Longhole Cave Buttress

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Longhole Cave Buttress
Longhole Cave Buttress
Longhole Cave Buttress
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time 15 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Thurba to Overton
WGS-84 Location 51.543001, -4.234897
OS Grid Ref. SS 451 850
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.54486, -4.220247
GR Parking Location SS 461 852
Parking Postcode SA3 1NQ
Base Elevation 38 metres (SRTM Estimation)
General Info
Faces Direction North East
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Mostly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Crags Within 400m

Black Streak Crag, Boiler Slab, Engine Room Slab, Longhole Cave Buttress, Longhole Cliff




A small buttress near the entrance to Longhole Cave. It offers a few sheltered short pitches and some bouldering.


This well hidden cave is only a 65 metres north-east of Boiler Slab. On the final and direct northerly approach to Boiler Slab and before the path descends the rocky "steps", branch off left and look for the buttress. The cave is on its east side.

Located in the Long Hole Cliff Nature Reserve


Topo longhole cave buttress.jpg
  1. Route 2 - Severe
    Take a line the south side of the buttress over the initial overhang and then the less steep (and loose) wall above. 8m.

  2. Grasshopper - VS 5a
    Climb the overhanging groove between the arête and the vertical groove of Route 1

  3. Route 1 - V.Diff
    On the eastern side of the buttress and at 10 metres from the cave entrance, climb the steep (for V.Diff) and juggy groove for 6 metres and then step left to a ledge. From there climb directly to the top. 9m

  4. No Name or Grade Yet


  1. Route 2 - G.Smitham, D.Smitham. 15-04-2015
  2. Grasshopper - S.Hill, M.Hill. 03-07-2019
  3. Route 1 - D.Smitham, G.Smitham. 15-04-2015
  4. No Name or Grade Yet - Gwyn Evans. 3rd July 2019