South East Wales Sandstone
Since the production of the 1992 guidebook to the area by the SWMC, a number of crags, in conjunction with the BMC bolting policy, have received a face-lift. This has led to many of the routes being re-bolted with more substantial anchors, acquiring lower-off stations to help provide convenience and reduce the risk of damage to plant life above many of the crags as well as received a general cleaning up either by increased traffic or by sheer hard work. Subsequently, this has increased the popularity of many of the cliffs as well as stimulating a whole host of new routes throughout the grading spectrum.
Such activity has not gone unnoticed and it has been felt necessary to update the areas information technology by a series of topo guides including the best sandstone and limestone crags: these are available as South Wales Sports Climbs.
The intentions of the topos are twofold: firstly to introduce the climbers to the cliffs harbouring many of the areas best sports routes with quick and easily-accessible information and secondly to help provide some form of remuneration, not matter how small, for the climbers who have been active in re-equipping the routes as well as providing the new routes.
Below will be found a list of the sandstone crags including with some update information and a taster with what is best about the crags. The information is not complete so please contribute to the bolt-fund by buying the topos and helping maintain a healthy environment for future gear replacement.
Abbey Buttress Coed Ely (updated 21.1.04) Cwmaman (updated 5.1.04) The Darren (updated 5.1.04) Dyfryn (updated 18.10.08) The Gap (updated 23.9.2007) Llanbradach (updated 25.5.09) Mountain Ash (updated 5.1.04) Mount Pleasant (updated 6.5.09) Sirhowy (updated 9.12.07) Tirpentwys (updated 13.5.2010) Tyle-y-Coch (updated 4.8.04)