Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 206m a.s.l
An easily accessible beginners crag located within a wooded strip formerly occuppied by the Oakdale Colliery.
The climbs are generally on the slabby side of vertical, well bolted and equiped with in-situ quick lower off krabs for convenience.
The surrounding trees offer some seclusion from the suburban background and can even keep the climbs dry in showery weather. However, the numerous flat hand ledges collect leaf litter and fine particles washed from the earthy slopes above and a brushing is essential on most climbs after the winter has passed, you have been warned.
The crag lies on the north-west side of the Oakdale residential estate, north of Blackwood Town centre.
Follow the A4048 until you reach the roundabout on the eastern side of the Chartist Bridge (obvious as it has a large statue of a man made out of washers). Head north from this roundabout for 1 km. The industrial estate is on your left and the crag is on the right, opposite the first unit.
There are numerous parking options but on first aquaintance it is advised to use the overflow carpark in the industrial estate opposite, on Old Coal Avenue, and follow one of the indistinct paths through the trees to the crag.
Grid Reference : ST 18458 98837
X : 318458, Y : 198837
Latitude : 51.682348, Longitude : -3.1808342
Nearest Address: Rhiw Syr Dafydd Hill, Oakdale, NP12 0