Climbs 135
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 12m a.s.l
Faces NW

Rhi climbing in the beautiful Gower Sunshine © Matthew Edwards

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.

online WIKI
http://www.southwalesmountaineering.org.uk/wiki/Rhossili_Sea_Level

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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Guidebooks

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
2 Thieving Little Parasites 6a * 30
3 Wittle Thieving Lankers 4c * 53
4 Fats Waller 6c+ ** 31
5 The Route with Two Pockets 7b * 4
6 Black Adder 6c ** 55
7 This ain't Pretty 6c+ * 1
8 The Strongbow flyer 6b 7
9 Rum Thieves 6b+ * 27
  Shipwreck Cove - East Wall
11 Stuart's Line Left Finish 6c * 24
12 Where has Stu gone? 6c+ ** 39
13 Mutiny Crack E4 * 2
14 Wrecking Ball 7b ** 59
15 Attrition E5 *  
16 Marine Layer 7a+ *** 53
17 One Ton Depot 7b+ *** 86
18 Vennerne 8a *** 65
19 Air Show 8a+ *** 57
20 Helvetia 8b+ *** 33
21 Delta Dagger 8a ** 8
  Link up's
23 Gunshow 8a+ 8
24 Euro Fighter 8b 16
25 Fata Morgana 8b  
26 HellDagger * 8b  
  60 Degree wall
28 Cannonade 8a+ ** 1
29 Achilles' wrath 8b *** 6
30 King George vs the Suffragettes 7a+ ** 75
31 Elvis Was a Longboarder 6a+ ** 1
32 Cocky Black Chauffage 6c * 1
33 Cross Incontinents 6c * 1
34 Nice Day for a Fake Wedding
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5c 3
35 Jack Ketch's Dance
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6b *  
36 Dylan's Delight
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6c *  
37 Blockiness 6c+ *** 72
38 Sand Man 6b * 45
39 Par 3 6c ** 126
40 John's Route 6b ** 77
41 First Handout 6a+ * 111
42 Hand Shandy/Make a Splash 6a+ 53
43 Hector Protector right hand start * 8a+ ** 1
44 Hector Protector * 8b *** 1
  Castaway Cove
46 Top Drawer 5c 54
47 Bottom Drawer 6b * 53
48 Dirty Drawers 6b+ * 8
49 Sticky Tissue Issue 7a+  
50 La Doux Parfum de la Lingerie Utilisé 6c * 9
51 Secret Drawers 5b 1
52 Cast Me Away 6c * 4
53 Grazed and Transfused 6a+ * 19
54 Dry Blood Beast 6a * 78
55 The Clot Thickens 6a+ ** 40
56 Cracker Barrel 6b+ 16
57 Catching Fire 6c+ 4
58 Cinders Catch 6a * 68
59 Dirty Innuendo 5c 49
60 Geez Louise 5c * 83
61 Mini the Minx 5a 37
  Seamen Wall
63 Bored of Toad Hall 6a 9
64 The King's Shilling 6b * 4
65 Captain Jacque Hoff 6b+ * 6
66 Concrete Cows 6a 3
67 Smeaton's Stump 5c 6
68 Good Ship Venus 5c 2
69 Lamisil 6a * 3
70 Zeuwit 6b * 1
71 Atraumen 5b 1
72 El cino 4b 4
73 Frappacino 4b 6
74 Pure Cino 4b * 12
75 Giraffacino 5c  
76 Elephantacino 6a  
77 Catapult 4b * 9
78 Schengen 4b * 8
79 Border Control 4b * 7
80 Checkpoint Checkout 5b * 7
81 Ma Maid's Mermaid 5b * 9
82 Andre Marriner 5b  
83 Marinieri 6a+  
84 Black Sea Shanty 5a 3
85 Sea Shanty Rib 4b 4
86 Seaman's Sea Shanty 5a  
87 Seaman in the Groove 5b * 6
88 Them's Be Barnacles, Them's Be 6a *  
89 No Tar 5a *  
90 Operation Seaman 5a  
91 Me Harty's 4b * 5
92 Seaman Limbo 6a * 3
93 Kickback Tar 4b  
94 Barnacle Bill 6a * 4
95 Whispering Whelks 4a * 10
96 Pump My Bilge 6a * 5
97 All Hands on the Sea Cocks 3 7
  Mermaid Wall
99 Crass Word Pizzle 4a 21
100 Landlubber 4a 27
101 The Naughty Corner 4a 22
102 Ursula 4a 25
103 Ceasg 4a 26
104 Turtle Apocalypse 4a 37
105 No Father Day 5c * 26
106 Lara 5a * 47
107 Scurvy Dog 5c ** 32
108 Crimp Paddle 6b+ ** 21
109 Paternal Love 6b * 22
110 Bye Dad 6b+ ** 31
111 Filial Duty 5c * 39
112 Fought To The End 5c * 7
113 This Vicar's Tea Party 6b+ * 2
114 Stingray 6c * 9
115 Lemon Soul 6a *** 108
116 A Mermaid's Tale 5b ** 18
117 Dawson's Corner 5a *** 59
118 Dawsons Creek 5b ** 16
119 Fistful of Tenners 4c *** 119
120 Under the Mattress 6a+ ** 36
121 Cash in the Attic 5b ** 32
122 Holds May Spin 5b ** 39
123 Probate Pending 3+ 40
124 Pysgodwibblywobbly 5a 33
125 Names from Roger's Profanisorous 5b 18
126 Al Perchino 4b 19
127 Scuttle 4b 20
128 The Trevena Fish Hotel 4b * 24
129 Scarfish 5c 14
130 The Naughty Step 6a+ * 11
131 The Naughty Step Direct Start 6b 1
132 A Mermaid's Footwork 6b * 7
133 Mermaid Right 6b * 1
134 Flounder 6b * 14
135 Somewhere in her Smile She Knows 6b+ * 18
136 Besetting Fears 6a * 24
137 Horse Flavoured Shadows 5c * 12
138 Triton Left 5b 14
139 Triton Right 5b 8
140 Naturally Bolted HVD 2
141 Flounder Right into Her Smile * 6b 1
142 Bootneck * 7c **  
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