|( West Cliff )|
|Rock Type||Natural Carboniferous Limestone|
|Approach Time||20 minutes|
|Sub Area||Thurba to Overton|
|WGS-84 Location||51.560998, -4.278393|
|OS Grid Ref.||SS 421 871|
|WGS-84 Parking Location||51.565848, -4.270856|
|GR Parking Location||SS 427 876|
|Parking Postcode||SA3 1PH|
|Base Elevation||25 metres (Other)|
|Crags Within a Half Mile.|
Block Buttress, Catacomb Gully, Cathedral Wall, Conglomerate Cliff, Devil's Truck Area, Eyeball Wall, Four Gullies, Giant's Cave, Grey Wall, Hairy Dog Wall, Jacky's Tor, King Wall, Lewes Castle, 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, Thurba East, Thurba East Gully, Thurba Head, Thurba West, Trident Gully and Ridge, Upper Jacky's Tor, Yellow Wall
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.
On the east side of Mewslade Bay, about 50m above the beach are some short buttresses. The central one of these, with a prominent upper half is Thurba West
- Chimney Climb - D
Climb the chimney situated at the left-hand end of the crag. 9m.
- Right Edge - VD
Climb Chimney Climb to half-height, then move out right and climb the blunt arête. 9m.
- Cracked Wall - VD
The blunt arête is gained directly. 9m.
- South Corner - S
From 3m up Cracked Wall, traverse up and right to gain and finish up a corner. 12m.
- Museum Piece - E4,6b *
A tough little number with lots of old, but relatively good gear, free climbing the obvious line of BRs and PRs in the centre of the crag. Very blind and quite powerful. 10m.
- Nogolo - E3,6a
Through the roof about 7m right of Museum Piece. 13m.
- Plastic Wings - E1,5b
Climb a short V-groove and steep corner above, 3m right of Nogolo. 12m.
- Amuseland - E1,5b *
The prominent right-facing layback crack 5m to the right of Nogolo. 10m.
- Moneyeater - E3,6a
The wall and slots immediately right of Amuseland. 10m.
- Solo - E1,5b *
About 12m right of where the overhang finally peters out, a groove and corner form the left end of a 10m wide wall. Climb this groove and corner. 10m.
- Moneyspinner - HVS,5b
The wall to the right of Solo. 10m.
- Progression - VS,4b
The ivy-covered crack to the right of Solo. 9m.
- Chimney Climb - J.Talbot, D.Thomas 00.00.1959
- Right Edge - J.Talbot, D.Thomas 00.00.1959
- Cracked Wall - J.Talbot, D.Thomas 00.00.1959
- South Corner - J.Talbot, D.Thomas 00.00.1959
- Museum Piece - J.Talbot 00.00.1966 - South Wall
FFA A.Berry 00.00.1994
G.Ashmore ALCH 05.10.1997
- Nogolo - M.Crocker 07.11.1998
- Plastic Wings - N. Taylor 09.06.2006
- Amuseland - M.Crocker 07.11.1998
- Moneyeater - M.Crocker 07.11.1998
- Solo - J.Talbot 00.00.1972
- Moneyspinner - M.Crocker 07.11.1998
- Progression - J.Talbot 00.00.1972