|Rock Type||Quarried Carboniferous Limestone|
|Approach Time||25 minutes|
|Sub Area||Thurba to Overton|
|WGS-84 Location||51.558083, -4.274400|
|OS Grid Ref.||SS 424 868|
|WGS-84 Parking Location||51.565848, -4.270856|
|GR Parking Location||SS 427 876|
|Parking Postcode||SA3 1PH|
|Base Elevation||12 metres (Other)|
|Crags Within a Half Mile.|
Block Buttress, Catacomb Gully, Cathedral Wall, Conglomerate Cliff, Deborah's Zawn, Eyeball Wall, First Sister, Four Gullies, Grey Wall, Jacky's Tor, Mewslade Quarry Slab, Mewslade Short Wall, Molar Wall and White Edge, Rams Grove Crag, Rams Grove Seaward Crag, Red Chamber, Richards Rock, Rolly Bottom Buttress, Saddam's Wall, Second Sister, Sister 2 and Half, The Crag That Time Forgot, The Knave, Third Sister, Thurba East, Thurba East Gully, Thurba Head, Thurba West, Trident Gully and Ridge, Upper Jacky's Tor
About 150m east of the bay immediately east of Thurba Head is an easy angled crag above the path.
From the main Rhossili road, turn left in Pitton (south) to Great Pitton Farm (SS 427 876 or 51.556076, -4.267799) where there is a car park. The honesty box no longer exists and a system of seasonal tariffs is now in operation. Payment is made via a machine or paybyphone Ⓡ. See Pitton Parking for information on charges. Currently a maximum of £5.00 is charged for parking from 06.00 to 22.00.
On walking out of the car park, turn left and, after about 25 metres take the public footpath off to the right. Pass through a gate after about 15m and then follow the rough path for a further 200m where there is another gate. This is the top end of Mewslade.
Follow the path down the valley.
After about 5 minutes, where the sea starts to become visible, turn left (east) up the hill through an NT marked stile. A path wends gently up onto higher ground. For Thurba West, contour round towards the sea about 50m below the top of the hill to reach this small outcrop overlooking Mewslade Bay.
For the main crag, continue to the top and walk out towards the headland until a path cuts down and left (east). Follow this for 100m, then strike out to sea, to reach a non-tidal platform below the shoulder of the head and at the east side of the area. The routes on the front face are normally approached by abseiling down from the non-tidal platform to a highly tidal platform on the front face. This is only really practical on big tides. The routes on the east side are accessed by either abseil, or more commonly by traversing in from the platform above the high tide level.
For Thurba East continue along the coastal path.
- Depression - S
Climb the left-hand rib of the crag on loose rock. 32m.
- Knight Games - S
Some distance on from Depression is a short crag above a short grey wall facing due south. Climb th 10m.e centre of the wall, traversing off right to finish.
- An Oxford Connection - VD
In the valley to the east of Knight Games with wooden fence in it is an east facing crag. Climb directly up about 3m right of the left-hand arête. 12m.
- Depression - J.Harwood, E.Smith 08.05.1999
- Knight Games - J.Harwood, E.Smith, M.Leask, M.Ismail 28.03.1999
- An Oxford Connection - J.Harwood, M.Leask, E.Smith, M.Ismail 28.03.1999