Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 190m a.s.l
Marti Hallett on Sign of the Times (7a) Abbey Buttress © Mark Glaister
An interesting spot that is set high above the vast industrial complex of Port Talbot and the M4. Despite this, it is actually a pleasant place to climb and the restored routes are well worth a look. The cliff was guarded by huge banks of gorse for many years, but a good path has now been cut and the routes cleaned and re-equipped. A visit could easily be combined with one of the other crags in the area for an evening's climbing, or a perfect stopping off point on the way to or back, from Pembroke.
M4 junction 40: head for the steelworks. At the traffic lights turn L. Pass Old Surgery pub on R and turn L up The Incline road, opposite. At the RH bend at the top, go under the M4, up Inkerman Road. Park carefully on the side of the road leading up to the bungalows. The Grass at the top opposite the bungalows is now part of the gardens (tyre marks not appreciated)
Take path on the W (L) of the bungalow up the hillside to a track; Walk along the track RW until a new path switches up and left immediately below the crag.
|Port Talbot's answer to Millstone. The rock is as solid and the cracks as hard as gritstone.
We spent a good hour whacking a path up to the crag. Follow the path below the crag to where the quarry peters out. Follow the bushwhacked path up a rising line back towards the crag.|
DafSWMC - 12/Aug/10
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