Odin's Cave

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Odin's Cave
Odin's Cave from above Odin's Wall
Odin's Cave from above Odin's Wall
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time 20 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Tor Bay and Great Tor
Local Area Great Tor East
WGS-84 Location 51.568967, -4.121902
OS Grid Ref. SS 530 876
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.575583, -4.127859
GR Parking Location SS 526 884
Parking Postcode SA3 2HJ
Base Elevation 9 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction North East
Aspect Rarely Sunny
Wind Sheltered Always
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Needs a short dry spell
Crags Within a Half Mile.

First Corner, Great Tor Proper, High Slab, Little Tor, Monty's Slab, Odin's Cave, Odin's Wall, Ramp Zawn, Second Corner and South Wall, Three Cliffs, West Tor

Tidal Status

Non-tidal but awkward to get to when not approached from along the beach.

Bolting Policy

Bolting permissible. NT currently refusing permission.[1]


Cave currently with one route. Scope for quite a few more when permission from the NT is forthcoming.


Easiest access is from the beach at low (or near low) tide.

Otherwise it's an interesting, but easy, scramble from Russian Zawn A scramble can also be made from the start of East Ridge on Great Tor itself.


The Routes

CragShot Odins cave 2.jpg
  1. Obscenities 12m E4 6b
    The right wall and rib of the cave. Climb the rib, TR, 2PRs, to the roof. Pull through into the groove via very thin moves until a "thank God" hold can be reached. Continue direct to the top (a pre-placed rope belay is advisable).

    Not actually in Odin's Cave, but on the broken slabs to the right is the following route:-

  2. Another Fine Mess 14m Severe
    Take a line on the slabs to the right of the Obscenities. Some loose rock here.

First Ascents

  1. Obscenities - E.Kellar, A.Wilson 00.00.1990
  2. Another Fine Mess - Mark Winder, A. N. Other 27.04.2011

Additional Photos


  1. According to the NT's published geodata, they don't actually own this place!