Rockfax Description
A majestic pitch of flawless quality. Take lots of wires. Start beneath the disjointed crack-system on the left side of the slab.
Move up to the widening of the crack at the overlap. Just above the overlap, make a long step left into another good crack. Follow this, and where it fades, move right to a thin crack and follow this to the top. Sustained. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
A truely fine pitch following the thin crackline towards the left side of the face. Boldly climb upto the biggest crack at the slim overlap and make a move left to another good finger crack. Follow the crack and thinner continuation to the top. A major foot pump-out!
The face is tidal.

Ticklists: Victim Of Mathematics' Ticklist of Extreme Justice, Old Skool YUMC Roadtrip, Classic Rock Climbs of Great Britain by Bill Birkett, Very good routes in the UK, Best slab climbs of the UK, West Country Climbs, Rockfax West Country top 50, CLIMB Mag's Top 100 routes in Britain, Ultimate E2 ticklist, UK Lonely Leads, Alex's Cornwall and Devon ticklist.

Hidden 11/Oct Lead O/S
Mark Kemball 02/Sep 2nd
with Mike Thorpe
mattnuttall 15/Aug Lead O/S


Hidden 01/Aug Lead
jonleighton 30/Jun Lead O/S

Stressful lead with the tide coming in

eddy-on-the-rocks 26/Jun Lead O/S

Climbed as the sun was setting. Max got wet retrieving the bags. Beautiful continuous route on an lovely bit of rock.

with max
Hidden 07/Jun 2nd
Hidden 06/Jun Lead O/S
tash 06/Jun Lead
with ali k
ferdia 09/May 2nd
with Andy
Andy Moles 09/May Lead O/S
with Ferdia
bigbear86 ?/May TR
LJC 21/Apr Lead O/S
ben.richards 21/Apr 2nd O/S
dready 22/Mar Lead O/S

just amazing sustained harder than other e2,s ive done as there,s little rest, but no hard moves as such, murder on the feet. Quality get on it.

ollie_e 22/Mar Lead O/S

Led after Jamaican Dub. Felt pretty tough at the top, toes were screaming.

whiteexplorer 22/Mar 2nd O/S

Really enjoyed this route,right at my limit.If it had been 1mm longer I probably wouldn't have made it.

with joe
red_rhodesha 22/Mar 2nd
darcan 21/Mar Lead O/S
with nick
nickstephens 21/Mar 2nd O/S
with Darcan
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden 31/Oct/14 2nd rpt
Hidden ?/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Sep/14 2nd O/S
timdi 27/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Sep/14 2nd
Hidden 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S
R2B 30/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Really good.

with Climb
Stuart Johnston 24/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Fantastic. The top felt bold,

adam 24 24/Aug/14 Lead dog

Led the first 2/3 of the route then came down. Calves were exhausted and I'm a bit out of shape. Fantastic line!

philhilo 17/Aug/14 Lead O/S

How could a route live up to this much hype? Well this one did. Late starts, delays, rain, and tides made this the only route of a 400 mile 8 hour round trip weekend,but what a superb route.

with Helen E
Thinker01 08/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Very nice but murder on the toes!

RFWilkie 08/Aug/14 2nd dog

Slipped off right at top while racking gear and chatting to Mark with no hands on rock!

with Mark
Hidden 03/Aug/14 Lead O/S
spragglerocks 29/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with Matt
Norman_P_W 16/Jul/14 TR
with Bob M
Hidden 16/Jul/14 TR
bigie bob 05/Jul/14 2nd O/S
petecallaghan 21/Jun/14 Lead O/S

What a beautiful route - fabulous setting, solid rock, great gear. I am baffled by the grade tho - easier and safer than Tourist Trap (E1) and very similar style of route.

with Adrian Swinscoe, David Llewelyn
Hidden 21/Jun/14 2nd O/S
PeterDawson 19/Jun/14 Lead RP

amazing route

Luke Dawson 18/Jun/14 Lead rpt
with Mike Adams, Peter Dawson
Pippa 14/Jun/14 2nd rpt
mountain_jay 14/Jun/14 Lead O/S
markalmack 29/May/14 2nd O/S
with james marjot
Hooo 26/May/14 2nd O/S

Steady 5b, but doesn't let up the whole way. Plenty of gear so feel I could lead it, but dunno if I'd manage it without a rest. Well done Nevil for doing it clean.

with Vince, Nevil
Nevil 26/May/14 Lead
Vincej 26/May/14 2nd
with Nevil
Nick Russell 18/May/14 Lead O/S

Very sustained! Solid E2 but I nothing harder than 5b. Not expecting to find the top so hard, but it was probably just me being tired rather than hard climbing. Had to pull on a disconcertingly wobbly block in the crack, but it definitely wasn't coming out.

BALD EAGLE 18/May/14 2nd

A wee video of a grand day out on the amazing sea stack formation of Blackchurch Rock on the Culm Coast near Hartland in North Devon. The jewel in the crown is the superlative and most photogenic E2 5b/c "Sacre Coeur" and is rightly described by UKC and Rockfax as "a majestic pitch of flawless quality" and a super-classic in the South West of the UK: All constructive feedback or comments welcome and hopefully it may inspire a few folks with sacred hearts and strong calves to climb on Blackchurch Rock! :-)

with Nick Russell, David Martinez Majo
jon_gill1 17/May/14 Lead O/S

I found myself thinking this is never E2 for the first half as there was gear all the way but as i got higher my feet and calf muscles were aching and the moves were getting was wet at the bottom and damp all the way up which probably made it feel harder but it was definitely E2 5c and felt hard at that as i ran out the top as i couldn't stop to place gear!one of the hardest E2's iv'e led anyway.quality route all the way!

with chris Lyness
Hidden 21/Apr/14 2nd dog
Matt Smith 21/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Have had this climb as my background on my laptop for years and finally lead it!! What a superb route, bomber gear placements and lots of it, very sustained though.

Hidden 16/Apr/14 Lead
Hidden ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
kingholmesy ??/2014 2nd O/S
with Colin
davebrox 23/Sep/13 Lead O/S
AlexD 15/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Early morning ascent, pretty damp n slippy but bomber nuts all the way!

with Ed
Ed Babs 15/Sep/13 2nd O/S
with AlexD
Hidden 07/Sep/13 TR
Graham Westbrook 06/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Great route! Feet hurt but it was worth it!

Alex the Alex 25/Aug/13 Lead O/S

So sustained! But cured the hangover nicely. A classic line with ample protection.

Tala M 25/Aug/13 2nd O/S

Great slab climb, murder on the calves though! At 8months pregnant and topped off by a proposal after climbing it, it doesn't get much better.

Hidden 21/Jul/13 2nd O/S
simonhammond1966 16/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Fantastic climb from bottom to top. Lots of gear but moving so quick with no real rests that forgot to get a couple of good bits in before some more thin moves near the top - never mind it just made me sweat a bit more! Mountain biking in was a great idea.

Joel Perkin 16/Jul/13 2nd O/S
with Simon Hammond
GPN 07/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Annette
net 07/Jul/13 2nd
with George
Jelly Mould Surfer 06/Jul/13 2nd O/S

Sustained and hard on the feet. I reckon 5c for me, someone with smaller hands and feet may be 5b. It just doesn't stop - lots of pro after the first 20 feet, but can you get it in? Glad it wasn't my lead

AJM 26/Jun/13 2nd β
with Sophie Wynne-Jones
Hidden 24/Jun/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 03/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Michael Aylen 03/Jun/13 2nd
with Macca
lanky ?/Jun/13 Lead
berry ?/Apr/13 2nd
with richard pollard
haz rudry ??/2013 2nd
Hidden 22/Sep/12 Lead rpt
benkelsey 05/Sep/12 Lead O/S

total cruise. mega psyched at the top and for the rest of the day. no sign of foot-cramp or calf-burn. 3*'s

with Anna
riddle 01/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Just excellent

with Yasmina, Tom Elliot
mrtom 01/Sep/12 2nd O/S

Should have lead this. Safe and not too hard

with Yasmina Couty, Roger HSmith
Hidden 01/Sep/12 2nd
gripped01 26/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Rimon Than
Stone Muppet 21/Aug/12 Lead O/S

E2 5b seems fair, well protected but also well sustained!

with ah
Hidden 16/Aug/12 2nd β
alexjz 16/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Great climb and confirms my first E2 breakthrough from 2 days earlier with this one onsight. Really good gear throughout, got a bit confused as to when I should step left as the chalk from the people before went up past the deep slot. Took the right way though (left at the first deep slot). Really good moves, the calfs got a good beating, Elvis lives on forever!

with John Zalewski
belay bunny turned bad 16/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with loundsy
burto 21/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with hertha
rustaldo 17/Jul/12 Lead O/S

What a good route! Stepping left is the crux, takes plenty of gear but quite demanding on the feet and calves. Definate 3* line/climb/route, solid quality all the way, doesn't relent. Brilliant adventurous feel to the crag and we just about dodged the incoming tide.

Jordon Fleming 17/Jul/12 2nd dog

was fine untill i wrong footed myself on the crux :( which i had no idea how i did and the on the swap my foot pinged off ! will have to go back and lead it

with matt
just one more 09/Jul/12 Lead


with Phil K
James Oswald 18/Jun/12 Lead dog

Fell off this twice - once trying to place gear and a second time in a more half hearted way. This is not just incredibly pumpy and tiring on the feet but also very painful. There really is no let up, even when you think there will be near there top around the vegetation. loads and loads of 5b with some 5c moves.

timdi ?/Jun/12 Lead
HansUDes 27/May/12 TR dog

put a rope down and climbed this with a self-belay device - but needed to rest inbetween x2 because my toes hurt like hell (small holds, small twist in cracks for toes)

tim exley 19/Apr/12 Lead O/S
masa-alpin 06/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Fantastic climb on marvellous rock!! I found the crux was hard 5c or easy 6a for me, possibly due to me being very short and/or damp condition on the day. If it is 5b, the adjectival grade should be E1, as it is so well protected.

with Lee P
mksmith35 05/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Tom Kirby
Ian JL ??/2012 Lead O/S
Stone Idle ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Anna duckett ??/2012 2nd
with Ben Kelsey
Aaron Phillips 15/Oct/11 2nd O/S

1 rest to get out a jammed nut. this climb likes to spit out gear.

with my dad
Dawlish 15/Oct/11 Lead
westyb3 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Heather Ogston
WB 30/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Guy
Hidden 29/Sep/11 Lead
Matthew Robinson 01/Sep/11 Lead
with Gala
Hidden ?/Sep/11 Lead O/S
GuyM ?/Sep/11 2nd
with will
oggles ?/Sep/11 2nd


wi11 17/Aug/11 2nd β
with Rob G
petegunn 02/Aug/11 Lead

Amazing rock architecture set in a beautiful setting and an excellent line. Well worth a visit :)

with Davina
Hidden 02/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/11 2nd
Hidden ?/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Kate Edhouse 31/Jul/11 2nd O/S

Hard and sustained on the toes and calves...BUT AMAZING!

kyle 31/Jul/11 Lead
Hidden 22/Jul/11 Lead β
Hidden 19/Jun/11 2nd
Pippa 19/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Jon
Neil Adams 27/May/11 Lead O/S
jonnie3430 24/May/11 Lead O/S
with Carol
Carol Goodall 24/May/11 2nd
Bristoldave 22/May/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/May/11 Lead O/S
Fran S8 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S
liamoloughlin 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Apr/11 Lead O/S
_m.cox_ 17/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/Mar/11 Lead O/S
PeterDawson ??/2011 TR O/S
Chris the Tall 26/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Brilliant. Not as hard as expected, but very sustained and hard on the feet

with Vic
Hidden 16/Sep/10 2nd rpt
david morse 16/Sep/10 Lead O/S


with chris todd
Tom Seccombe 29/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with Stu Bradbury
Hidden 15/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Aug/10 2nd O/S
lrandall 13/Aug/10 2nd

Tough on the calves! A brilliant route.

Hidden 12/Aug/10 Lead dog
Dave Lacey 12/Aug/10 2nd O/S
andy dunn 05/Aug/10 2nd
with Tom
tskelhon 24/Jul/10 2nd O/S

Awesome epic, John ran out upper section loads, then some gear dropped into the sea, had to swim for it. Started the second with the tide lapping at my ankles!

Jon_Warner 24/Jul/10 Lead O/S

bring some small nuts, and lots of qds, and save some for the end....

with Tom
Brown 18/Jul/10 2nd β
with Ben Lepesant
Jessie Rushbrooke 29/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with GF
Rob84 23/Jun/10 2nd O/S

Awesome route - steady through the crack but the top-out is decidedly sketchy with no holds to speak of and friction climbing on crumbly litchen until you get the thank God jug that is the top of the crag. Glad I was seconding - top effort Chris!

with Chris James
Hidden 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Mike W 08/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Jun/10 2nd
culmclimberRob 03/Jun/10 Lead β

done the e3 finish, had top roped the full sacre coeur route week before as it was getting dark and didnt fancy leading anything in the dark

with lois b
Hidden ?/Jun/10 2nd β
Hidden 09/May/10 2nd rpt
vertically_challenged 17/Apr/10 Lead O/S

non stop til the top! my most favourite and hardest climb to date. my calves were burning!! so much good gear that i almost ran out by half way and had to spread it out towards the top.

Hidden 14/Apr/10 2nd
Bobby Gilbert 10/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Easy for the grade

katherinesydney 10/Apr/10 2nd dog

agony on my slippered toes

Peter Reynolds ?/Mar/10 Lead
westaway 03/Jan/10 Lead O/S
MGrock ??/2010 -
Hidden 21/Sep/09 Lead dog
Hidden 28/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/May/09 2nd β
Luke d 17/Apr/09 TR O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/09 -
Vojta 25/Oct/08 2nd O/S
with Adrian Botting
sebrider 18/Oct/08 Lead dog

3 rests for the calfs! Awesome route and setting, perfect :)

with Eugene
Hidden 20/Sep/08 2nd O/S
Justin T 20/Sep/08 Lead dog

Owww my feet still hurt after doing this yesterday. Not much respite for the calves or toes. 1 fall then 2 rests - did the original finish (I think) which traverses right again near the top but ended probably too far right anyhow as it all gets a bit mossy and vegetated in the middle of the slab. Well protected but I wouldn't say this is a soft touch.

climbingpixie 16/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with James
Hidden 16/Sep/08 Lead β
John Kettle 24/Aug/08 Lead O/S
richardr 03/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Good route, awesome situ, great feature. Extremely well protected! Loved it!

Hidden ?/Aug/08 Lead
clobato99 10/Jul/08 2nd dog

Aewsome climb, few falls, no pulling on gear. Bloody windy, puts off balance straight away.

with John Vincent
nickdonohue ?/Jul/08 Lead

Brilliant, very tidal, you need to be there at dead low tide

with Andy Neath
existing debt 26/Jun/08 2nd dnf

rain finished play, fantastic lead by Iain A though

with Iain a
eley1 06/May/08 Lead
with graham
Shaw Brown 06/May/08 Lead
with Jeb
Hidden ?/May/08 TR O/S
Chad123 19/Apr/08 AltLd O/S

Epic! We got there 3 hours after low tide and couldn't access the route, so abbed in and did it from a hanging belay. Not quite as classic as I remembered - but anyway so far so good, we then noticed the tide had cut us off and we had 3 hours wait on the windy, rainy rock before the tide had gone out enough.....doh....

with Emily
Hidden ?/Apr/08 2nd
Matt Vigg ??/2008 -
SGD 15/Sep/07 Lead O/S

what a climb what a location. climbed it what can be loosely described as a fresh sea breeze....aka, very blustery

with Alastair Thompson
Hidden 15/Sep/07 Lead
chris j 30/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Mark Davies
Urgles 30/Aug/07 Lead O/S

Yes, superb delightful climbing, a joy and surprisingly easy for E2. Bravo! well done! 11 bits of gear

with Chris j
Hidden 27/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Rich Kirby 07/Jul/07 2nd O/S
with Ash
Hidden 07/Jul/07 Lead O/S
tumbling wizard ?/Jul/07 Lead O/S
with luke hodgekinson
Owen W-G 02/Jun/07 Lead O/S

Brilliant calf-wobbler. At least 15 bits of gear I think!

with Simon Denison
Hidden ?/Feb/07 Lead O/S
eley1 ?/Feb/07 2nd
with graham
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
ecowaller ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
rob.grafton ??/2007 Lead
with Paul McCann
feilx 07/Oct/06 Lead O/S
with Tom H
Marti999 ?/Aug/06 Lead
chris sm 25/Jun/06 2nd rpt

Led before.

cornishben 25/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Chris Sims
datoon 25/Jun/06 Lead O/S

Also with AB

with RT & AB
reg_measures 28/May/06 2nd rpt
with timmy elson
stevieo10 ?/Apr/06 2nd O/S
with gritrashgraham
Hidden 18/Sep/05 2nd
Hidden 11/Jun/05 Lead
Andy Clarke 11/Jun/05 AltLd O/S

A beautiful route. Sustained but very well protected.

with Dale
Hidden ??/2005 -
Hidden 25/Aug/03 Lead O/S
Samuel P 02/Aug/03 TR
simon kimber ?/Jul/03 Lead O/S
with Hazel Duff
cem 28/Jun/03 Lead O/S
with Liam Mark, Neil Northrop
nige pacer 31/May/03 2nd
Hidden 24/May/03 Lead O/S
reg_measures 30/Mar/03 Lead O/S


with pete kenyon
Hidden ?/Jun/02 Lead O/S
Jason Gotel ?/May/02 TR


Dave Musgrove Jnr 23/Jul/01 2nd O/S
with Viv
rockjedi12345 ?/Jun/01 Lead O/S
TimTaylor1980 01/Jan/01 Lead dog
Mickdenali ??/2001 Lead
with Mark Hutchinson
Hidden ?/Jul/00 Lead
Hidden ?/Jun/00 Lead O/S
Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
bullybones ??/2000 -
mikej 30/Aug/99 2nd
with Jeremy Cowen
chris sm 20/Oct/98 Lead O/S
with Andy Robinson
Chad123 ?/Apr/98 -

First E2 in England!

with Lard
alan moore ??/1998 -

Grim, stormy day. Bought a bunch of extra wires and scrabbled up it somehow. Sobering to reach the top and still be craning your neck to look up at the main cliff; that's where the real action is!

goi.ashmore 26/Jul/97 Lead O/S

In the rain

with James Tracey, Rob Bradley
IanGilbertJones 05/Jul/97 Lead dog
andy_pemberton ?/May/97 Lead
with Rik Meek
Derek Ryden ??/1997 Lead

Tide coming in. Swam round to front for a recce. Then abbed in and belayed on bottom of ab rope. Waded thigh-deep back to mainland after. Excellent

with Andy Forbes
Hidden ??/1997 Lead
colin milton 08/Sep/96 Lead O/S
with eric milton
snowcat 03/Aug/96 2nd
with Dave Morriss, Chris Schiller
Hidden 07/Jun/96 Lead
Roget 06/May/96 Lead O/S
with jon
NeilGriffiths ??/1996 2nd
with Neville, Paul Tucker
Gregory ??/1996 Lead
ellis ??/1996 Lead O/S
with Jim Church
Babika 05/Aug/95 2nd O/S
with Peter Neden, Mark Jones
Simon cook ?/Aug/95 Lead
Didymus 12/Jul/95 2nd O/S
with Marcus
auld al ?/May/95 Lead O/S
whispering nic ?/Aug/94 2nd
with Kat
timbanton ?/Aug/94 -
Hidden 11/Jun/94 2nd
Rob Davies 29/Aug/93 Lead dnf

Long wait for tide to go out and rock to dry, by which time it was getting quite late. Long fall (40') from near top as last runners had lifted out. Bad light stopped play.

with Roy Lindsay
kp64zl ?/Apr/92 Lead
with Keith, Jason M
Andy Fielding 08/Sep/91 2nd
with Mark Lardner
rogerskews 25/May/91 -

It took 10 minutes for my legs to recover at the top! Could hardly move.

with Bryn Roberts
kp64zl ?/May/91 2nd
with Paul
Andy Say 28/Apr/91 Lead
Hidden 28/Mar/91 Lead rpt
Dave Rumney ?/Jun/90 -
Hidden 07/May/90 Lead O/S
Bruce Kerr 22/Jul/89 2nd
with Keith Turton
Nevil ??/1988 2nd

Do not know year

with John
Nick Biven 30/Aug/87 Lead O/S
with Ashley Hunt
Tom V 17/Aug/87 Lead
with Howie Darwin
Nigel Coe ??/1987 2nd
eroica64 27/Jul/86 Lead

Sustained bu straightforward. Very well protected.

with Denis Crampton
Hidden 13/Oct/85 Lead O/S
shark 20/Jul/85 2nd O/S
with Seb Grieve
charlesmfrench ??/1985 Lead O/S


with Ian Milne
Hidden ??/1982 Lead
Hammy 16/Aug/81 Lead
with Rob Lawson
neil3965 ?/Jul/81 2nd
with Dick Lewesley
Mark Kemball ?/Apr/81 Lead
with Bill McKee
Hidden ?/May/80 Lead O/S
Chris Craggs ??/1980 -
Hidden ??/1979 -
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