Climbs 39
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!

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) 
2Carlsberg CrackVS 4c *4
3Trampled UnderfootE2 5b *2
4Candystore RockE2 5c 1
5Mother Ship6b *2
6The Song Remains the Same6b *7
7Ramble OnE2 5b *2
8Dazed and Confused6b 11
9The WhispersE1 5b *5
10Registration BluesE2 5b *4
11ReflectionsE3 5c 5
12Pencil CrackVS 5a *1
13Paper MovesHVS 5a 1
14Carousel Ambra5c *7
15Guitar Solo6a 3
16Vi et Armis6b+ *2
17Wind of Change6b *2
18Drum Solo5c 3
 Anglers Zawn Upper Tier 
20Groundless Fears6a *5
21Deep Heat6a *11
22Bubble Wall5c *17
23HeulwenE1 5b *2
24The Quiet American6b+ **19
25A Pocketful of Pockets6b **21
26Thumb War6c *4
27Trench Town Rock6b *2
28Dawg Gawn6b+ * 
29Dig Dig Dog6b+ ** 
30Sportingly Pocketed6b+ **6
31Sporting Crack6b **13
32Cracking Sport6b **27
33A Lot Less Longer6c  
34Boom Boom Pow6c ** 
35Liberty Equality Fraternity6b+ * 
36No Shooting!6a *1
37Send Away the Tigers6b+ ** 
38BritaHVS 5a * 
40The BonusV6 **2
41The Main EventV8 **1
42Side show *f7A+ **1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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