Climbs 37
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 232m a.s.l
Faces S

Mark Glaister is on the start of A Clear Head and a Blow Lamp (6c) at Cwmaman © Mark Glaister

Crag features

Cwmaman is a former coal mining pit village near Aberdare, South Wales. The name Cwmaman is Welsh for "Aman Valley" (the River Aman being the main river flowing through the village). The town is probably more well known for giving birth to the band called The Stereophonics in 1992.

Cwmaman Main is a three-star inland sandstone quarry. Some seepage on the (steep) S facing wall, but good rock and protection. There are also N facing slabs - best in summer. A good mix of grades, though the starred ones are 7a and above, up to 23m.

Approach notes

From the A4059 Mountain Ash to Aberdare road take the Cwmaman (Aberaman) turn off and follow this road to a T-Junction. Turn left and follow this road to The Shepard


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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Some good climbing here, but the crag is suffering from neglect. Seepage could be a problem on some of the harder routes
Paul Robertson - 22/Jul/16
Alys Rook had a big loose block in it which has now been removed along with the 3rd bolt that was in it. At presnt there is now a run-out from 2nd - 4th but there should be a peg/ bolt going in, in the next few weeks.
Ollie B - 17/Mar/11
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Cwmaman Main
2 Rab/The Numbers Game 7a * 2
3 30' is the new 20' 6c 7
4 Good Tradition 6b 28
5 A Clear Head And A Blow Lamp 6c * 27
6 A Clear Conscience And A Blow Job 6c+ ** 3
7 Maybe tomorrow 7b ** 2
8 Mother of Pearl 7a+ *** 9
9 Two For Tuesday 6c+ 11
10 The World Is My Lobster 6c+ * 8
11 Propaganda 7a+ *** 19
12 Science Friction 7a+ ** 2
13 La Rage 7b ** 4
14 Innunendo 7b * 3
Climb name Grade
15 Looking for Leather 5b * 23
16 Instead Of This 5c 20
17 Circus Clowns 6a 27
18 Zoo Time 5c * 24
19 Crack Line Man VS 4c 1
20 Cilly Arete 6a 9
21 Sam Sparrow 5c 10
22 Alys Rook 5b 14
23 Alys Rook Direct 6c 2
24 Hot Beef Injection 6c * 3
25 Spam Javelin 5b 5
26 Neo Maxie Zoom Weanie 6b+ 5
27 Pork Sword 6b 38
28 Turkey Twizzler 6a+ 17
Climb name Grade
29 Anniversary Walk 5c * 41
30 The forgotten route 5c 12
31 Hey Mister 6a * 34
32 Buff The Happy Lamp 6b * 24
33 Yank Plank 6a * 34
34 Evil Ways 6a 28
  Cwmaman West
36 Cwm To Papa HVS 4b 3
37 Cwm To Mamma E1 5c 2
38 Cwm Mammon E2 6a 1
40 Buff The Happy Yank's Plank 6a * 2

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