Platform Area

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Platform Area
CragShot platform area.jpg
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time 30 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Rhossili
Local Area Rhossili Sea Level Crags
WGS-84 Location 51.56528, -4.30439
OS Grid Ref. SS 403 876
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.569301, -4.28840
GR Parking Location SS 415 880
Parking Postcode SA3 1PP
Base Elevation 0 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction North West
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Seldomly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Before/After Low Tide 0.5 hours (See Note)
Crags Within 400m

Black Buttress, Calcite Bay, Carbon Slab, Evening Wall, Fat Lady Wall, Keel Buttress, Kitchen Corner, Lifebuoy Buttress, Platform Area, Poser Buttress, Retribution Wall, Sheepbone Wall, Silent Fright Buttress, Silent Walls, Sinister Sister Zawn, Sinners Walls, Trial Wall, Wedge Wall, Windy Buttress

Tidal Status

0.5 hours before/after low tide.

Bolting Policy


These routes lie on a small rock promontory, directly below the prominent arête of An Audience of Sheep and north of and parallel to the very obvious large flat sea level platform. Approach is best made by following a path down to a good platform, on the south side of the promontory.



The Routes

Platform Area
  1. Avoid Meeting The Portuguese Man Of War 40m VS,4a,4c,- **
    When deep water soloing the sea is normally used for protection. Here it is used as a hold. High tide is essential. Best soloed for obvious reasons.
    1. 15m Drop down into the v-groove below the end of the path and traverse left at a low level under an obvious arête. Step up to belay in the through-cave.
    2. 12m Crawl through the through cave, then traverse the left wall (looking out to sea) to a platform on the arête.
    3. 13m Jump into the sea, at the lowest point of the buttress, swim across the zawn and finish easily up the wall on the far side of the zawn. (The leap can be made from the belay stance instead for added underwater time as The Leap Of Faith Finish).

  2. Stardust 24m HS,4a **
    A classic little pitch. Follow Avoid Meeting The Portuguese Man Of War until 5m before the arête visible from the start. Pull up over an overlap, then move left to gain cracks just right of the arête. Follow these to finish.

  3. Year of The Snail 24m VS,4b *
    Start as for Stardust but continue up the centre of the wall.

First Ascents

  1. Avoid Meeting The Portuguese Man Of War - L.Davies & P.Thomas July 1989
  2. Stardust - A.Sharp & J.Harwood 18th October 1981
  3. Year of The Snail - M.Ward 16th August 1987

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