Climbs 100
Rocktype Limestone

Faces S

CUMC silhouettes at sunset © grumpyoldjanner

Crag features

A collection of buttresses spread over some distance - the OS ref is a guide. Routes up to 45m including (in Giants Cave) The Divine Guiding Light, a huge roof traverse exiting a blowhole - soft E7? More accessible are Osiris (VS 4c) and Seth (sandbag E1 5b). Some loose rock: choose routes with care. Generally a wonderful venue; often busy.

Approach notes

Tidal in some parts, depending on the buttress.

From Rhossili car park (SS 415 881). About 20 minutes' walk.

Restricted Access

Due to late nesting sea-birds on the eastern arete area please avoid the routes "Fallout" to Gstelli" inclusive until the end of August 2016. The birds are Fulmars and can be very aggressive and will vomit foul smelling puke over climbers close to the nest it's in our best interest to avoid these routes until the birds have fledged!  The routes affected are also pretty poor!

All other routes on the butress are unaffected.


Someone needs to take this crag off the database. Its covered under fall bay butress
chris wyatt - 12/Mar/07
Have to agree with comments on the looseness of Combination - says he, nursing a broken ankle!
gbuchanan - 05/Jul/06
Great climbing on this excellent crag, but I took a fall off of Combination (VS 4b)where there was a large amount of very big and very loose rock. Standing on top of the buttress near the base, my (sober) friend said the whole thing was shifting under my weight! I either went well off route, or someone needs to look at this route and judge how safe & solid the rock is.
nickle - 18/Jul/05
A great climbing experience if you geta chance do osiris it must be one of the best routes on the crag a treverse below the overhang to finish just passed. give it a bash if your there worth while
will.s - 11/Dec/03
we got a group to ab off fall bay buttress and they loved as you can see from above and i really enjoyed watching them do we got some great snaps which i will put on. well done all for doing it
will - 11/Dec/03
We abseiled down Fall bay butress last week, it was scary but i did it and it was only my second time out. It looked higher to me cos im tiny. There was birds flying underneath us. The surfers looked like dots your a whimp if you dont do it!
terri - 16/Oct/03
Best crag on the Gower at the VS - E2 grade, no tides!
phil leng - 08/Sep/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 King Wall 
2NiordS 20
S 9
HS 4a 18
5FriggVS 4b *78
VS 4b *18
7BeowulfVS 4b 36
8Beowulf's little mistressE1 5c 2
HS 4a **212
10Trying LinesVS 4c 8
11SweynHS 4b 54
12GefionHS 4b 6
13King Route
S 130
HS 4a 40
VS 5a 35
HS 4b 32
17Cleft cornerS 4a 57
18Great Cleft
D 142
S 12
VS 4c 57
VS 5a 133
HS 29
S 4a 19
24FafnirS 4a 270
VD 171
26PyttS 44
S 4a 70
S 4a 39
VS 4b 36
30ValhallaHVS 4c 18
31Needle Crack
VS 4b **136
32Joe Says It's Cool (King Wall)E2 5c *10
S 4c 20
HD 23
35VarusM 8
36King Wall Girdle
VS 4c 3
 Lewes Castle (a.k.a. Fall Bay Butress) 
38Fall Bay Girdle
VS 4c, 4b **12
39BucketHVS 5b 1
HVS 5a 19
HVS 5b 5
42EclipseE1 5c 1
43SeketE1 5b 18
44Monkey See And Monkey Do
E4 6a *7
45Reptiles And Samurai
E4 6a *6
46Welsh Witch
E3 6a 2
47IsisHVS 5a ***370
HVS 5a *44
49RheaHVS 5a **103
50Lazy Sunday AfternoonE2 5b ***83
51Frantic Sunday Morning
E2 5c 3
52OsirisVS 4c ***601
E1 5c ***104
54Seth / Lazy Sunday Afternoon Combination
E2 5c ***14
HVS 5a *73
HVS 5a 11
57FalloutVS 4b 8
58South East Diedre
HVS 5a 19
59Continuity CornerHVS 5a 1
S 84
61GethsemaneS 4a **541
62EdenVS 4c 302
63The BottleVS 4b *238
64The Bottle (Direct Start Variant)HVS 5b 20
65Cave CracksE2 5c *7
66Cave Cracks Direct
E3 5c 6
67Age before beautyE1 5a 1
68South West Diedre
HVS 5a **213
69South West Diedre Variant
VS 4c 76
70InstigatorHVS 5a 59
71CombinationVS **75
72South East AreteE3 5c *6
73RhyddHVS 4c 3
74JT Where Is HeHVS 5a 1
 Giant's Cave 
76Flake CornerVD 6
HVS 4c 7
78Red Admiral
E3 6a *2
E2 5c 20
80ThrillerE4 6a **2
81The Divine Guiding LightE6 6b ***1
82Charlie Don't SurfE4 6a *19
83Madame ButterflyE5 6b **10
84Nick'dE2 5b *3
HS 4a 25
86EaseM 3
87Undercut AreteV2 *1
88FlakeHS 5
 Devil's truck Area 
90LytelS 48
S 4a 50
92The Nose
HS 4a *92
VS 4c 26
HS 4b 33
HVS 4c *24
96Gull Corner
VS 4b 24
97White LimeD 23
98The RazorD 13
99High ChimneyS 4a 6
100Right South WallS 4
 Obsolete Lines 
102South-East PillarHVS 5a **3
103Massive AttackVS 4b **2
104Milky Doors *HVS 5a **1
105Prickle Lip Crack *HVS 5b **1
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