Central Wales : A Guide to Climbing and Bouldering in Elenydd

Central Wales : A Guide to Climbing and Bouldering in Elenydd cover photo
Author Doug Kerr and Dave Williams
Published Steep Stone Publishers (2018)
ISBN 978-0-9955953-0-9

Review

Published 11th May 2018. Now on sale.

CENTRAL WALES -- A climber’s guide to Elenydd

Trad Climbing • Sport Climbing • Bouldering • Sea level Traversing • Winter Climbing

Between Pembrokeshire to the south and Cader Idris to the north, the upland area of Elenydd extends across parts of the counties of Ceredigion and Powys in Central Wales. Large parts of this remote, sparsely populated “Green Desert of Wales” are relatively inaccessible. This guidebook publishes, for the first time, definitive coverage of climbing and bouldering in Elenydd. The delights of the mountain crags, rocky outcrops, sea cliffs, and quarries of ‘unknown mid-Wales’ are finally revealed. Of particular note are:

* Ynys Lochtyn Trad: Now a major seacliff of excellent hard sandstone, the tally of two dozen routes detailed in Pembroke North, has increased to 100 trad climbs.

* Elan Valley Sport: Recent equipping of Craig Cwnwch has produced some worthwhile sport climbing at the original ‘forgotten mid-Wales’ trad venue.

* Pumlumon Bouldering: The Hengwmanedd Boulders, to the north of Pumlumon, offer quality bouldering in a remote wilderness setting.


Crags covered by this Guide
Carmarthenshire crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Llyn Brianne (Carmarthenshire)34SchistSW
Ceredigion crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Borth60Greywackeall
Castell Bach45Sandstone (hard)W
Clarach Bay49GreywackeW
Constitution Hill21GreywackeW
Craig y March16ShaleNE
Craig yr Eglwys41Sandstone (hard)S
Cwm Silio42Sandstone (hard)?
Cwm Tydu55Sandstone (hard)SW
Gwbert41UNKNOWNall
Lluest y Graig3Sandstone (hard)NE
Mwnt13ShaleS
New Quay31UNKNOWNN
Pen Bilis/Lochtyn58Sandstone (hard)W
Ponterwyd Quarry12SlateSW
Pumlumon Boulders71Gritstoneall
Ynys Lochtyn109Sandstone (hard)W
Powys crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Caban Coch/ Craig Gigfran18GritstoneSE
Cerrig Gwynion28QuartziteS
Craig Cnwch42ConglomerateW
Craig y Fan7Sandstone (hard)SE
Craig y Foel5ShaleSE
Creigiau Dolfolau25ShaleW