The island of Tintagel - purportedly the site of Camelot in Arthurian legend - is a formidable sight when viewed from the mainland, but for the climber it keeps its prime cliffs well hidden. In fact the business end of the island - the 'dolomitic wall' of High Cliff - can only be viewed in full from the sea. The routes included in this guidebook are the most popular on High Cliff, however this is a relative term as even the famous Il Duce sees very few ascents each year. All of the climbs are multi-pitch adventures that, for those capable of climbing them, will not disappoint. The routes are very serious and even though only a few metres from the normally tourist-packed summit of the island, the isolation of the climbs should not be underestimated.


3 trad routes (E4...E5)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
High Cliff
Tintagel's High Cliff is an extremely intimidating crag that rises straight out of the sea, and is...
Sun and shade
Up and down

20 mins

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