Ilston Quarry

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Ilston Quarry
( Elizabeth and Rowe Harding Nature Reserve )
Overhang Area
Overhang Area
Rock Type Quarried Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Undeveloped
Approach Time 5 minutes
Area Gower
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)
General Info
Faces Direction South
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Mostly
Climbing Type
Seepage Needs a short dry spell
Crags Within 400m

Ilston Quarry

RAD Notice/Restriction Ilston Quarry@BMC RAD



This sizeable south-facing quarry was worked until 1966[1] 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.[1]

The quarry is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[2][3]

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.[1]

Apparently, kestrels have nested on the quarry face.[1]

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:

Given the sensitive nature of this site, anyone climbing here could face criminal prosecution.


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