Brombil Woods Crag

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Brombil Woods Crag
Brombil Pano1.jpg
Rock Type Quarried Sandstone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time 15 minutes
Area Sandstone
Sub Area Sandstone Far Western Valleys
WGS-84 Location 51.571668, -3.7466651
OS Grid Ref. SS 790 873
WGS-84 Parking Location
GR Parking Location
Base Elevation 63 metres (SRTM Estimation)
General Info
Faces Direction South West
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Mostly
Climbing Type Normal
Midge Problem Mild
Seepage Needs a short dry spell
Crags Within 5.0 km

Abbey Buttress, Apple Tree Buttress, Brombil Woods Crag, Cwmafan, Graig Fawr


Lots of them, but maybe a little crusty.


Part of the Craig Fawr Woodland Trust site at Margam, situated well down and left(west) in the trees beneath the WW 2 radar installation visible on the escarpment from the M4. Faces west in dense woodland so could receive most sun in winter when tree canopy reduced.Seepage possible so at it's optimum in a dry spell.


Take Junction 38 on the West bound M4.

Follow the A48 into the suburb of Margam (Port Talbot).

Turn right just after the Twelve Knights pub following a sign to St Davids Church.

After about 200 m turn right (small sign for Brombil) and follow this road under the motorway.

Pass several new houses and park in a muddy lay-by on the left, next to a stream, just before the road takes a 90 degree left turn into a dead end.

Follow the asphalt road into the dead end but take the small wooden footbridge on the left which crosses an open, concrete lined, drain and then hop up a set of steps that lead steeply up into the woodland.

Follow the path over a larger footbridge and keep right following the contour of the hillside (not left following the footpath sign post and steep wooden steps).

The path quickly narrows and becomes extremely wet and muddy, but after a hundred metres opens out, the M4 is directly below at this point.

Up on the left is hummocky ground and a series of outcrops, Brombil Woods Crag is the largest of these.


Described from left to right.

  1. Cornelly Boy - Fr. 5
    The slab. 12m

  2. Brombil Crack - HS
    The crack. 12m

  3. Brombil Capers - Fr. 5+
    The wall, steepening at the top.

  4. Peaceful Recreation - Fr. 6b+
    A sting in the tail reaching the LO.

  5. Under the Radar - Fr. 6a
    Crack followed to ledge.

  6. Permissible Climbing Fixtures - Fr. 5+
    Short but meaty crack on right of crag.


  1. Nick O'Neill R.Thomas 2010
  2. Nick O'Neill R.Thomas 2010
  3. R.Thomas N.O'Neill 2010
  4. R.Thomas N. O'Neill 2010
  5. R.Thomas N.O'Neill 2010
  6. R.Thomas N.O'Neill 2010

Brombil in the Mist 2