|( Elizabeth and Rowe Harding Nature Reserve )|
|Rock Type||Quarried Carboniferous Limestone|
|Approach Time||5 minutes|
|Sub Area||Three Cliffs and Pobbles|
|WGS-84 Location||51.5955699, -4.0883425|
|OS Grid Ref.||SS 554 905|
|WGS-84 Parking Location||51.595510, -4.086552|
|GR Parking Location||SS 555 905|
|Parking Postcode||SA2 7LD|
|Base Elevation||51 metres (SRTM Estimation)|
|Seepage||Needs a short dry spell|
|Crags Within a Half Mile.|
|RAD Notice/Restriction||Ilston Quarry@BMC RAD|
This sizeable south-facing quarry was worked until 1966 and is now in a very pleasant nature reserve and worth visiting in its own right. The best bits, the overhangs on the far right and the slab just to the left, are now obscured by trees and are difficult to photograph.
The nature reserve is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
The quarry face is of national geological interest, notified as an SSSI, exposing alternate beds of crinoidal limestone with clays associated with thin seams of coal, a geological exposure unique in Wales.
Apparently, kestrels have nested on the quarry face.
Should anyone wish to develop the best bits, they would be wise to speak/negotiate with the owners.
Approach from Ilston. Park at the small pull-in by the ford. Walk gingerly across the slippery ford and then enter the nature reserve. Follow vague tracks round to the right. (5 mins.).
The Wildlife Trust has contacted the BMC Access Rep to stress that they do not allow climbing at this important geological SSSI.
This quarry now has a BMC ban. See: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/RAD/View.aspx?id=5582
Given the sensitive nature of this site, anyone climbing here could face criminal prosecution.
No routes recorded.