TV Zawn

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TV Zawn
Tv zawn.jpg
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time 35 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Thurba to Overton
Local Area Deborah's Overhang Area
WGS-84 Location 51.553588, -4.262108
OS Grid Ref. SS 432 862
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.561586, -4.242797
GR Parking Location SS 446 871
Parking Postcode SA3 1PE
Base Elevation 0 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction South
Wind Sheltered Mostly
Climbing Type Serious
Seepage Needs a long dry spell
Before/After Low Tide 2.0 hours (See Note)
Crags Within 400m

Above Freelunchers Zawn, Deborah's Overhang, Deborah's Zawn, First Sister, Paviland Far Far Far West, Paviland Far Far West, Paviland Far West, Paviland Way Out West, Rams Grove Crag, Rams Grove Seaward Crag, Seaspit Small Cove, Second Sister, Sister 2 and Half, Stallion Cove, TV Zawn, The Hole, The Knave, Third Sister, Tooth Fairy


Access from the free parking at Pilton Green, (SS 446 871 or 51.561586, -4.242797). On the right-hand side of the B4247, approx. 2 miles before Rhossili. Park on the grass at the edge of the track leading to a farm. Cross the road, bear left and take the public footpath (signposted to Foxhole Slade) through the 'kissing-gate' on the left of the sandy-coloured house (Clifflands). Reach the top of a dry valley after about 20 minutes and numerous gates. (1.34km). At the landward end of the valley is a wooden kissing-gate (SS 438860).

Go through the gate and then, after a few metres of descent, join the Wales Coast Path' and then go through a green-painted steel gate on your right (signposted to Rhossili) and then go up the steep path 30 metres to the top.

At the top, head west along the wide and grassy path until you reach a gate/wall after 300 metres. Go through the gate/wall and, at a split in the footpath after 90m, take the left fork and follow the Coast Path for a further 300m as it winds through patches of gorse. Go down a short section between high gorse and hawthorn bushes to another gate. You can check your location by looking down the dry valley to your left; you will see a small pinnacle on the far side of the valley and also an agricultural roller in the corner of the field to your right. (8 minutes and 800m from steel gate)

Go down the dry valley on your left, (you will see a small pinnacle on the right side of the valley). Walk and then scramble 200m down some awkward, steep and gravelly paths until you see the impressive Deborah's Overhang on your right. (10 mins)

To reach TV Zawn scramble down from the false beach to the real beach and turn right. It is more extensive than it would appear from the outside, and contains a number of routes and projects.

Bolting Policy

Retro-bolting permissible with first ascensionist’s permission. Replacement of worn fixed gear on a point for point basis with bolts is permissible.


This is the zawn immediately opposite and running parallel to the main Deborah's roof.

The Routes

The whereabouts of a route in this section, climbed by Gwyn Evans and Steve Lucocq (3rd May 2006). Old Dog New Tricks VS 4c/5a, is currently unknown. Described as, "... it ascended a right-facing layback crack. Rounded and wave polished...".

The routes are described as approached, i.e. right to left. The last two lines are projects.

1. Voyage Of The Zawn Treader - Fr. 5

The first bolt line through the roof. Once over the roof (crux) sidle leftwards to finish up New Zawn. 8 m.

G.Ashmore 15.11.1996

2. New Zawn - Fr. 6a+

The roof and subsequent slab to the left to a lower off. 8 m .

G.Ashmore 15.11.1996

3. Going Down On Deborah - Fr. 6c

The roof to the left and subsequent wall, prove an awkward and rewarding struggle. 10 m.

R.Thomas 07.11.1997

4. Down Under Deborah - Fr. 7a *

The groove to the left.Stick clip at start as first bolt temporarily relocated onto the project to the left. 12 m.

R.Thomas Paul Hadley17.07.1999

5. Open Project

Partly bolted groove with massive thread potential.

6. Closed Project

The roof single ring LO.