Abercynon High Buttress

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Abercynon High Buttress
Rock Type Natural Sandstone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time
Area Sandstone
Sub Area Sandstone Central Valleys
WGS-84 Location 51.654376, -3.326472
OS Grid Ref. ST 083 958
WGS-84 Parking Location
GR Parking Location
Base Elevation 194 metres (SRTM Estimation)
General Info
Faces Direction
Wind Sheltered
Climbing Type
Crags Within 5.0 km

Abercynon High Buttress, Deri, Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant (X2), Mountain Ash, Mountain Ash Natural Buttress, Mountain Ash West, Navigation Quarry - Cilfynydd, Penrhiwceiber Quarry, Senghenydd, The Darren, The Gap, Trehafod, Upper Mountain Ash, Ynysboeth, Ynysybwl Lady Windsor Quarry, Ynysybwl Upper Quarry

GR 078958


A series of natural sandstone buttresses on the hillside overlooking Abercynon. All the current routes are either on a rectangular buttress above the tree line, or the buttress immediately above it.

J. Madison has details of bouldering in the vicinity http://www.abercynonbouldering.wetpaint.com/

Also see The Little Gap


The best approach is probably from The Gap (see The Gap for details). From the left-hand side of the lower quarry, go up the banking and across the plateau. Carry straight on when the ground starts dropping down, taking care not to fall over the top.


Lower Buttress

1. Eagle VS,4c

The crack, overhang and wall on the rectangular buttress. 9m

S.Richardson, C.Shorrock 00.09.1991

Upper Buttress

There are a couple of unrecorded Severes and:

1. Raped Arête - HS 4a **

The perfect hanging arête in the middle of the crag is taken on its right-hand side. An awesome solo proposition. 7m

Olly Birrell, Jamie Maddison. Solo 08/06/2009

2. Girdle Traverse S,4a

As the name suggests. 15m

C.Shorrock 00.09.1991