Zero Gully

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Zero Gully
Cragshot zero gully.jpg
Rock Type Natural Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Trad
Approach Time 20 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Rhossili
Local Area Fall Bay to Mewslade
WGS-84 Location 51.561113, -4.280994
OS Grid Ref. SS 419 871
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.567326, -4.278292
GR Parking Location SS 421 878
Parking Postcode SA3 1PJ
Base Elevation 0 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction South
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Seldomly
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Before/After Low Tide 2.0 hours (See Note)
Crags Within 400m

Block Buttress, Catacomb Gully, Cathedral Wall, Conglomerate Cliff, Eyeball Wall, Four Gullies, Grey Wall, Hairy Dog Wall, Jacky's Tor, Little Block, Mewslade Short Wall, Molar Wall and White Edge, Richards Rock, Rolly Bottom Buttress, The Aisle, The Prows, The Pulpit, Thurba Head, Thurba West, Trident Gully and Ridge, Upper Jacky's Tor, Yellow Wall, Zero Gully


Gully just east of Four Gullies


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.

Turn left at the entrance to the car park. Walk a short distance down a farm track then bear right past farm buildings to gain the path leading through a narrow valley to the eastern end of Mewslade Bay (12 mins walk).

From the bottom of the path, continue onto the beach and head westward across the beach for about 130 metres.


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  1. Fun Blow-Hole - HS, 4b *
    Climb the right side-wall at back of chimney past a bomber thread, move right to the easy blowhole exit.

  2. Zero Gully - HVS, 5b *
    Start a few metres inside the gully, climb the right wall nearly to the roof then exit urgently rightwards to escape. Large cam handy but not essential. First attempted on sight in wet conditions which made the traverse too precarious and daunting. I thought grade was going to be E2 plus. Next chance i had to try it was a year later but bone dry and comparatively felt a doddle.

  3. Oservatory Ridge - HS, 4a
    The pleasant right arête at entrance of Zero Gully.

  4. Hadrian's Wall - VD
    The easy cracked-wall just right.

  5. I am a Free - VD, 4b
    Left side of overhang, then compact wall

  6. I Am Not Man - VS, 4a
    Direct through centre of overhang.

  7. A Number - VD
    Through right side of overhang.

First Ascents

  1. Fun Blow-Hole - Nick Taylor, o/s solo, 16th September 2020
  2. Zero Gully - Nick Taylor & Neil Shephard 11th September 2021
  3. Oservatory Ridge - Nick Taylor & Lesley Burgess, 16th September 2020
  4. Hadrian's Wall - Nick Taylor & Lesley Burgess, 16th September 2020
  5. I am a Free - Nick Taylor, o/s solo 16th September 2020
  6. I Am Not Man - Nick Taylor, o/s solo 16th September 2020
  7. A Number - Nick Taylor & Lesley Burgess, 16th September 2020