Black Wall

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Black Wall
Black Wall, Rhossili
Black Wall, Rhossili
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time 20 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Rhossili
Local Area Rhossili Sea Level Crags
WGS-84 Location 51.569264, -4.294105
OS Grid Ref. SS 411 880
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.569301, -4.28840
GR Parking Location SS 415 880
Parking Postcode SA3 1PP
Base Elevation 2 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction North
Aspect Rarely Sunny
Wind Sheltered Seldomly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Before/After Low Tide 2.5 hours (See Note)
Crags Within 400m

Black Wall, Castaway Cove, Mermaid Wall, Seamen Wall, Shipwreck Cove

Tidal Status

3 hours before/after low tide.

Bolting Policy


The short wall off the beach just before the shipwreck in the cove; strangely enough it's black.


This is the first climbing area you come to when approaching the Sea-Level crags from the beach.



The Routes

The short wall off the beach just before the shipwreck in the cove,strangely enough it's black.
  1. Thieving Parasites - Fr. 6a
    Boulder up the barnacles easier above.

  2. Wittle Thieving Lankers - Fr. 5
    Shares belay with previous,take a rock 7 if you are of a nervous disposition.

  3. Fats Waller - Fr. 7a
    Technical groove.

  4. Route With Two Pockets - Fr. 7b
    Big moves!

  5. Black Adder - Fr. 6b+
    Small then bigger holds.

  6. This ain't Pretty - Fr. 6c+

  7. Strongbow Flyer - Fr. 6a+
    Tricky start.

  8. Rum Thieves - Fr. 6a+
    A better route.

First Ascents

  1. Thieving Parasites - R.Thomas 00.05.2014
  2. Wittle Thieving Lankers - R.Thomas 00.05.2014
  3. Fats Waller -
  4. Route With Two Pockets -
  5. Black Adder -
  6. This ain't Pretty -
  7. Strongbow Flyer -
  8. Rum Thieves -

Additional Photos