Yellow Zawn

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Yellow Zawn
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time 30 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Rhossili
Local Area Rhossili Sea Level Crags
WGS-84 Location
OS Grid Ref.
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.569301, -4.28840
GR Parking Location SS 415 880
Parking Postcode SA3 1PP
Base Elevation 0 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction North West
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Mostly
Climbing Type Serious
Before/After Low Tide 0.5 hours (See Note)

Tidal Status

0.5 hours before/after low tide.

Bolting Policy

No bolting.


80m along the beach from Sinister Sister Zawn, is a deep zawn with a cave at its back containing a 20m high, north-facing wall with a yellow arête.



Descend by easy scramble.

The Routes

  1. Turning Japanese 18m E5,6a *
    A route for Cyclone Rangers. Start at a large boulder. Climb a finger crack to a horizontal break then traverse right to a good slot on the yellow arête. Climb its left side.

  2. Banzai! 15m E4,6a
    Place bets now! A fine steep little route. Climb the arête easily to a sloping ledge. Make hard moves up a thin crack into a groove. Finish up a black wall heading slightly right.

    60m right of Yellow Zawn and below An Audience of Sheep are three pillars, seen when looking out to sea. The following route climbs the sheer south west wall on the middle pillar.

  3. The Secret 17m E5,6b **
    A direct line taking the centre of the smooth wall. Abseil to a good ledge at 3m, or scramble in at low water. Climb leftwards, then back right on white crystal rock, passing a poor PR with difficulty, to the horizontal break. Take the centre of the wall to finish.

First Ascents

  1. M.Crocker, M.Ward 15.08.1987
  2. M.Crocker, M.Ward 15.08.1987
  3. M.Crocker, M.Ward 15.08.1987

Additional Photos