Sully Island

Climbs 47 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces S

Crag features

There are two sections of cliffs. The tidal island itself, which has some sections of good rock on the South face and Swanbridge, on the mainland side, a little further East than the East end of the island itself. 

Sully Island is accessed via a natural tidal causeway, which disappears extremely quickly once the tide starts to rise. Visitors should check the tide times carefully, bearing in mind that it takes about 15 minutes to cross back to the mainland. Usually window is 2-2.5 hours either side of low.

It is a bouldering spot with a mix of rock types, both soft buff sandstone and hard grey limestone. The bouldering is on the limestone with occasional use of the sandstone for footholds.

Swanbridge itself is sea-washed about an hour either side of higher high tides only. It consists of an excellent bench of very sharp crystalline rock with some good long traverses and a 15ft slab off to the East. It is accessed by walking East along slabs from Swanbridge beach. The bouldering keeps strictly off the red sandsone band for footholds.


Approach notes

From the Penarth to Sully road, turn down the Swanbridge road sign posted to the Captain's Wife and park there to access the beach.

Access notes

None, but note the comments about the tidal window.

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
4Joe's Little AreteVB  
5Savaged By A Dead SheepV1 5b 1
6Joe's AreteVB  
7Joe's RoofVB  
8Practical Old BruiserV1 5b 1
10Dai Iactus EstV2 5c 2
11Backblock Traversef6B 4
12Backblock Aretef6A 6a *6
13Nemo me impecunia lacessitV2 5c 4
14Per Otium, Progressus SumV3 *5
15Implicari!V4 *4
16Canis malus iterum fugit!6b+ *8
17What's Weetabix in Latin?V0 3
18Beati Silures Quibus Bibere Vivere Est7c ***5
19Revidi, Reveni, Revici7b+ **8
20Veni, Vidi, Recessi7a+ *10
22Things Are Getting StrangeD 4
23I'm Starting To WorryHD 2
24This Could Be A CaseVD 1
26Breakawayf6A *2
27Breakoutf5 *2
 1914 BENCH  
30Haelen Bridge7b+ *1
31Yser7c **1
32Race To The Sea7c+ ***1
33CharleroiV4+ *3
34The Marne7b *3
35The Retreat From Mons7b *5
36The Aisne7b+ **2
37Le Cateau7a+ *9
38Smith-DorrienV3 *9
39Enola Gay7b+ *1
40Fat Man7c **2
41Bockscar7b *2
42Little BoyV4 3
43Roux De Sully6c+ 1
44Rue de SullyV3 6a *2
45MonsV2 5b 4
46With General French7a+ *1
47Sully CatV2 6a 2
48First YpresV3 6a 1
49UnamedV2 5c *3
50PanthersprungV2 5c 3
52Sully AreteV0- 4c 10
53Sully View Slabf5 **13
54Sully BuggersV1 5c *5
55Sully BullyV0+ 5b 3
56Far Too SullyV2 4
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Impression of some easier problems from 2012 :
joepremier - 29/Oct/14
This is a nice crag. Revidi is a great traverse. Well worth a look
fyfee8a - 18/Jul/14