Barmouth Slabs

Rock Climbing

Barmouth Slabs / Abermaw Slabiau | ©Si Panton

Barmouth Slabs

Rock Climbing

A lovely 20m high slab of gritstone sitting on a lofty perch above the seaside town of Barmouth. The views across the Mawddach estuary to Cadair Idris are nothing short of stunning. The easy angle and surplus of positive holds and gear placements make this a perfect crag for beginners. It can get very busy with outdoor activity groups, but even then there will usually be room to climb on the left hand slab. Most of the obvious lines are in the Diff to Severe range, but there are a few more technical challenges up to E1/2.

Up on top there are a couple more routes and some minor bouldering. The other significant crag in the area is the nearby Barmouth Quarry. This has half a dozen sport routes between F6a and F7c, plus a dozen trad routes between VS and E4; there are also a few boulder problems. There is a bird nesting restriction here – check the BMC Regional Access Database for details.


The rock is quick to dry after rain although there is the odd seepage point. The east facing aspects ensures morning sunshine and evening shade. The crag is exposed to the wind but year round climbing is possible.


From the Panorama Walk car park/layby at 625 167 follow the steep road cutting back left up the hill. Continue along it as it turns into a track and then follow the path across left to the slabs.

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The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Climbing is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in this activity should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.


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