Climbs 249
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 30m a.s.l
Faces S

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A stunning day in Gower © r_o_b_h2

Crag features

A collection of crags lying high above the sea midway between Thurba Head and Paviland. Not popular enough to have got all the loose rock off - take care. Routes up to 45m.

Approach notes

Approach from Pitton to Thurba Head: from there, take the cliff E for 15min past a wall and stile to an obvious valley leading to the sea - Ram Grove. (40 mins) The Three Sisters are E. Deborahs Overhang is 185m E of the third. Alternatively, from Pilton Green car park (see Paviland) take footpaths over fields: after reaching the stile at the head of the valley, take the first stile in the wall on the R. At the clifftop, follow the path past a stone wall down one, then two valleys. At the second valley mouth is a shattered pinnacle on the R (W): Deborahs Overhang is below this. The comments about dodgy bolts are wrong.

The quickest approach to all areas is to park at Mewslade farm then walk 15 min  L (east) through the farm yard and across fields to Ramsgrove where a low path leads to the other Sisters.

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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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Went to Third Sister and was pleasantly surprised. Good routes for those climbing in the 6s on good rock with very generous bolting. Well worth a visit.
Owen W-G - 02/Sep/13
Visited at the weekend for the first time in 10 years, and was slightly shocked at how overgrown it's become. Does anyone climb here these days, or is everyone too busy clipping bolts?
Simon Caldwell - 28/Aug/13
Debs zawn - Great sport venue.
mikeshewring - 06/Jun/11
This crag has a lot to offer, not least its sheltered location. If the wind is northerly at all, or due west you can escape the breeze and enjoy sunshine from early/mid morning. A little sun trap! The VS routes are all good, and probably better than their star rating suggests. Although the rock at the easier end of the crag looks at first glance to have potential for looseness, this is largely illusory and the routes are well furnished with holds and gear. Be careful with belays at the top - many of the cracks which have been used are between loose/suspect blocks. What is also illusory is the apparently slab-like nature of the crag. When you get on the routes they are much steeper than they look from below.
Rog Wilko - 06/Apr/10
I did a topo of this cliff a few years ago. It is online at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/adrian99/paviland_topo/index.htm
Adrian Jones - 07/Dec/05
A gem of a crag which looks absolutely magnificent upon first acquaintance. Unfortunately its triangular appearance is not due to the perspective effect of looking up at it from the bottom, and all the routes tend to converge a little towards the top. Nonetheless it is an awesome crag and worth several visits for the mid-grade climber. Assassin is one of the best HVSs in the region and a benchmark for the grade, and the Jackal Finish is worth more than its single star. The old pegs are now all completely useless; this does not affect the Junction stance as there is plenty of natural protection, however the E4 that tkaes the main challenge of the roof is almost certainly undergraded as it relies on one of these rust-buckets for protection, and a crucial undercling looks like it may snap off at any moment. Beware that the rock around the area of the overlaps is not frequently visited and thus is dusty, licheny and loose in places.
Alun - 05/Dec/05
Hay ive found a new route on this crag u start in the big cave at the base of sherlob then climb the wall on the right and basicall follow the light ehn u come out onto a ledge and go straight up here to the top ive graded this about HS 4c but will people try the route and tell me what they think of the grade i gave it but just a little tip wear a helmet get back to me guys my email is welshlad16@hotmail.com cheers and happy climbing
will.s - 30/Apr/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Saddam's Wall
2 Chemical Ali 4c 6
3 Barzan Lost His Head 6a * 13
4 Wam Bang Thank You Saddam E4 6a *  
5 A Fragile Peace E3 5c **  
6 Al-Tikrit 6b+ *** 8
7 Sunni Daze 6b ** 8
8 Comical Ali E1 5a ** 6
  Rams Grove Crag
10 Standing Guard HVS 5a  
11 Windworn E5 6a  
12 Snowstorm E3 5c  
13 Sundrench E4 6a  
14 The Ram of Radyr E4 6b  
15 Taste of Tradition E4 6a  
16 Beth E2 5b  
17 Where East Meets West E4 6a  
18 Malaysian Lust E5 6b *  
19 Insatiable Appetite E1 5b  
20 Don't Tell Anne E3 6a  
21 Honey E1 5b  
22 August Mank Holiday E1 5b  
23 Sugar E1 5b  
24 50 Franc Menu VS 4c  
25 Entre VS 4c  
26 Appetizer S  
  Rams Grove Seaward Crag
28 Phelan Man
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6b * 2
29 Grainger Man
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6a+ * 3
30 The Peacock Guys
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6b 2
31 Mano a Mano
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6c * 3
32 Man Up
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6a+ 2
33 Man Down
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6b * 2
34 Oh Man
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6c+ ** 3
35 Play The Pink Oboe 6a * 4
36 Ram Raiders
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6b * 8
37 Ram Bam Thank Ewe Lamb
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6a 6
38 Blowing The Horn
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6a+ * 4
  First Sister
40 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy E5 6a *  
41 Sister of Mercy E4 6a *  
42 Paparazzi Blues E6 6b *  
43 The Angst of Anti-Fashion E5 6b *  
44 South East Wall E1 5b  
45 Solitary Brother E3 6b  
  Second Sister
47 Barney Rubble VD  
48 Finnmark E2 5b  
49 South Wall Variation VS 4c * 4
50 South Wall VS 4c  
51 Arrow HVS 5a 1
52 Topless Admirers HVS 5a 1
53 Sister Sledge E1 5a  
54 Sister Bliss E5 6b  
55 Bloodbond E1 5b  
56 Sleuth E3 5c  
  Sister 2.5
58 Eat My shorts
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5b 12
59 Rikes Raggy
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6a 12
60 Howdy Partner
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6a+ * 14
61 They Killed Kenny
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6a+ 11
62 Suffering Succotash 6b+ * 6
63 Ridiculous is the Burden of Genius
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6b+ * 10
64 The Wettest April Since Records Began
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E3 5c  
65 What's Up Doc 6c 5
66 Ay, Caramba 6c+ * 2
67 Sisterly Luv
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E5 6a  
68 The Beverly Sisters
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E3 5c  
69 Heavens to Murgatroyd 6c+ * 3
70 It Stinks
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6c * 6
71 In Between Sisters
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E4 6a  
72 It's Hero Time
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6a 10
73 Pot Boiler 4b 3
74 Bodice Ripper 5c 3
75 Hot off the Press * 5b 2
76 Seeing Beyond the Drill Direct * S 1
77 Page Turner * 5a 1
78 Schmills and Boon * 6b 1
  Third Sister
80 Gemini Spunk Wizard And His Sexually Active Teapot
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Project  
81 Harriet Harman & The Lehman Sisters
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6c+ 4
82 Sexploration E4 5c  
83 Do Be Doo
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E3 6a * 1
84 Chilean Flame Thrower 7b+ ** 2
85 Fire in their Eyes E6 6b *  
86 Flaming Fingers E5 6b * 1
87 World In Action 7b+ ** 9
88 Popped In, Souled Out 7b ** 16
89 Chilean Flame Flower E6 6c 1
90 Leftism 7a+ ** 9
Climb name Grade
91 French Undressing 7a * 44
92 Twlight World 6c *** 90
93 Southeast Wall 6a+ *** 127
94 Fiesta 6b ** 101
95 Bob's Your Uncle E3 6a 14
96 Fanny's Your Aunt 6a * 18
97 Ten Bears
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HVS 4c  
98 Sister Mary's Blessed Finger 6a ** 120
99 The Enema Affair 5c * 90
100 Bored of Clipping Bolts VS 4b 1
101 Ramp It Up 5a 5
102 Groovy Baby * 5a * 4
103 Touching The Rusty Ring * 5b 9
104 16 Kn working load * 6a 1
105 Teenage rampage * 6a 4
106 Ballroom blitz * 5c 3
107 Ugly lovely climb * 5b 5
108 Amblimance * 5b 4
109 Two nans and a grandpa * 6a+ * 6
110 Peruvian marching powder * 5a 4
111 Foam Under Sister 5b 5
112 Pleiades * 5a 7
113 Blockbuster * 6c * 2
114 The Haworth Lassies * 6a+ 2
115 The Daughters of Lear * 6c ** 1
116 Las Mariposas * 6b * 3
117 Prim * 6a 1
  Deborah's Zawn
119 Debbie Likes It Wet 6a+ 6
120 Charlie Barking 7a * 9
121 Silent Echo E1 * 4
122 Silent Echo Direct Start E2 5b * 4
123 Prison Bitch 7b ** 5
124 Debbie Reynolds 7a ** 19
125 Happy Valley 7a * 3
126 Valley Uprising 6c+ * 16
127 Bolder Boulder 7a ** 22
128 Under Arrest 7c+ ** 4
129 Wide Eyed and Legless 7b+ *** 8
130 Resisting Arrest 7b+ *** 7
131 Department of Correction 7b+ *** 15
132 Deputy Dawg 7b+ ** 1
133 Support Your Local Sheriff 7b+ ** 6
134 Line of Duty 7c * 1
135 Underdog 8a ** 1
136 Dog Days are Over 8a+ *** 1
137 The Salubrious Passage E5 6a ** 1
  The Tooth Fairy
139 Dentist's Chair E3 5c  
140 Open Wide Please E5 6a  
141 Gnasher E5 6a  
142 E By Gum E5 6a *  
143 Scurvy E3 5c  
  Deborah's Overhang
145 State of Grace E4 6a *  
146 Debauching Deborah 6c 3
147 Deborah 6c+ 1
148 Hydraulic Lunch 7c+ ** 1
149 Three Minute Hero 7a+ * 1
150 Ground Control E4 6b  
151 Down Under Deborah 7a * 1
152 Going Down on Deborah 6c * 4
153 New Zawn 6a+ 1
154 Voyage of the Zawn Treader 5b 1
  The Knave
156 Beyond the Swell E1 5b 2
157 Between Two Storms E1 5b 1
158 Not That Condor Moment VS 4c  
159 Knave's Slab S  
160 Nothing Is Forever E3 5c  
161 Jack O' Diamonds E3 5c *  
  Deborah's Bouldering
163 Sean's Start V7 ** 2
164 Dirty Deborah f7A *** 3
165 Power Pop f7B *** 2
166 Dick Barton V8+ ** 1
167 Deborah's Traverse f7B *** 3
  Seaspit Small Cove
169 Kithara E3 6a  
170 Ne Pas Equipe E4 6a  
171 Staple Riot E3 6a  
172 Spit Grafitti E2 5c  
  Stallion Cove (Paviland Wild West)
174 Le Sewage Pudding E1 5a  
175 Raspberry Nipple VS 5a  
176 Outside Leg
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VD  
177 Last Over Before Tea
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VD  
178 Chill Air S  
179 Meg's Route VS 4b  
180 Rachel's Route VS 4b  
Climb name Grade
181 Line of Totality E3 5c *  
182 Unnamed E3 5c  
183 Parenting Orders and Bribery VD  
184 Ron The Common Man VD **  
185 Unnamed E1 5b  
186 Machine Gun Kelly E5 6b *  
187 Devolution E6 6b **  
188 Colt 45 E2 5c *  
189 Marco Golo E2 5b * 1
190 Marco Golo Direct E3 6b 1
191 Moacs Are Extinct HVS 5a * 1
192 Dinosaurs Don't Clip HS 4b *  
193 Flaming June!? E2 5b  
194 Winter Looms So Soon E2 5b  
  Paviland Far Far Far West
196 The Time Directive VS 4c 1
197 On The Job HVS 4c * 1
198 Spank Your Secretary VS 4c 1
  Free Lunchers Warm-up Zawn
200 Dai's Route 5c * 18
201 One for the Trads HVS 5a 1
202 Cold Inconvenience 6b ** 25
203 Hung Over 6a+ **** 52
204 Threadbare 6b ** 26
205 Nematode 6b+ ** 20
206 Rock Bottom 6b+ ** 9
207 Chock a Block 6b ** 14
208 Open Project Project  
209 Off The Peg 6b+ *** 30
210 Scarface 6b * 21
211 Hot Flush 6b ** 37
212 Stonewall 6b+ * 18
213 Ledger 6b * 14
  Zulu Zawn
215 Zulu Wall 8a *** 6
216 Ultimatum 7c *** 9
217 Gunfire Hill E1 5b  
218 Voortrekker E5 6a  
219 Rorke's Drift E1 5b  
220 Smuts VS 4c  
  Paviland
222 Balrog
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HS 4b 4
223 Armageddon
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HVS 5a 11
224 Gimli
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VS 4c * 22
225 Gimli Direct
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E1 5b 2
226 Black Widow HVS 5a 2
227 Middle Earth
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VS 4c 21
228 Middle Earth Direct
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VS 4c 7
229 Liang Shan Po
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E1 5b * 37
230 The Ring
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HS 4b ** 120
231 East Gully Groove HVS 5a ** 55
232 Shelob HS 4b * 125
233 Polly's Route
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VD 14
234 Babylon
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HVS 5a 36
235 Half Dome
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E2 5c ** 21
236 The Cure
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E4 6b 1
237 Talons E2 6a 2
238 Fellowship of the Ring
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E1 5c 6
239 Mouse House E2 5c 1
240 Ferret HVS 5a 1
241 Shrew HVS 5a 1
242 Rat E3 6a 1
243 Ice Age E3 5c  
244 Down Under E5 6a *  
245 Squeeze Please VS 4c  
  Liberty Zawn
247 Metal Fatigue E3 6a * 1
248 Liberty E2 5c ** 1
249 Simple Minds VS 4c 1
250 Yanks
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E4 6c 1
  Juniper Wall
252 Overkill HVS 4c 8
253 Killer's Route E2 5b * 25
254 The Jackal Finish E2 5c * 18
255 Haaivinnensoep E4 6a 1
256 Barracuda E5 6a * 3
257 Assassin HVS 5a *** 269
258 Perch E1 5b 51
259 Trevor, The Pint and The Pram / aka Hitman HVS 4c 48
260 Rattle and Hum VS 4c 13
261 Task Force VS 4c 86
262 Ninja VS 4b * 152
263 Hair Raiser HVS 5a * 36
264 On The Horizon VS 4b * 115
265 On The Horizon Direct VS 4c * 23
266 Socialist Worker VS 4c * 65
267 Dry Riser HVS 4c ** 35
268 Test Block * 4b 1
269 Final Draft *
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5a 2
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