Cornwall

There is a lot of climbing in Cornwall ranging from the superb granite of West Penwith, to the inland quarry of Chudleigh.
This database contains the routes in the West Country Climbs Rockfax.

Routes

314 trad routes (M...E9)
6 sport routes (6c...7c+)
25 dws routes (4a...7b+)
50 of the Best Routes top50
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents


Crag (click for details) No. of Routes Grade Range Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Lower Sharpnose
Lower Sharpnose has some of the best single pitch sea cliff climbs in Britain....
36
_--^
Trad
Lots of sun!
Downhill

20 mins

Tidal
Compass Point
The overlapping, high-angled slabs that dominate the jutting prow of Compass...
6
---_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

10 mins

Tidal
Cheesewring Quarry
Carved out of the compact granite of Bodmin Moor, Cheesewring Quarry has for...
18
----
Trad and Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

13 mins

Sheltered
The Devil's Jump
A tall isolated buttress of good quality granite set in an idyllic wooded...
1
-___
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

15 mins

Sheltered
Roche Rock
Roche Rock has a long standing folklore attached to it and was among the first...
9
----
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

2 mins

 
Tintagel
The island of Tintagel - purportedly the site of Camelot in Arthurian legend -...
3
___-
Trad
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

20 mins

Restricted Access
Doyden Point
Doyden Point is a friendly cliff that enjoys a sunny outlook and has a choice...
4
_---
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

10 mins

Abseil
Pentire Head
Pentire Head's Great Wall is without a shadow of a doubt one of the UK's finest...
5
___-
Trad
Evening sun
Up and Down

15 mins

 
Carn Gowla
The massive cliffs that fringe the bleak St Agnes Head south of the tranquil...
14
----
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

5 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Zennor
Zennor Crag is a small but useful crag being located well above the sea away...
2
_-__
Trad
Lots of sun!
Level

12 mins

 
Gurnard's Head
A superbly-located zawn of vertigo-inducing steepness, whose black walls plunge...
6
_---
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

15 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Carn Gloose
The dark greenstone headlands of Carn Gloose and Robin's Rocks have some...
1
__-_
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

20 mins

Abseil
Robin's Rocks
A compact, isolated buttress that has bags of atmosphere. The approach and...
1
_-__
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

25 mins

Abseil
Bosigran
Bosigran is where many climbers get their first taste of Cornish granite and is...
42
^^^-
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

12 mins

 
Kenidjack
Kenidjack's Main Cliff is an impressive sweep of killas slate that glows a...
6
_--_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Abseil
Sheltered
Sennen
The squat, blunt nose of black and golden granite that protects the village of...
34
-^--
Trad
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

12 mins

 
Lands End
Although only a stone's throw from the bustling tourist attractions that cap...
12
----
Trad
Afternoon sun
Downhill

5 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Pordenack Point
Pordenack Point is a convenient and tranquil series of buttresses that hosts a...
10
----
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

15 mins

Tidal
Carn Les Boel
Carn Les Boel and Zawn Kellys are remote cliffs that are often unoccupied. The...
4
_-_-
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

25 mins

Abseil
Zawn Kellys
A splendid cliff that can be easily combined with climbing at the nearby Carn...
1
__-_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

20 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Carn Barra
Carn Barra has a sunny aspect, high quality rock, classy climbs, easy access...
24
----
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

20 mins

Tidal
Fox Promontory
Fox Promontory is composed of excellent vertical granite and, although tidal...
7
_-__
Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

10 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Chair Ladder
Chair Ladder is one of the UK's premier destinations for multi-pitch sea-cliff...
17
---_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

12 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Porthgwarra
Close to the charming fishing cove of Porthgwarra and the perfectly...
5
--__
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Tidal
Vessacks West
A small but delightfully-located cliff that has a couple of very interesting...
2
_--_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Tidal
St. Levan's Wall
A short, tough wall of excellent rock that is very close to a magnificent...
4
-_-_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

12 mins

Tidal
Cribba Head
The intimidating aretes, rounded cracks and deep corners found here are some of...
9
_---
Trad
Lots of sun!
Level

15 mins

 
St. Loy
Remote and beautifully positioned well above the sea, the main face of St. Loy...
3
__--
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

40 mins

Sheltered
Tater Du
An underrated cliff that proves to be an extensive and fairly intimidating...
2
_-__
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

30 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Trewavas Head
Trewavas Head is a small, granite crag that has a number of popular climbs, set...
7
---_
Trad
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

20 mins

Sheltered
Coastguard Cliff
An extensive buttress with one relatively popular route that wends its way...
7
_--_
Trad
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

10 mins

 
Pen Olver
A delightful area that has a good collection of routes spanning a broad grade...
14
----
Trad
Lots of sun!
Level

15 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Bass Point
An enticing wall that juts out into the sea and provides the Lizard with its...
4
_---
Trad
Afternoon sun
Level

15 mins

Abseil
Tidal
The Lizard DWS
The Lizard, mainland Britain's most southerly point, is renowned for its warm...
7
---_
DWS
Lots of sun!
Downhill

10 mins

Tidal
Nare Head DWS
The deep water soloing of Cornwall's isolated Nare Head was discovered in July...
18
--^-
DWS
Morning sun
Downhill

10 mins

Tidal
  • Latest Comments

    For Cornwall

    Caravanserai (Compass Point)
    "The route no longer exists. An attempt to climb the remains of the corner result..." 14/Sep

    Terrier's Tooth (Chair Ladder)
    "Does anyone know more about the damage to pitch 1 in last winters storms? see w..." 07/Sep top50

    Mastodon (Gurnard's Head)
    "One of the UK's greatest wall climbs. Absolutely superb from start to finish. Do..." 03/Aug

    Beaker Route (Bosigran)
    "Seriously run out second pitch with real ground fall potential. The only runners..." 20/May

    Overhanging Corner (Sennen)
    "Plain bloody awkwardness at the top of the slab !" 22/Apr

    Break On Through (Lower Sharpnose)
    "Beautiful route of the very highest quality. Miles off E4, the holds are mas..." 20/Apr top50

    Wraith (Lower Sharpnose)
    "great route but another soft tick, more like E3 than E5" 27/Feb top50

    Desolation Row (Bosigran)
    "Outstanding and steady climbing, reasonably protected with small cams etc but t..." 19/Jul top50

    Last Laugh (Lower Sharpnose)
    "Felt a bit bold after the (tough) crux move" 29/Oct top50

    Diocese (Chair Ladder)
    "Its the first pitch that takes some working out! Especially if the sea's a bit '..." 10/Sep

    Crimtyphon (Compass Point)
    "Low in the grade for E2 & probably 5b" 07/Sep top50

    Right Angle (Gurnard's Head)
    "Not a very useful description of where to start - there are ledges everywhere, b..." 04/Sep

    Bow Wall (Bosigran)
    "Fantastic route and having done it many times now I am confident that 'the move'..." 24/Jul top50

    The Devonian (Lower Sharpnose)
    "Fingery & hard low down, technical & balancey & fingery high up. Top..." 04/Jul

    Rosebud in June (Zennor)
    "Protection at the start is actually quite good. Excellent climbing, much cleane..." 16/Jun

    Ochre Slab Route l (Bosigran)
    "VS 4c - with the crux being pitch 1. Pitch 2 is straight forward, well protected..." 06/May top50

    Journey to Ixtlan (Carn Gowla)
    "I couldn't find the stake belay - I spent so long wandering around the slope loo..." 04/May

    Fourteen Fathoms (Carn Barra)
    "Straight forward until the final wall" 03/May

    West Face Direct (Chair Ladder)
    "First pitch is tough and the second no push over." 05/Mar

    Excelsior (Chair Ladder)
    "Didn't find it that bold good cam placements. found lower crack pitch harder th..." 29/Sep

    Excelsior (Chair Ladder)
    "There aren't really any 5b moves on top pitch but it is bold. A bit disjointed b..." 02/Sep

    Geireagle II (Carn Barra)
    "felt a fair bit harder than stone boom, in particular exiting the groove to gain..." 02/Sep

    Siren's Cry (Pentire Head)
    "One of the pegs on the crux section is a stainless steel one so should be in goo..." 21/Aug

    Little Brown Jug (Bosigran)
    "Just perfect. Beautiful climbing. Giving this final pitch of this the same grade..." 21/Aug top50

    Eroica (Pentire Head)
    "Or if keen to do it in two pitches, you can belay just below the "wild unde..." 18/Aug

    Journey to Ixtlan (Carn Gowla)
    "How long has the stake belay been there? I had to resort to a very unconventiona..." 09/Jul

    Ochre Slab Route l (Bosigran)
    "Im sure this was VS when I did it 5 years ago, and Im sure Zig-zag, Anvil Chorus..." 09/Jul top50

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