Rock Climbing

Rhoscolyn | ©Ray Wood


Rock Climbing

These accessible and sunny sea cliffs have a range of top-class climbs. Rhoscolyn is a close cousin to the nearby adventurous cliffs of Gogarth. It shares the same rock type (quartzite), yet the atmosphere is a good deal less intimidating. This is due in part to the smaller scale of the cliffs and the ease of access, but also because of the typically positive nature of the holds. Nonetheless, the routes still require experience and a steady head to deal with the inevitable run-outs on slightly friable rock.

The blanker areas often have peg protection, although a lot of this is now old and of dubious quality. Belays at the top of some the routes can be quite difficult to find and care should be taken here.
There is an occasional nesting restriction on one section of Llawder – check the BMC regional Access Database for details.


Because the cliffs are generally south-facing and relatively sheltered it can be very hot in summer. On the other hand it is quite possible to climb here in winter on sunny days with just a t-shirt. Seepage is not a major problem; however the quartzite does become very greasy in damp/humid conditions, particularly in Fallen Block Zawn.


The cliffs can all be reached from the coastal footpath which is easily accessed from the church in Rhoscolyn. It is possible to sea-level traverse into most of the cliffs but some require an abseil approach.

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Safety & Access

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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