Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 100m a.s.l
South Wales Sandstone yet again © Mark Salter
The Gap is one of the original and best known of the sandstone climbing areas in South Wales, although nowadays others have overtaken it in popularity. Sitting high on a hill overlooking the A470 Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil road, it has a nice open aspect and plenty of routes at all grades that are well equipped. The majority of the routes are wall climbs, with the hardest featuring sustained sequences on thin edges. There are plenty of routes in the lower 6s including a few smart crack-lines.
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Visible from the A470, but hard to find. Take the 3rd exit (Ystrad Mynach) on the Abercynon-Mountain Ash roundabout, then 1st left at the next roundabout towards Quakers Yard. Just before the first set of traffic lights(pedestrian crossing) take a narrow left over the river Taff, follow the road up a hill until you pass back over the A470: turn immeadiately right along a single-track road. Lower Quarry is soon visible on the left. There is ample parking directly below the lower quarry although it is beggining to get pretty rough due to 4x4 and motocross use.
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