The Gap

Climbs 125 – Rocktype Sandstone (hard) – Altitude 100m a.s.l – Faces NE

Crag features
Part-natural, part-quarried, probably the best sandstone crag in South Wales. Routes up to 21m, though not much for the sub 6a climber.

Vitually all the old fixed gear has now been replaced with either 10mm expansion bolts or resin staples and all sport routes in the lower quarry have lower offs, some sport routes in the upper quarry still require topping out (slings required).

If anyone has any issues with any of the fixed gear please let me know so it can be identified and sorted.

Access notes
Visible from the A470, but hard to find. Take the 3rd exit(Ystrad Mynach) on the Abercynon-Mountain Ash roundabout, then 1st L at the next roundabout towards Quakers Yard. Just before the first set of traffic lights(pedestrian crossing) take a narrow L over the river Taff, follow the road up a hill until you pass back over the A470: turn immeadiately R along a single-track road. Lower Quarry is soon visible on the L. There is ample parking directly below the lower quarry although it is beggining to get pretty rough due to 4x4 and motocross use.

Very occasionaly kestrels nest in the lower quarry, if this is the case please give them a wide berth

Gower & South-East Wales (2004), (1995), South East Wales Sports Climbs (1995), Gower & SE Wales (1991), South Wales Mountaineering Club Wiki

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
2As It Was4c
3Kabuto Mushi6a+
5So Uncool6c **
6Just Hanging AroundE1 5b
7Bluster6a+ *
8Fluster6a+ *
9Marlin On The Wall6a+ *
10Don't Blame Me6b
11Sumo No Shiro6b+
13Canine League6a+
14Sleeping Dogs Lie6b+ ***
15Don't Bark Yet7a
16Smack My Bitch Up6b+
17Generation Bitch6b
18Generation GapHVS 5a
19Generation Gap5a *
20Mr FaradyE1 5b
21Mr. Faraday6a
22Poker In The Eye6a+ **
23Grout Expectations6a *
24Shackles Of Love6a *
25The Frightening Looking FlakeE2 5c
27Ring Of Confidence6b *
28Get Flossed7a+
29Loctite7b *
30Land Of The Dinosaurs6b
31Land of the Dinosaurs / Loctite Finish6c **
32A Momentary Lapse Of Reason7b+ *
33A Momentary Right Hand Treason7b+ *
34Rattle Those TusksE3 5c *
35Rattle Those Tusks6b **
36Mad At The Sun7c **
37Leave it to me6c **
38Salmon Running, Bear Cunning7a *
39John West7b
40Anything You Can Do7b *
41I Can Do Better7b *
42Encore! Magnifique!7b+ ***
43Pleasant Valley Sunday into Encore7b **
44Pleasant Valley Sunday7a+ **
46One Track MindE5 6a *
47One Track Mind7a **
48Greased Balls6b
49Rain And TearsE1 5b
50Full BagE2 5b
51Controlled Emission6b **
52Sperm WailE5 6b *
53Sperm Wail7a+
54Scrotum Oil6c **
55Naked TruthHVS 5a
56Has the Fat Lady Sung6b
57Pick Up The Pieces6a+ *
59Retro Butt InHVS 5a
60Perfect Scoundrels6c **
61Butt Out5c
62Per Rectum4c
63Stool Sample5a
64As It Is5c
65Turd Strangler6c+
66Dai Horrea6b
67TraverseE3 6a
69Chapeau VertVS 4c
70BlockbusterHVS 5a
71Always A MolehillHVS 5b
72Once a MolehillHVS 5a
73Personal StashE3 6a *
74LudditesE3 5c *
75Livin On a PrayerE6 6c **
76Trouble at MillE3 6a *
77Then There Is A MountainE3 6a
78Juggery PokeryE1 6a
79Thompson Bank WatchE1 6a
80Old DogVS 4c
81New TricksE1 5b
82Tall StoryE2 5b
83In Over My HeadE3 6b *
84Mister NaturalE2 5c
85Surprise, SurpriseE1 5c
86Audio PornographyE3 5c
88Gladwyn TidingsHS 4a
89Newton's Apple5c *
90Dirty GertyVS 4c *
91Acceleration Due To GravityHVS 4c
92It's A Sine6a+
93TangentE2 5c
94Scared Seal Banter7a+ **
95The Mastic Mick6c
96Cled's CrackHVS 5a
97The Grout Of San Romano6c **
98The Grout Of San Romano - right hand6c+ **
99Brush UpHVS 5a
100Step UpE1 5a
101The Godfather6a+ *
102Up Yours6a+ **
103SmoothieHVS 5c
104Windy EdgeE1 5b *
105Mortar Life6a+
106Shorta Life5a
107O Solo MioHVS 5b
108Chips With EverythingE1 5c
110Red Queen ArêteV1 5
111Unnamed IIV1 4
112Unnamed IV1 4
113Square Boulder-Left AreteV1
114Square Boulder- Front FaceV3
115Square Boulder-Right AreteV1
116Square Boulder- Right Hand FaceV2
117Slippery slopeV2 **
118Slippery Slope Right HandV2
119Slippery slope lefthandV0
120Blurred Linef7A+ **
121Lank AreteV0
122Moving Linef7B+ **
123Porroh manV4 **
124Jump StartV1
125Off DeckV1 *
126Rail rideV2 **
127RunawayV4 **
129Wave goodbyeV3
130UnderliningV3 **
131OverliningV3 **
132The Frackardf7B **
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Bone dry as of Sunday 25th March
Dan_Carroll - 25/Mar/12
Would say this is more of a summer venue. On a dry day in early March, 80% is still wet as many of the walls never see any sun. On upper quarry, some of the routes have no lower off, so beware.
J1_TOV - 03/Mar/12
Bring a clip stick . Many of the the first bolts are very high - presumably to deter vandals. Otherwise a great day or 6 out
chris wyatt - 27/Jun/11
The area marked 'Right Wall' on this page is wrong, it should read 'Left Wall'. The right wall climbs don't appear here at all.
Stone Muppet - 13/May/11
The comments about the bolting by Dai Edwards are now out of date. Much of the crag seems to have been rebolted and several new lines added.
richardr - 15/Apr/09
Just recenetly returned from a great day at this craig, my one comment would be though to take plenty of cams and not to reply on the on situ bolts as we found out and left me with a few scraps on my arms but a worth will vist, also take in the local pubs where we got very druck after a hard days climb.
Dai Edwards - 30/Sep/03
A brilliant area surrounded by stunning scenery with lots of climbing variety, the natural area has some easier climbs than the quarry, but none are too easy. A good day out.
Jonathan Butters - 30/Mar/03
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These details were last updated on 02/Jun/2011

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