Altitude 49m a.s.l
The things we do to avoid the rain... © JHC
Llanddulas Cave has been developed with a set of excellent sport routes from F5 to F8b, some of which are up to 25m in length. There was a period of development in 2009 and in 2010/2011 there were some major routes established and no less than 3 new areas were developed so that there are now 5 sectors:
1.Forgotten Sun Area (Good range of grades and some quarried rock)
2.Upper Cave (Varied, from major overhangs to more friendly stuff)
3.K O Wall(a few short but worthwhile climbs)
4.Golf Ball Wall (short routes but fun climbing)
5.The Tower(A big crag. Long routes with a sustained feel)
Llanddulas Cave is within an SSSI (Gwrych Castle Wood). Come off the A55 at J23. Turn left, pass through the village and turn right up Beulah Avenue. Turn left up Ffordd Newydd and park at the top. Turn left at the top and walk back down the road for 100m. A break in the wall on the right is the start of a path up to the crag.
The edges five separate sites - Forgotten Sun area, Upper Cave, KO Wall, Golf Ball Wall and the Tower. All of the climbing lies within the Gwrych Castle & Llanddulas SSSI. The area is especially noted for its assemblage of the Wild Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and there have been concerns by CCW that climbing has negatively impacted on some of the plants. It is imperative that no more route cleaning or new routing occurs without consultation with CCW if serious access restrictions are to be avoided here.
There have been a number of complaints from local residents regarding climbers parking and creating obstructions to local residents along Fordd Newydd/New Road; climbers are advised especially to not park close to or opposite any drives or gateways.
If there are already several cars here, there's plenty of alternative parking: either at the car park near the beach gained via Beach House Road opposite
Rhyd-y-foel Road (near the excellent Tides Cafe LL22 8HA) or on Beulah Avenue gained by turning right at the village hall on the outskirts of the village, just past the Valentines Pub.