Altitude 50m a.s.l
Jim McCormack on the popular Contusion (6c+) Upper Pen Trwyn. © Jack Geldard
The Pen Trwyn cliffs form a near 1.5km line of high quality buttresses and sectors, perched proudly above the Marine Drive and offering fine views across Llandudno Bay and the Irish Sea. The climbing is extensive and is a mix of both traditional and sport climbing, the majority being single-pitch and the mid to higher grades.
Upper Pen Trwyn is a good place to seek out some dry climbing if the weather in the mountains is poor, although there is not much scope for climbing when it is actually raining at the crag. Climbing is possible throughout the year although in summer the sunnier sectors can become extremely hot. In winter or during cool periods, the east and north-facing sectors can be windy and/or cold. Seepage is generally not a problem.
On entering Llandudno, head for the sea front from where the curving line of cliffs of Pen Trwyn on the headland to the west are easily viewed. Upper Pen Trwyn is above the Marine Drive, a one-way road that runs around the headland. To get onto the Marine Drive, turn left along the sea front and continue around to a toll gate (fee). The Upper Pen Trwyn cliff starts around 100m on from the toll gate. From here, the cliff is fairly continuous for the next mile and it is possible to park very close to each sector, however take great care not to block the road.
The 2nd pitches of Touchstone and Confuse the Aardvark are both banned for public safety reasons.
Dates: 1 March to 31 July
Reason: Nesting Birds
Birds (Kestrels) occasionally nest in the hole on the route "Norman's Wisdom" and it would be wise to avoid that route and the routes immediately either side of it from 1st March to 31st July.
|Needs a few more access notes surely?! ie
Due to the increased number of visitors who are likley to be exposed to falling rock, climbing during bank holidayy weekends and during the period July 15th to Septemebr 8th is restricted until after 6pm in the evenings. The Mumbo-Jumbo and Parisellas Cave areas are not affected by these restrictions.
And: Due to suspect rock and the proximity of the public road, climbing is only permitted on routes which are between the green painted marker posts and have fixed lower-offs. Routes and areas of cliff between the red painted posts are banned due to instable rock and the risk of falling rock injuring passers-by. All routes finish at BMC installed and maintained lower-offs - and on no account should climbers continue beyond these to the top of the crag due to the increased risk of falling rock and to protect rare and protected plant species.
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Bulls Crack - 28/Apr/13
|Here in lies the topo
Andrew.Davies - 23/Feb/10
|A good venue when (typically) raining in the hills. A good venue for the aspiring E1 leader, with several soft touches at the grade.|
Owen W-G - 05/Sep/08
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