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Crag X Gilwern Hill

Gwent, WALES

Climbs 32 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 400m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
32 routes up to 10/12mts in height. Rock is mainly flowstone and can be friable. Fully bolted with lower offs for all routes. The crag is split into 3 sections,Pear buttress has 6 routes and can be found about 100mts east(around the corner into the next bay) of the main wall, the Hindu Kush area containing 11 routes is on the right approx 250mts before the main wall. Because of its altitude it can be cold, but facing west gets any afternoon sun that's going.

A good afternoon evening crag in fine weather.

Access notes
From Blaenavon take B4246 for approx' 1 mile, turn left at keepers pond towards Lamb and Fox, pass the pub and continue for approx' 1mile until there is a very steep drop into an old quarry. You can park just before the steep drop or there is room for 1 car just after. A small path leads up from the road, follow this trending left until you come to the first wall on your right (11 routes here) continue along the path for 250mts to the main wall.

Weather forecast

 Today  Sat  Sun  Mon  Tue 

4.0mm rain
Sunny periods
18 °C
15 kph

10.3mm rain
Sun
17 °C
20 kph

0.3mm rain
Sun
17 °C
14 kph

0.2mm rain
Sun
17 °C
12 kph

0.3mm rain
Sun
19 °C
12 kph
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Guidebooks
www.sportsclimbs.co.uk (1995), South Wales Mountaineering Club Wiki

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 PEAR BUTTRESS  
2Wayne fell in do do4a 12
3Jetison Bilge5a 11
4Fruitless Pair6b+ 11
5La Poire6b 14
6Posh and Becs6c 5
7Apples and Pears6a 13
 MAIN WALL  
9Jug fest4c *137
10Destination Brynmawr6a 75
11Tea Leaves6b **66
12Battle of the bulge6c **56
13Flow Job6b **74
14Christian broke my flake6a+ **115
15Diagnosis Made Easy6c+ **45
16Pwll Du Crack5c 112
17Go with the flow6a 106
18There's no business like flow business5c 124
 RIGHT HAND SIDE  
 Climb nameGradex
20Whatever floats your boat5c 106
21A paddock full of ponies5a 136
22Crack me up4c 164
23All aboard my dingy4a 137
 THE HINDU KUSH AREA  
25Cod liver oil6b *49
26Glucosamine & Chondroitin6c **43
27Fuelled by Pies7a+ *26
28Johnny takes a tumble6a *78
29Snap crackle n Pop6a 60
30White Noise5a 85
31Back, crack and sack5a *115
32Take me up the Hindu Kush5c 85
33To Dai or not to Dai5c 93
34Brittle Biscuit4c *121
35Under a blood red sky5c *98
 BOULDERING  
37Gilwern TraverseV1 6
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Currently the route, Christian broke my flake 6a+ on the main wall has a very dodgy 3rd bolt that is close to falling out and is best avoided.
Jamie Skelton - 07/Jun/14

Does anyone know if it is possible to set up top- or bottom-roping at Crag X Gilwern Hill? Me and a friend are just starting climbing outdoors and have not learned to lead yet. Thank you.
marcjospeh - 07/May/14

See picture/topo in picture section
Levi - 10/Jun/12

There appears to be 2 new routes added to an isolated butress somewhere near the main wall, please add the details to the route list whoever equipped them. thanks Paul
Paul Bowen - 22/Apr/12

Amazing to think that I used to be able to see this crag from my office window! And then moved about 6 months before the routes went up! Really great place to climb - loved it.
Tom Hutton - 18/Jul/10

Had a look at this site today as I was up for a wedding. Started on Jug Fest just as the heavens opened! It got very wet v quickly so sadly packed up and trudged back to the car but loved the location and the work that's gone into setting up the climbs. Brilliant. Can't wait to come back.
vsheriff - 19/Jul/09

Another great day out at a Paul Bowen creation. Very windy. Looking forward to returning to get the b*!!&tard 6b which I bailed on. Thank you Paul, it's much appreciated.
gramee - 09/Jul/09

Just had a great morning on this great new valleys crag. Still a few snappy holds here and there but far less than I was expecting to be honest. Big thanks to Paul Bowen, Paul Tucker and others for all their efforts.
richtea21 - 10/May/08

Thanks for all your work Paul. Really enjoyed the new routes in glorious sun last w/end. cheers
benjaminhills - 15/Feb/08

Much respect and appreciation for all the hard work work put in to make this old quarry a top spot - whatever the weather... Nice one Paul...
pinnochio - 03/Feb/08

Well worth a visit. Generally sound rock and technical routes.
DafSWMC - 07/Oct/07

have just added 7 more routes to the short wall 250mts before the main crag, will be updating later with all the info on grades/descriptions photo topo etc.
Paul Bowen - 08/Sep/07

Visited while in the area. Nice climbing, especially the central main section with some lovely flowstone pipes. The rock does need to clean up a little. Grades seemed about right. Cheers!
richardr - 02/Jul/07

very good place to climb in the afternoon been a few times go at least once a week injoy it very much progressing up to climb the 6+ now..........
Tunell - 05/Jun/07

just been updating the route descriptions, hope it makes things better, still have to name most of the routes, it's not that easy..
Paul Bowen - 31/May/07

just submitted photo topo of short wall 250 mts before main crag should be online in a day or so
Paul Bowen - 23/May/07

Have done photo topos for main wall and right wall still to do topo for short wall 250mts before main crag... grades are roughly.. 6b 6c 7a 6a from l-r as you look at the wall
Paul Bowen - 08/May/07

Paul - can you send details when you've done? Cheers Goi
goi.ashmore - 07/May/07

I do intend to get a photo topo done with all routes listed and graded very soon.
Paul Bowen - 21/Apr/07

did my first outdoor climb today, the small walls were shit loads of fun, looking forward to progressing onto the big one!!
rich232 - 20/Apr/07

all fixed gear now replaced, and a new route added far left side at 4+/5..... 2nd april 2007
Paul Bowen - 02/Apr/07

somebody has stolen a substantial amount of the fixed gear, will endeavour to replace it asap.. bast@rds Paul Bowen
Paul Bowen - 30/Mar/07