Castaway Cove

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Castaway Cove
Castaway cove2.jpg
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time 25 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Rhossili
Local Area Rhossili Sea Level Crags
WGS-84 Location 51.569045, -4.295540
OS Grid Ref. SS 410 880
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.569301, -4.28840
GR Parking Location SS 415 880
Parking Postcode SA3 1PP
Base Elevation 0 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction North
Aspect Rarely Sunny
Wind Sheltered Seldomly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Needs a short dry spell
Before/After Low Tide 2.0 hours (See Note)
Crags Within 400m

Black Wall, Castaway Cove, Mermaid Wall, Retribution Wall, Seamen Wall, Sheepbone Wall, Shipwreck Cove, Trial Wall, Wedge Wall

Tidal Status

2 hours before/after low tide.

Bolting Policy


The cove further on from Shipwreck Cove containing the wreckage of the ship Vennerne.




The Routes

The cove containing the wreckage of the ship Vennerne.

  1. Top Drawers - Fr. 5+
    Left hand side of slab past two small roofs.

  2. Bottom Drawers - Fr. 6b
    Direct ascent of slab to same LO as previous route. Delicate

  3. Dirty Drawers - Fr. 6b+
    Travelling leftward steeply, step up then delicately across slab to same LO.

  4. Sticky Tissue Issue - Fr. 7a+
    At the rear of Castaway Cove lies an elevated slab with a stepped roof on its left side. A bold route attacking the roof at its widest point.

  5. La doux parfum de la lingerie utilise - Fr. 6c
    A route crossing the roof further right, at a narrower point. Same L/O as previous.

  6. Secret Drawers - Fr. 5
    An unpleasant ascent of the corner to gain the slab above. Dirty and loose.

  7. Cast Me Away - Fr. 6c
    The pillar and roof.

  8. Grazed and Transfused - Fr. 6a+
    Start from the sloping boulder,follow the steep slab to join the following route at the top two bolts.

  9. Dry Blood Beast - Fr. 6a
    Right hand side of bay, back wall, follow R side of cave. Crux bolt a bit low.

  10. The Clot Thickens - Fr. 6a+
    Start just left of the deep chimney, gain the lay back crack then move up to the belay of previous route.

  11. Cracker Barrel - 6b+

  12. Catching Fire - 6c+

  13. Cinders Catch - Fr. 6a
    Barnacle start then sloping well separated holds lead to grubby upper section and chain above dusty ledge.

  14. Dirty Innuendo - Fr. 5+
    After the usual barnacle start follow the wall then move LEFT to join preceding route and its ring belay. DO NOT go R to the single "working non-stainless bolt" where someone has wimped out and left a carabiner.

  15. Geez Louise - Fr. 5+
    Short wall almost at exit of bay.

  16. Mini the Minx - Fr. 5
    The short wall starting from the ramp.

First Ascents

  1. D.Emanuel, R.Thomas 00.10.2014
  2. R.Thomas, D.Emanuel 00.10.2014
  3. R.Thomas, D.Emanuel 00.10.2014
  4. R.Thomas, D.Emanuel 00.10.2014
  5. D.Emanuel, R.Thomas 00.10.2014
  6. D.Emanuel, R.Thomas 00.06.2014
  7. D.Emanuel, R.Thomas 00.06.2014
  8. D.Emanuel, R.Thomas 00.06.2014
  9. R.Thomas, D. Emanuel 00.06.2014
  10. R.Thomas, D. Emanuel 00.06.2014

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