction to protect nesting choughs. This restriction extends from Bosco's Cave to Quartz Corner.

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.

Weather Information

There are no guidebooks assigned to this crag

Bacon Hole Access Info

Updated: 24/01/2019


Bacon Hole Access Info

Updated: 24/01/2019


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