Visiting Porthcawl next week for the first time. Need a safe, slabby area to set up a top rope for a spot of fun with my grandson. Any suggestions please.
Box Bay is quite a good spot
Three Cliifs Bay at Gower. There are a couple of short Moderates at the left end of the crag above a beautiful sandy beach. They are called Left Crack and Right Crack 1. Lower back down.
Three Cliffs or Pobbles will probably be more appropriate for a four-year-old if you can get there - the easiest climbs are very slabby and user-friendly, as you know.
If you're actually in Porthcawl, you may as well give Box Bay a try. It's a lovely little crag and I really like it! The only thing is, on the main wall, the first two metres are actually a bit blank so he might struggle to get off the ground!
If he's happy about being lowered, you might actually get on better by lowering him halfway down some of the easiest routes and having him climb back up to you. Or have a look around - there are lots of smaller walls that might suit. It's all a bit steep and fingery but often young children excel on that sort of ground...
Definitely go for an explore around Box Bay - you should find something suitable even if it's not a listed route. If you're standing on top of the main face, looking at the sea, there's some potential options in a wide gully over on the right-hand side I think. It's a while since I've been, so that could be wrong. But there's definitely options around.
Opted for Box Bay today, well worth a visit and found plenty to do. Little one had a great morning, thanks for all recommendations.
Austrian climber Barbara Zangerl has made the second ascent of Kampfzone (8b+), a 5-pitch Beat Kammerlander route in the Rätikon, Switzerland. Zangerl's partner, Jacopo Larcher also climbed the route the following day.