Altitude 222m a.s.l
Paul Cox on the soaring crack-line of ...One For All (HS) at The Great Central Cave Area, Shorn Cliff. © Mike Hutton
Unquarried limestone, generally sound, single pitch routes, many of outstanding quality, 10-30 metres. A couple of routes are over graded but some are hard for their grade - Touch The Fire (E2 5c) is no pushover. Majority of routes HVS-E2. Descent by abseil from trees. 60m rope necessary for some routes if single-roping. Beware loose rock at cliff top.
20 Aug 22. The foot bridge from Tintern is currently closed for maintenance. The sign says it will reopen in Spring 2023. Access from that side is still possible but you would have to cross at the bridge at Brockweir, which could add quite a bit of extra distance to the walk in. 9 months. This is the council link https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/media/2116269/tintern-wireworks-bridge-refurbishment-public-share-information-boards-june-2022.pdf
17/2/2020: *** Cavers have been digging out a cave to left of Renaissance and Bubble Memory and have left debris on the path, please take care until the situation is resolved ***
Park for free at the Lower Wireworks public car park (Behind the Royal George Hotel NP16 6TQ), which is a little closer than the pay and display at Tintern Abbey, walk back to the A466 and head NW for about 50 metres turning right after the Abbey Mill down a lane that leads foot bridge over the river. Follow the level track until metal posts on the left indicate a steep path. Follow the path, taking the rightmost option at every fork to reach a forestry track after about 25 minutes walk. Turn R onto the forestry track, and carry on for about 500 metres where a sign "R4" is visible on the LHS. This access path leads to "Tigers Don't Cry" on Abbey Buttress at the L end of the crag.
For other buttresses, either (i) follow the crag path rightwards, or (ii) continue on the forestry track until a sign R3a indicates the access route to Great Central Cave Area. Beyond this R3,R2 & R1 lead to Pinnacle Wall, The White Towers & Hit and Run Buttress respectively. Note: bring head torches - you don't want to scramble down in the dark.
If you access from the Tintern Quarry parking please do not block any of the gates. These are very important to facilitated the access of emergency services in case of an emergency so it can save your own life.
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