Restricted Access

Owned and managed by the BMC for climbers, there are very few issues at Bwlch y Moch. However climbers are asked to observe a few points. On no account should the fence at the top of the crag be crossed - all of the land at the crag top is privately owned, including the cliff top path and an agreement is in place with the neighbouring farmer for a permissve path along the cliff top. There is no descent either behind the crag or to the east. If choosing to abseil ensure that a sling is placed around the tree to prevent damage and that you do not cause inconvenience or a hazard to other climbers -"look before you chuck" is the motto here! None of the abseil slings or fixed belays are maintained or inspected by the BMC -so please ensure that you are satisifed with their safety and suitability before using! Camping is not allowed at the crag and there are no toilets at the site, closest public toilets are in Porthmadog itself.



Loose Block on Momentum - Reports of a large loose block on Momentum the route that has now replaced Shadrach.


Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 April to 31 May

Reason: Nesting Birds

Tawny Owls frequently nest in the hollow tree on the route Axeover. Please avoid  this routes and the slab and also please do not use the abseil descent down this slab until the end of May- for your well-being as much as for the owls. They can be very aggressive! 

Rockfax Description
A popular climb with a great second pitch. Start below the rock scar of what was Shadrach.
1) 4c, 32m. Climb up left over ledges to a scoop and groove to the right of Grim Wall. Climb the groove on the right over a steepening to a small ledge on the right. Move up again to a flake then step down left. Move up and then traverse left again to a corner. Head up this briefly to a ledge on the left.
2) 5a, 25m. Go up and slightly left past blocks to a small roof. Step left and move left round the roof to a small ledge on the left - gear further left once on the ledge. Now move back right to a flat ledge and get stood on this before heading up and right for the peg. Either make hard moves up right to the end of a small ledge, or head up from the peg to a ledge and then step across to the ledge on the right. Move right along the ledge and head up near its end to finish.
2a) The Rattlesnake Finish, E2 5c - Make technical moves direct on the headwall. © Rockfax


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User Date Notes
Tim Francis 29 May, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Quite overgrown in places?
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βeta: Quite overgrown in places?
rickeden 1 Aug, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Lead the first pitch, as I thought I was on the start of Grim Wall.
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βeta: Lead the first pitch, as I thought I was on the start of Grim Wall.

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High E1
Mid E1
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High HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
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High 5b
Mid 5b
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High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
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Style of Ascent
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Ground Up
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Route of Interest

Grade: HVS 4c ***
(Trwyn y Gorlech (Lleyn))

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