Climbs 131
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 12m a.s.l
Faces NW

Fought to the End (5c) at Mermaid Cove, Rhossili Beach © Mark Glaister

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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Approach 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 the large carpark above Rhossili beach. This is know owned by the National Trust, and Pay and Display,  £4 for the day or members displaying badge Free!

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South Wales Sport Climbs

South Wales Sport Climbs covers the area to the south of the Brecon Beacons, spanning the land and sea cliffs from the River Wye on the Welsh border to Pembrokeshire in the west. The area is home to a wealth of sport climbing on a multitude of venues ranging from small inland quarries to extensive limestone sea cliffs.
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Does thos crag suffer from seepage? Thinking of going on tuesday
blaza1 - 28/Oct/16
Car park is now £4 all day
partz - 04/Jul/15
Aimed to climb at Mermaid Wall today - but even at low tide the sea was lapping at the base of the wall. Low tide height according to the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility was 2.6m, so bear that in mind!
Matthew Edwards - 11/Apr/15
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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Black Wall 
2Thieving Little Parasites6a *21
3Wittle Thieving Lankers4c *35
4Fats Waller6c+ **30
5The Route with Two Pockets7b *3
6Black Adder6c **43
7This ain't Pretty6c+ *1
8The Strongbow flyer6b 6
9Rum Thieves6b+ *27
 Shipwreck Cove - East Wall 
11Stuart's Line Left Finish6c *18
12Where has Stu gone?6c+ **25
13Mutiny CrackE4 *2
14Wrecking Ball7b **49
15AttritionE5 * 
16Marine Layer7a+ ***46
17One Ton Depot7b+ ***74
18Vennerne8a ***57
19Air Show8a+ ***52
20Helvetia8b+ ***31
21Delta Dagger8a **8
 Link up's 
23Gunshow8a+ 6
24Euro Fighter8b 12
25Fata Morgana8b  
26HellDagger *8b  
 60 Degree wall 
28Cannonade8a+ **1
29Achilles' wrath8b ***6
30King George vs the Suffragettes7a+ **65
31Elvis Was a Longboarder6a+ **1
32Cocky Black Chauffage6c *1
33Cross Incontinents6c * 
34Nice Day for a Fake Wedding
5c 3
35Jack Ketch's Dance
6b * 
36Dylan's Delight
6c * 
37Blockiness6c+ ***64
38Sand Man6b *40
39Par 36c **102
40John's Route6b **57
41First Handout6a+ *87
42Hand Shandy/Make a Splash6a+ 46
 Castaway Cove 
44Top Drawer5c 29
45Bottom Drawer6b *35
46Dirty Drawers6b+ *5
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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