Shipwreck Cove

Climbs 76 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 12m a.s.l – Faces NW

Crag features
One of Gower's finest sport crags! super steep 25mtr routes straight of the golden sand of Rhosilli.

Home to the largest concentration of sport climbing on Gower, Shipwreck cove has something for everyone. The 4 sectors are all a short walk along the beach (on the left looking out to sea), And offer a range of climbing from short slabs to monstrous lactic battles in the sky.

The area is a sea cliff and as such should be treated with a degree of caution, their is some loose rock in places and a helmet would be advisable. that being said the majority of climbing is on great rock in an idillic setting.

There are still a few projects at the crag which are clearly marked as such on here and other tops, please respect.


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Access notes
Tidal crag - access 3hrs either side of Low water for Shipwreck cove and Black Wall genrally 2hrs either side of low for Castaway Cove and Mermaid wall.

Neap tides could shorten this time for Mermaid wall.

Parking in large carpark above Rhossili beach £3.50

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Thieving Parasites6a 2
3Wittle Lankers5a 3
4Fats Waller6c+ **18
5The route with 2 pockets7b *3
6Black Adder6c **22
7this ain't Pretty6c+ *1
8The Strongbow flyer6b 6
9Rum Thieves6b+ *14
11Where has Stu gone?6c+ 1
12Mutiny CrackE4 6a **2
13Wrecking Ball7b **23
14AttritionE5 6a * 
15Marine Layer7a+ **16
16One Ton Depot7b+ ***31
17Vennerne7c+ ***19
18Air Show8a+ ***18
19Helvetia8c ***1
20Delta Dagger8a+ ***8
23Euro Fighter8b  
25Robs super steep projectProject  
26Achilles' wrath8b ***6
27King George vs the Suffragettes7a+ **33
29Blockiness7a **27
30Sand Man6b 25
31Par36c **59
32Johns route6b+ *21
33First Handout6a+ *28
34Hand Shandy6a+ 18
36Dry Blood Beast6a *8
37Cinders Catch5c 9
38Dirty Innuendo5b 5
39Geez Louise5b 10
41Crass Word Pizzle4a 2
42Landlubber4a 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
Moderator Updates to this page are checked by UKC volunteer simon rawlinson

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The hold is now back on Air Show
sam - 26/Sep/14
A vital crux hold has broken off Air Show (8a+). Air Show, Gun Show and Euro Fighter are not currently climbable. The hold will be glued back on and I will post on here when its done.
sam - 20/Sep/14
Rope thief beware,the gearing rope you stole recentley has seen hard service(pretty obvious)not many would risk using it too even abseil on but best of luck(all you deserve)if you use it for climbing.Will keep my eye out for you as it's quite an easily recognisable "rope"-sad thief.
freelunchprovider - 29/Jun/14
yes they are closed,mine are too easy for you any way. Warm up on the other easier ones and read the SWMC wikki or UKC before you come as they are up to date re new routes/projects. Better still get some kit from the fund and put up your own.
freelunchprovider - 20/May/14
Good crag. The only place locally to give Pant Quarry a run for its money.
goi.ashmore - 04/Sep/13
Beautiful beach, shame about the crag. For it to be in condition it needs to be hot and sunny enough to dry the crag but not too hot to climb, a breeze to help with that, low tide to be at 6pm give or take and make sure it hasn't rained too much in the last week or two. Maybe wait for the planets to align and go then
Laurence Everitt - 09/Aug/13
Thanks for the info Simon, and good beta on the weather. probably see you there in the summer.
brices - 01/Apr/13
Projects are Closed, sorry all new routes are close to being sent by there equipers we just need some warmer weather as its baltic at present! personally i would not recomend this spot until may/june as it get very little/no Sun till then the exsisting lines are fantastic and well worth the visit email if you need any more Gower info Happy climbing Simon
simon rawlinson - 28/Mar/13
Im thinking of heading here this year anyone know if the projects have been climbed and at what grade? if not are they still closed projects?
brices - 26/Mar/13