The Hole

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The Hole
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time 40 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Thurba to Overton
Local Area Paviland and Juniper Wall
WGS-84 Location 51.551322, -4.259650
OS Grid Ref. SS 434 860
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
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Mostly
Climbing Type Serious
Before/After Low Tide  ? hours (See Note)
Crags Within 400m

Above Freelunchers Zawn, Below East Gully Groove, Deborah's Overhang, Deborah's Zawn, Liberty Zawn, Paviland Far Far Far West, Paviland Far Far West, Paviland Far West, Paviland Main Cliff, Paviland Way Out West, Seaspit Small Cove, Sister 2 and Half, Stallion Cove, TV Zawn, The Hole, The Knave, Third Sister, Tooth Fairy


This crag gets a Serious rating on account of its awkward access and isolation.


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 at the top of the valley and descend a few metres to a green-painted steel gate.

After passing through the green gate, the coast path rises steeply then flattens out parallel to the fence line. Follow the coast path for 250m and then head out left to the point overlooking The Knave and the Three Sisters Area.

From here things start to get a little sketchy! You can descend the westward-facing very steep grassy slope to the rocks (approx 5m above sea-level) and then take the exposed scramble left (south) for about 80 metres.


  1. Le Sewage Pudding - E1,5a
    Start at the base of the hole. Step onto the slab and move up to a deep slot. Continue slightly left to reach the groove and overhang. Move right onto the subsidiary slab and climb direct to the top. 15.

  2. Raspberry Nipple - VS,5a
    Atmospheric. Scramble down the western ridge of the hole until it is possible to traverse back right towards the cave and a belay ledge. From a short crack make a committing reach to jugs on the lip of the overhanging wall. Finish more easily in a direct line. 10m.

First Ascents

  1. Le Sewage Pudding - M.Richards, J.Williams - May, 1999
  2. Raspberry Nipple - M.Richards, J.Williams - May, 1999