Jacky's Tor

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Jacky's Tor
Jackys tor left-x1080.jpg
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time 20 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Rhossili
Local Area Fall Bay to Mewslade
WGS-84 Location 51.561250, -4.285503
OS Grid Ref. SS 416 871
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.565848, -4.270856
GR Parking Location SS 427 876
Parking Postcode SA3 1PH
Base Elevation 0 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction South
Aspect Sunny
Wind Sheltered Seldomly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Before/After Low Tide 0.5 hours (See Note)
Crags Within 400m

Block Buttress, Catacomb Gully, Cathedral Wall, Conglomerate Cliff, Devil's Truck, Eyeball Wall, Four Gullies, Giant's Cave, Grey Wall, Hairy Dog Wall, Jacky's Tor, King Wall, Lewes Castle, Little Block, Molar Wall and White Edge, Rolly Bottom Buttress, The Aisle, The Prows, The Pulpit, Trident Gully and Ridge, Upper Jacky's Tor, Yellow Wall, Zero Gully


Routes left (west) of V-Groove and right of Plot 13, 1 1/2 hours either side of low water. Routes on the front of the buttress 1/2 hour either side of low water. Routes in the cave of Shock And Awe are non-tidal.


No bolting.


Jacky's Tor is the prominent headland to the right (east) of Great Boulder Cove. It provides a number of good quality climbs. There is a deep cave left of the large front buttress and a lower subsidiary buttress left of the cave.



For Agamemnon and routes to the left (west) either scramble down the west side of the tor with extreme caution, or use the abseil descent above Eyeball Wall. For routes to the right, either abseil off the shaky spike above Plot 13, or walk off right (east) and descend down ridges to Cathedral Wall. Routes between Pluto and Slab And Wall have problematic descents - see the text.


Subsidiary Buttress

There is a large sloping platform at the foot of the buttress. 2m above this and running along the left side of the buttress is a ledge. Rateau De Chevre starts below the left end of this - the old boulder problem of Lambert (J.Talbot 1969) takes the wall left again.

  1. Rateau De Chevre - M
    Climb to the left-hand end of the terrace, move up left and finish up a short corner. 12m.

  2. Angel Flake - M
    The vague rib to the right of Rateau De Chevre. 12m.

  3. Slanting Corner - D
    The first prominent diagonal groove to the right of Angel Flake. 15m.

  4. Left Ramp - D
    To the right is the prominent red groove of Red Corner. Start up this, but step left and take the left-trending ramp above. 15m.

  5. Red Corner - VD
    The prominent red groove. Gain the ledge and climb a groove above to a recess. Surmount the overhang and follow the slabby groove above to the top. 21m.

  6. Wall And Crest - VD
    Climb a very faint groove 2m right of Red Corner to gain and finish up Kinder. 24m.

  7. Kinder - S
    Climb the centre of the front of the pillar to a large recess below the groove in the upper half of the buttress. Take the corner to the top.

    Kindergarten (J.Talbot 1970) is a rather pointless link-up of Kinder and Red Corner at half-height. 24m.

  8. Guardian - S *
    Start below the groove in the upper half of the buttress. Climb it to the large recess and traverse right to the arête. Follow this to the top. 24m.

Cave Area

To the right is a gully containing a cave. An old route on the left wall is largely superseded by others (Wall and Crest, J.Talbot 1963). The following route can be used to access the floor of the cave.

  1. Cave Corner - D
    Scramble up from beach level to the cave then climb the easy left wall to finish up a groove. 30m.

  2. Chantilly Lace - HVS,5b **
    A cracker, taking the steep corner left of the cave with good protection and good rock. 21m.

  3. Shock And Awe - E6,6c *** ?
    Spectacular climbing up the central cave system to the right of Chantilly Lace, 3TRs. 21m.

  4. Possessed - E4,6a *
    A sustained pitch, with plentiful but indifferent protection. Start right of the cave. Climb a flake crack to a small ledge, step left to gain a thin crack, PR, and climb this, PR, to easier ground. 22m.

  5. Repossessed - E4,6a *
    From the step left of Possessed continue up the groove between this and the Damned. Finish up Cave Traverse. 22m.

  6. The Damned - E2,6a
    A good, varied route. As for Possessed to the small ledge, move right and climb the crack to a small roof. Battle up the corner crack above and finish along the traverse line of Cave Traverse. 22m.

  7. Cave Traverse - HS,4a *
    An exposed route. Climb into the cave and traverse rightwards to the first corner crack. Follow this to a recess, level with the top of the wall above the cave. Traverse left to ledges, 2PR.

    The following routes are on the wall to the right. The finishes are obviously lethal, so it is assumed that climbers will either abseil off, leaving some gear, or descend down and to the right. The descriptions are therefore terminated at the end of the solid rock. 39m.

  8. Pluto - VS,4b
    At sea level and below the cave of the tor, is a vague rib on the right wall, left of a narrow slab. Start up this, but swing left onto a knob at 5m and finish up grooves above to the ledge. 16m.

  9. Narrow Slab - VD
    The narrow slab itself. 15m.

  10. Seaward - D
    The obvious corner 5m to the right of Narrow Slab, gaining a ledge off to the right. 18m.

  11. Slab And Wall 17m VD
    The wall right of Seaward.

  12. Agamemnon - VS,4c ?
    Follow the steep broken groove just left of the front of the buttress taking care with the rock, to a traverse line 27m.

leading rightwards at 25m. Belay. Either finish direct or traverse right to reach easier ground.

Front Face

The following routes are on the superb rock of the front seaward face of the Tor. For V-Groove and Plot 13, keep a very close eye on the tide.

  1. V Groove - E3,5c **
    One of Gower's earliest classic hard routes. Delicate and technical at first, then more exposed and strenuous. Start below the rib left of the overhanging corner in the front of the buttress, climb it and the thin crack to gain the v-groove. Exit leftward from the notch and climb a shallow groove above to a ledge. Either traverse off rightwards or abseil from a shaky block. 27m.

  2. Plot 13 - E4,6a ***
    A good addition, which is just shy of E5. Start at the overhanging chimney just right of V Groove. Bridge up the constricted chimney until it is possible to step down right below a sharp fin of rock. Climb the thin crack on its left side to the overhang. A hard move leads to a hidden hold above the overhang. Step right to the arête, PR, then move leftwards onto the face and make hard moves up and left. Continue up the face to the walk-off ledge. 27m.

East Wall

rock climbing topo for the East Wall of Jacky's Tor, Mewslade Bay, Gower, South Wales.
Jacky's Tor, East Wall.

Right (east) of the front face of Jacky's Tor is a bulging wall with a thin crack on its left side and a shallow groove at its right.

  1. Promise Of A Miracle - E5,6a
    Start 5m right of Plot 13. Thin cracks lead to a large roof, which is passed on the right to reach an open corner. Move left into a shallow groove to finish. 25m.

  2. Crank The Hummer - E3,6a *
    Take the thin crack right of Promise Of A Miracle. Climb to the start of the crack, PR, move over a small overhang and follow the crack to the top. The name is not a misprint. 24m.

  3. Stuntmaster - E5,6a
    Start 3m right of Crank The Hummer. Climb just left of an arête, to enter a groove in the arête. Move left at the top. 18m.

  4. Cut Across Shorty 19m E3,6a *
    The groove left of Red Diedre. Gain it by climbing the arête. The PR is on its last legs. The name is correct.

  5. Red Diedre - HVS,5a *
    A steep corner skirts the overhanging area to the right of Cut Across Shorty. Climb easy rocks to gain the corner and climb it directly. 18m.

  6. Mittel - VD
    As for Red Diedre, but move right to finish up the arête. 18m.

  7. Awry - S
    The wall right of Mittel. 15m.


Subsidiary Buttress

  1. Rateau De Chevre - J.Talbot 00.00.1963
  2. Angel Flake - J.Talbot 00.00.1969
  3. Slanting Corner - J.Talbot 00.00.1963
  4. Left Ramp - J.Talbot 00.00.1963
  5. Red Corner - J.Talbot, D.Lewis 00.00.1963
  6. Wall And Crest - J.Talbot 00.00.1963
  7. Kinder - J.Talbot 00.00.1963
  8. Guardian - J.Talbot, D.Lewis 00.00.1963

Cave Area

  1. Cave Corner - 9. Unknown Pre-1981
  2. Chantilly Lace - A.Sharp, J.Harwood 23.10.1982
  3. Shock And Awe - M.Richards, A.Sharp, M.Jones, P.Lewis 27.03.2003
  4. Possessed - J.Talbot, P.Perkins - Cave Overhang 00.00.1964 FFA A.Sharp, J.Harwood, D.Hillier 30.10.1982
  5. Repossessed - M.Richards, A.Sharp, M.Jones 27.03.2003
  6. The Damned - A.Sharp, D.Hillier 00.00.1982
  7. Cave Traverse - R.Owen, C.Andrews, C.Edwards 00.00.1960
  8. Pluto - J.Talbot, R.Corbett 00.00.1961
  9. Narrow Slab - J.Talbot, R.Corbett 00.00.1961
  10. Seaward - J.Talbot, R.Corbett 00.00.1962
  11. Slab And Wall - J.Talbot, R.Corbett 00.00.1961
  12. Agamemnon - E.Pardoe, L.Costello 00.00.1969

Front Face

  1. V Groove - E.Pardoe, D.Ellis 00.00.1966
  2. Plot 13 - R.Thomas, J.Bullock, L.Moran 31.05.1987

East Wall

  1. Promise Of A Miracle - M.Crocker, R.Thomas 24.10.1993
  2. Crank The Hummer - A.Sharp, J.Harwood, P.Lewis 14.04.1984
  3. Stuntmaster - M.Crocker, R.Thomas 24.10.1993
  4. Cut Across Shorty - A.Sharp, J.Harwood 12.03.1983
  5. Red Diedre - J.Talbot, D.Lewis 00.00.1963
  6. Mittel - J.Talbot, D.Lewis 00.00.1963
  7. Awry - J.Talbot, R.Corbett 00.00.1962

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