Yellow Buttress

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Yellow Buttress
CragShot yellow buttress.jpg
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time 35 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Thurba to Overton
Local Area Hollow Top to White Pillar
WGS-84 Location 51.547746, -4.249204
OS Grid Ref. SS 441 856
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 Sunny
Wind Sheltered Seldomly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Before/After Low Tide 1.0 hours (See Note)
Crags Within 400m

Blackhole Gut, Devil's Cwm, Eos Zawn, Fetlock Zawn, Hollow Top, Horses Cliff, Juniper Wall, Stalking Horse Zawn, White Pillar, Yellow Buttress


This crag had the reputation of being the crumbliest on Gower.

Has some interesting, albeit very dangerous and loose, routes. Be careful!


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 kissing gate, descend a short way (to the Wales Coast Path) and then turn left (east - signposted to Port Eynon) up the steep side of the valley and then head east for 160m on the path until you get to a broad vague valley leading down to the sea. Follow the valley downwards (for 200m) on a narrow path.

From the bottom of the valley head east (left) on a precarious path (in places) for approximately 330m, past Horses Cliff, around Fetlock Zawn and then over a fence.




Scramble off at the top and drop down east (left) well back from the top.

The Routes

A steep narrow ridge on the left and a series of grooves to the right. There is a prominent saddle at its base.

  1. South West Diedre - S
    A good line on the west (left) of the ridge. The rock requires careful handling. 18m.

    The steep bulging east face has obvious groove lines.

  2. Left Groove - S
    The left-hand groove is gained by a traverse from the ribs on the left. 15m.

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  3. Pink Pointless - E2,5b
    A poor route on crumbly rock. Climb the undercut slab between Left and Right Groove to meet Right Groove at the base of the crack. Pull left into a scoop, which is followed to the finish. 15m.

  4. Right Groove - E2,5b
    Perhaps the worst route on Gower. Loose in its upper section. The obvious 'jam' crack in the upper right wall of the tower is gained from the loose groove running up from the start of Pink Pointless and turns very crunchy at 20m. 25m.

First Ascents

  1. South West Diedre - J.Talbot 1969
  2. Left Groove - Unknown Pre-1981
  3. Pink Pointless - M. Crocker 10.01.1999
  4. Right Groove - Unknown Pre-1981

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