Prawn Zawn

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Prawn Zawn
( Spring Zawn )
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time 30 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Heatherslade to Pwll Du
WGS-84 Location 51.561819, -4.083517
OS Grid Ref. SS 556 868
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.566835, -4.087865
GR Parking Location SS 553873
Parking Postcode SA3 2DH
Base Elevation 5 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction Various
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Mostly
Climbing Type Normal
Crags Within 400m

Bacon Hole, Bosco's Den Area, Bowen's Parlour, Bucketland, Golden Wall, Heatherslade Bay, Marble Arch, Minchen Hole, Pantheon, Prawn Zawn, Quartz Corner


New sports routes,old routes rebolted with first ascentionists permission.


The short 12m tidal wall above the "prawn pools" 120m west of Bowen's Parlour

There has been a recent re-equipping of the old routes.


At low-tide walk along the foreshore from Bowen's Parlour (4 min). Avoid attempting to walk down from directly above to avoid trampling vegetation and disturbing the ecosystem.


Old pegs and threads replaced with bolts,all routes have lower offs to avoid topping out. Leave plenty of time to escape along the foreshore avoid walking out up the hillside to minimise environmental disturbance.Well this is a bit of a pain so time your last route for the tidal cut off then top out and walk easily up avoiding treading on any rare moss,nesting choughs or special geological features.

  1. Bull Fighter - Fr. 7b+ *
    Bulge at back of zawn. 15m.

  2. Rush Hour - Fr. 7b+
    Break out from previous at 2nd bolt climb tallest part of zawn. 16m.

  3. Prawn Star - Fr. 6b+ *
    The bulge and wall above then traverse right at the old peg/thread. 15m

  4. Prawnsite - Fr. 6b *
    The crack and groove at the back of the narrow zawn. 15m

  5. Hard Prawn - Fr. 6c+ *
    The crack as before then launch steeply up the sharp holds on the wall to a ramp. 15m

  6. Soft Prawn - Fr. 6a+ *
    The flake then wall above to double bolt L.O. 12m

  7. For King Trad Prawn - El,5a
    The rightward slanting flaky crack high up. 12m.

  8. Prawn Cock Tale - Fr. 6a *
    The wall above the barnacled intro to a ring LO. 10m

  9. Teen Prawn - Severe
    The easy leftward traverse line to finish at the ring belay. 10m

First Ascents

  1. Bull Fighter - Ashley Ward May 2012
  2. Rush Hour - 2012
  3. Prawn Star - 1999 R.Thomas P.Hadley
  4. Prawnsite - 1999 R.Thomas P.Hadley
  5. Hard Prawn - 1999 R.Thomas P Hadley
  6. Soft Prawn - 1999 R.Thomas P.Hadley
  7. For King Trad Prawn - 1999 P.Hadley R.Thomas
  8. Prawn Cock Tale - 1999 R.Thomas P.Hadley
  9. Teen Prawn - 1987 R.Thomas