Climbs 40
Rocktype Limestone

Faces E

The Upper Tier at Benllech © ian Ll-J

Crag features

A quick drying and sheltered sports climbing venue. Anglers Zawn Upper Tier is non Tidal so can be accessed at any time, it has the best routes at Benllech. Unlike Pen Trwyn there are no 'holiday' restrictions and currently has a good selection of mid grade sports routes (F6's)close together, without having to wander all over the place! Enjoy the morning sun or take advantage of the afternoon shade depending on the time of year. A sun trap even on cold winter days... The rock is quite often pocketed so makes for some excellent climbing...all this and some great views!

All routes are currently accessible and clean, get in there quick.

Approach notes

Access from the Beach Car Park @ Benllech either along the coast or along the Coastal Path for 10 to 15 minutes.Aim to arrive 3hrs after high water.. Abseil in or scramble down a slimy step over to the left (as you look out to sea) Anglers Zawn Upper Tier is non Tidal and can be accessed either from the slimy step (Bolt + Knotted Rope) or from further along the Coastal path by dropping down a vague path and down through the Gully near the newly developed Overhanging Boulders. The upper tier can also be accessed from Hidden Wall.

 

Unfortunately I have to agree with the previous comment. Upper Angler's approach is impossibly overgrown with brambles and roses, for the first time I can remember I gave up and headed for the beach. That was after a lot of confusion finding the crag in the first place. Angler's Zawn was surrounded by water an hour before low tide so we gave that up too. The quarry is quite good though but overall a disappointing trip.
caradoc - 11/Sep/15
The place is a total bag! An hour after leaving the car park and after a certain amount of “coasteering” (the access descriptions in the North Wales Limestone guide are not exactly clear and helpful) we eventually found ourselves under Anglers Upper and that was as far as we could get as we hadn’t brought a machete or a flame thrower. The routes as far as we could see looked little frequented. We did manage to find a quicker way out (at the expense of one wet foot) but should you ever think of going to Benllech either go to the beach or go fishing!
roger whetton - 20/Jul/15
Rope now in place again on standard approach (19/10/2014). The crag is accessible at all states of the tide by the alternative approach mentioned in the new N Wales Limestone guide although this approach is very overgrown. Continue on the cliff-top path past the standard approach until a big tree is seen on the R half way down a steep earth bank with a bracken clad shelf below. If you reach a pair of seats you have gone too far. Go down past the tree to the shelf. Head R and gain a gully at the R end of the shelf (looking out). Descend the gully keeping L in the lower reaches then head R over boulders until below the crag. A rough track through the bushes leads to the foot of Sportingly Pocketed. The routes R of Cracking Sport are hard to access because of brambles which get even worse R of "Liberty, Equality...".
harold walmsley - 19/Oct/14
Upper Tier definitely not accessible at all tide states. Arrived hour after high tide still couldn't get across. Rope on the slimy step has gone too. Lower tier looks good will head back soon at low tide!
Stopsy - 01/Mar/14
We climbed here yesterday May 10th. 'The Whispers' is NOT E1, and NOT HVS either. We felt that perhaps it was a soft VS 4b or 4c. The protection is good and can always be placed from a comfortable position, and there are so many fine handholds that it hardly matters that the footholds are tiny for one move.
Andy Hemsted - 11/May/13
Tried to access this crag on 29th March 2013. It was high tide and there was no access from the bottom however it looks like at low tide you can walk to the base. Also from where we were looking we couldn't see any bolts.
lissymanners - 30/Mar/13
It's all about the Upper Tier, better quality Rock and Routes + Non Tidal!
ian Ll-J - 01/May/10
Well, the grades are all over the place,matching sunshine and the tides is unlikely,the top is covered in rubbish, beer cans, broken glass,bits of a wrecked car, etc. The lower third of the routes on the lower section are covered in barnacles because they are under water for a large part of the day and Craig Gogarth is much more accessible than Benllech. I climbed at Benllech yesterday -can't imagine going back.
zukator - 28/Apr/10
I cant understand why this place is not getting any traffic. It has really good routes and is in a stunning location. There is no better sports climbing venue on the island. Dont take my word for it. Just go there and see for yourselves.
string arms - 26/Oct/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Anglers Zawn (Tidal)
2 Carlsberg Crack VS 4c * 4
3 Trampled Underfoot E2 5b * 2
4 Candystore Rock E2 5c 1
5 Mother Ship 6b * 2
6 The Song Remains the Same 6b * 7
7 Ramble On E2 5b * 2
8 Dazed and Confused 6b 11
9 The Whispers E1 5b * 5
10 Registration Blues E2 5b * 4
11 Reflections E3 5c 5
12 Pencil Crack VS 5a * 1
13 Paper Moves HVS 5a 1
14 Carousel Ambra 5c * 7
15 Guitar Solo 6a 3
16 Vi et Armis 6b+ * 2
17 Wind of Change 6b * 2
18 Drum Solo 5c 3
  Anglers Zawn Upper Tier
20 Groundless Fears 6a * 5
21 Deep Heat 6a * 12
22 Bubble Wall 5c * 17
23 Heulwen E1 5b * 2
24 The Quiet American 6b+ ** 19
25 A Pocketful of Pockets 6b ** 21
26 Thumb War 6c * 4
27 Trench Town Rock 6b * 2
28 Dawg Gawn 6b+ *  
29 Dig Dig Dog 6b+ **  
30 Sportingly Pocketed 6b+ ** 5
31 Sporting Crack 6b ** 13
32 Cracking Sport 6b ** 26
33 A Lot Less Longer 6c  
34 Boom Boom Pow 6c **  
35 Liberty Equality Fraternity 6b+ *  
36 No Shooting! 6a * 2
37 Send Away the Tigers 6b+ **  
38 Brita HVS 5a *  
  Bouldering
40 The Bonus V6 ** 2
41 The Main Event V8 ** 2
42 Side show * f7A+ ** 3
43 Plan B * f6C * 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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