Lighthouse Crags

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

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

Access notes

There are two main parking areas for the Lighthouse cliffs, both situated near the ‘cafe’ by the Lighthouse Hotel. Once on the Marine Drive you can’t really miss the hotel drive entrance as you continue on the main lower road from Pen Trwyn. The parking by the cafe is often closed, as is the cafe, however the road is very wide here and there is plenty of space for a car or two. For busier times there is another car park further along the Drive on the left. the crags are all situated on the slopes below and around this cra park.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.


Out of print: North Wales Limestone - Fax08 (1997)

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11Red Meat7b ***13
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17Nobody's Fault but Mine6b *1
19A Nude Place to Creep6b+ *14
20Watcher in the Woods6c **10
21When the Lion Feeds6c+ **19
22Life's a Joke6c+ 1
23Wind and Worrying6b **24
26Bad Sugar6c+ *2
27Emus in the Zone6c+ *2
28Alien Forces6c+ 2
29Old Skool6b+ *7
30Klass Act6b *10
31Dead Bass6c 2
32A Present from Dave6a+ 6
33Stiff End6a+ 4
35Sundowner6a *50
36Woo Woo6a+ 39
37Blue Moon6b *42
38Neon Noon6b **55
39Sticky Mix6b+ *27
40Rocky Road7a **28
41Rough Rider6b+ **42
42Old Guys Rule7b *6
43Black Dahlia6b+ **29
44Black Iris6b 12
45Black Orchid6a+ 11
46Flight of the Elf6b 2
47The Poet Prolapse6b 2
48The Chunky Chin Man6b+ 1
49Opus Pistorum7b **4
50Back on Track7a *5
51Flash - Pumped!7a *4
52Afternoon delight6a 4
53Oceanside NorthE2 5c *1
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