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South Wales by Train (from Cardiff) ticklist

contributed by Rob McGurk Jun/16

This is a list, from my experience, of some of the best climbing accessible on the trainlines from Cardiff into the valleys. As a general rule the really good stuff tends to take the longest time to get to: Treherbert, for instance, is well worth the hour long train and the steep trek. Venues such as Taffs Well and Castle Quarry are underwhelming but have the advantages of being convenient and catering to beginners.
*Approach times are approximate -- they begin from the relevant station and include the train journey and the walk in: most journeys depart from Cathays but for those for Penallta and Bargoed go from Queen Street.
**The best crags in terms of both climbing and situation are: Treherbert, Navigation and the Gap. Bargoed has excellent climbing but is by no means scenic. Penallta has good trad but beware chair-wielding youths!

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1 Rob McGurk 100% 26 Jun, 2016
2 myrddinmuse 61% 6 Jun, 2020
3 Hidden 33% 14 Oct, 2020
4 Hidden 27% 9 Jun, 2020
5 Elaine Reed 22% 26 Sep, 2017
6 James Hardman 16% 26 Feb, 2018
7 Chris Redding 11% 5 Aug, 2017
8 rosatb 11% 19 Sep, 2017
9 Hidden 11% 13 Oct, 2018
10 Hidden 11% 22 Sep, 2020

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Note: Only showing summits, scrambles, winter routes, and low grade climbs

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Add Climb name Grade Ticks? Height Crag name
TOTAL APPROACH TIME: ~30 MINS OR LESS
Kiss the Gunner's Daughter 5c * 216 ? Taff's Well
Dissertation Distraction 4a 157 ? Taff's Well
Once Upon a Time 6a * 106 ? Taff's Well West
Gorki's Zygotic Mynci 6c+ * 53 ? Trehafod
TOTAL APPROACH TIME: ~30MINS - 1 HOUR
Pepperatzi 6b * 95 10m Bargoed
Groping for Jugs 6a *** 190 12m Bargoed
Alley Oop S 4a 211 ? Penallta
Bold Finger VS 5b * 24 ? Penallta
Blood, Sweat and Beers 6b ** 269 ? Navigation Quarry
Fly Me to the Moon VS * 190 ? Navigation Quarry
Weeping Stump 5b * 81 24m Mountain Ash
TOTAL APPROACH TIME: OVER AN HOUR
Final Relief of the Blue Ball Artist 5b * 23 15m Ton Pentre (Ystrad)
Galvinised 6a+ ** 60 ? Gelli
Rattle Those Tusks 6b ** 293 18m The Gap
Dirty Gerty VS 4c * 72 12m The Gap
Terry Forkwit 6b *** 73 ? Treherbert Quarrry...
Lamb Leer Disease E2 ** 25 ? Treherbert Quarrry...
Crescent Wanker 5c 24 4m Treherbert Quarrry...
2 e, 23 stars 2,162 95m 18
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