Bwlch Mountain Road

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Bwlch Mountain Road
Rock Type Quarried Sandstone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time
Area Sandstone
Sub Area Sandstone Western Valleys
WGS-84 Location 51.6459159, -3.5322668
OS Grid Ref. SS 940 952
WGS-84 Parking Location
GR Parking Location
Base Elevation 322 metres (SRTM Estimation)
General Info
Faces Direction
Wind Sheltered
Climbing Type
Crags Within 5.0 km

Blaengwynfi, Bwlch Mountain Road, Clydach Vale Bogmonster Quarry, Clydach Vale Cambrian Quarry, Darren Fawr (Garw Valley), Gelli, Maerdy - Rhondda Fach, Pen Pych, Sheriff Quarry - Maerdy, Space Mountain, The Farm, Ton Pentre, Treherbert Quarry


The obvious roadside quarry on the Bwlch mountain road descending to Cwm Parc and Treorchy in the Rhondda. The quarry faces north and during the winter the routes are untenable (it even has a seasonal pool). However, for a few weeks in high summer the sun gets in and after a long dry period the quarry is feasible.


There is a gravel layby 600m further up the road (west)


  1. Skin-Flute Lullaby - Fr. 5a
    The leftmost line. Scramble up to the high LO

  2. Chameleon Direct - Fr. 6b
    Direct ascent of Cymmer Chameleon, avoiding the hand traverse.

  3. Cymmer Chameleon - Fr. 6b
    Follow the obvious crack leftwards, over small roof and face above

  4. The Good, The Bad and the Wobbly - Fr. 5c
    Up to small roof.

  5. xxx - Fr. 5
    Arête to left-hand end of ledge.

  6. Project
    Up to ledge

  7. Big Boot Route - Fr. 4
    A juggy route up to the right hand side of the ledge, feasible in most types of footwear.

First Ascents

  1. Mr T-Winkle Periclough (Esq)
  2. Mr T-Winkle Periclough (Esq)
  3. Mr T-Winkle Periclough (Esq)
  4. Mr T-Winkle Periclough (Esq)
  5. Mr T-Winkle Periclough (Esq)
  6. Mr T-Winkle Periclough (Esq)
  7. Mr T-Winkle Periclough (Esq)