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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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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 Daughter5c *199?Taff's Well
Dissertation Distraction4a 150?Taff's Well
Once Upon a Time6a *101?Taff's Well West
Gorki's Zygotic Mynci6c+ *53?Trehafod
 TOTAL APPROACH TIME: ~30MINS - 1 HOUR
Pepperatzi6b *9110mBargoed
Groping for Jugs6a ***18312mBargoed
Alley OopS 4a 209?Penallta
Bold FingerVS 5b *24?Penallta
Blood, Sweat and Beers6b **258?Navigation Quarry
Fly Me to the MoonVS *191?Navigation Quarry
Weeping Stump5b *8124mMountain Ash
 TOTAL APPROACH TIME: OVER AN HOUR
Final Relief of the Blue Ball Artist5b *2315mTon Pentre (Ystrad)
Galvinised6a+ **58?Gelli
Rattle Those Tusks6b **28218mThe Gap
Dirty GertyVS 4c *7212mThe Gap
Terry Forkwit6b ***72?Treherbert Quarrry...
Lamb Leer DiseaseE2 **24?Treherbert Quarrry...
Crescent Wanker5c 234mTreherbert Quarrry...
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