Climbs 140
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 118m a.s.l
Faces N

Observatory Buttress Great Orme Wales © Franziska Hauk (DaV Hamburg)

Crag features

The cliffs around the Lighthouse on the Great Orme are as big and intimidating as anywhere and they are often tricky to get to but the rewards are high. For the new router, Un-named Crag is the place to head for. A petrol drill and a very long ab-rope will give you a free choice of 20 or 30 top quality sport routes. For the sport climber check out Seal Point, Crescent Buttress and the Turdon Gorge. All have good well-bolted routes at amenable grades. The explorer will probably want to take a look at Craig Pen Gogarth but be prepared for a smelly time. The cragger should go to Observatory Buttress, Craig Arwahan, the St. Tudno’s Buttresses and Central Buttress, in that order. It is probably a good idea to leave Point Five Buttress well alone.

Approach notes

There are two main parking areas for the Lighthouse cliffs, both situated near the


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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 seal point 
E2 5c ** 
3Crigyll Outlaws
E1 5b ***5
4Grip Master
6c * 
5Banana Skin
6c+ * 
6c * 
7Trail of a Tear
6a+ *2
 Craig Pen Gogarth 
9Trophy Wives of the Astronauts6c **5
10Arcophobia7c ***6
11Red Meat7b ***13
12Red Feat7b *1
13Death by a Thousand Cuts
6c+ *1
14Hoe Down
E2 5c 1

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