Sacre Coeur*** E2 5b
[Nearing the end of Sacre Coeur (E2 5c) at Blackchurch Rock, 2 kb]A majestic pitch of flawless quality. Take lots of wires. Start beneath the disjointed crack-system on the left side of the slab. 30m. 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. Photo on page 111. © ROCKFAX
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.

Photo: Nearing the end of Sacre Coeur (E2 5c) at Blackchurch Rock © Matt Smith
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Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/14

timdi - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Sep/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/14

Really good.
R2B - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/14 with Climb

Fantastic. The top felt bold,
Stuart Johnston - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Adam Ryan

Led the first 2/3 of the route then came down. Calves were exhausted and I'm a bit out of shape. Fantastic line!
adam 24 - Lead dog - 24/Aug/14 with Stuart Johnstone

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.
philhilo - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/14 with Helen E

Very nice but murder on the toes!
Thinker01 - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/14 with RFWilkie

Slipped off right at top while racking gear and chatting to Mark with no hands on rock!
RFWilkie - 2nd dog - 08/Aug/14 with Mark

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/14

spragglerocks - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/14 with Matt

Hidden - TR - 16/Jul/14

Hidden - TR - 16/Jul/14

bigie bob - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/14

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.
petecallaghan - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14 with Adrian Swinscoe, David Llewelyn

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/14

amazing route
PeterDawson - Lead RP - 19/Jun/14

Luke Dawson - Lead rpt - 18/Jun/14 with Mike Adams, Peter Dawson

Pippa - 2nd rpt - 14/Jun/14 with Jamie Thornley

mountain_jay - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Pippa Froggatt

markalmack - 2nd O/S - 29/May/14 with james marjot

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.
Hooo - 2nd O/S - 26/May/14 with Vince, Nevil

Hidden - Lead - 26/May/14

Vincej - 2nd - 26/May/14 with Nevil

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.
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 18/May/14 with Dave Linnett, David Martinez

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CS8NokZEr4 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! :-)
BALD EAGLE - 2nd - 18/May/14 with Nick Russell, David Martinez Majo

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 harder.it 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!
jon_gill1 - Lead O/S - 17/May/14 with chris Lyness

Hidden - 2nd dog - 21/Apr/14

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.
Matt Smith - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/14 with Zoe Taylor

Hidden - Lead - 16/Apr/14

Hidden - 2014

mike mo - 2014

IanGilbertJones - 2014

kingholmesy - 2nd O/S - 2014 with Colin

davebrox - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/13

Early morning ascent, pretty damp n slippy but bomber nuts all the way!
AlexD - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/13 with Ed

Ed Babs - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/13 with AlexD

Hidden - TR - 07/Sep/13

Great route! Feet hurt but it was worth it!
Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/13

So sustained! But cured the hangover nicely. A classic line with ample protection.
Alex the Alex - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13

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.
Tala M - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Mike Brookes

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/13

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.
simonhammond1966 - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13 with Joel Perkin

Joel Perkin - 2nd O/S - 16/Jul/13 with Simon Hammond

GPN - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/13 with Annette

net - 2nd - 07/Jul/13 with George

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
Jelly Mould Surfer - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/13

AJM - 2nd β - 26/Jun/13 with Sophie Wynne-Jones

Hidden - Lead rpt - 24/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/13

lanky - Lead - Jun/13

berry - 2nd - Apr/13 with richard pollard

haz rudry - 2nd - 2013

Hidden - Lead rpt - 22/Sep/12

total cruise. mega psyched at the top and for the rest of the day. no sign of foot-cramp or calf-burn. 3*'s
benkelsey - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/12 with Anna

Just excellent
riddle - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/12 with Yasmina, Tom Elliot

Should have lead this. Safe and not too hard
mrtom - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/12 with Yasmina Couty, Roger HSmith

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Sep/12

gripped01 - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Rimon Than

E2 5b seems fair, well protected but also well sustained!
Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/12 with ah

Hidden - 2nd β - 16/Aug/12

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!
alexjz - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/12 with John Zalewski

belay bunny turned bad - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/12 with loundsy

burto - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12 with hertha

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.
rustaldo - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/12 with Jordon Fleming

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
Jordon Fleming - 2nd dog - 17/Jul/12 with matt

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.
James Oswald - Lead dog - 18/Jun/12 with Jon Stewart

timdi - Lead - Jun/12

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)
HansUDes - TR dog - 27/May/12 with JA Thomson

tim exley - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/12 with Tom Secombe

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.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12 with Lee P

Smithy Smith - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/12 with Tom Kirby

alan moore - 2012

Ian JL - Lead O/S - 2012

Stone Idol - 2012

Hidden - 2012

1 rest to get out a jammed nut. this climb likes to spit out gear.
Aaron Phillips - 2nd O/S - 15/Oct/11 with my dad

Dawlish - Lead - 15/Oct/11 with Son Aaron

westyb3 - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Heather Ogston

WB - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/11 with Guy

Hidden - Lead - 29/Sep/11

Matthew Robinson - Lead - 01/Sep/11 with Gala

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/11

GuyM - 2nd - Sep/11 with will

Clean
oggles - 2nd - Sep/11 with ben west

wi11 - 2nd β - 17/Aug/11 with Rob G

Amazing rock architecture set in a beautiful setting and an excellent line. Well worth a visit :)
petegunn - Lead - 02/Aug/11 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/11

Hard and sustained on the toes and calves...BUT AMAZING!
Kate Edhouse - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/11 with Kyle Worgan

kyle - Lead - 31/Jul/11 with Kate Edhouse

Hidden - Lead β - 22/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jun/11

Pippa - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11 with Jon

Neil Adams - Lead O/S - 27/May/11 with Jim Higgins

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 24/May/11 with Carol

Carol Goodall - 2nd - 24/May/11 with Jonnie Williams

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 22/May/11 with CarolineH

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/May/11

Fran S8 - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

liamoloughlin - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/11

_m.cox_ - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/11 with Tom Harrison

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/11

PeterDawson - TR O/S - 2011

Brilliant. Not as hard as expected, but very sustained and hard on the feet
Chris the Tall - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10 with Vic

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 16/Sep/10

amazing
david morse - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/10 with chris todd

Tom Seccombe - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/10 with Stu Bradbury

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Aug/10

Tough on the calves! A brilliant route.
lrandall - 2nd - 13/Aug/10 with Max Adamson

Hidden - Lead dog - 12/Aug/10

Dave Lacey - 2nd O/S - 12/Aug/10 with jak.kelly

andy dunn - 2nd - 05/Aug/10 with Tom

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!
tskelhon - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/10 with John_Warner

bring some small nuts, and lots of qds, and save some for the end....
Jon_Warner - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/10 with Tom

Brown - 2nd β - 18/Jul/10 with Ben Lepesant

Jessie Rushbrooke - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/10 with GF

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!
Rob84 - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/10 with Chris James

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10

Mike W - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Jun/10

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
culmclimberRob - Lead β - 03/Jun/10 with lois b

Hidden - 2nd β - Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 09/May/10

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.
vertically_challenged - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Apr/10

Easy for the grade
Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Katherine Sydney

agony on my slippered toes
katherinesydney - 2nd dog - 10/Apr/10 with bobby gilbert

Peter Reynolds - Lead - Mar/10 with charlotte simmons

westaway - Lead O/S - 03/Jan/10

MGrock - 2010

Hidden - Lead dog - 21/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd β - 10/May/09

Luke d - TR O/S - 17/Apr/09

Hidden - 2nd - Mar/09

Vojta - 2nd O/S - 25/Oct/08 with Adrian Botting

3 rests for the calfs! Awesome route and setting, perfect :)
sebrider - Lead dog - 18/Oct/08 with Eugene

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Sep/08

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.
Justin T - Lead dog - 20/Sep/08

climbingpixie - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/08 with James

Hidden - Lead β - 16/Sep/08

John Kettle - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/08

Good route, awesome situ, great feature. Extremely well protected! Loved it!
richardr - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/08

Hidden - Lead - Aug/08

Aewsome climb, few falls, no pulling on gear. Bloody windy, puts off balance straight away.
clobato99 - 2nd dog - 10/Jul/08 with John Vincent

Brilliant, very tidal, you need to be there at dead low tide
nickdonohue - Lead - Jul/08 with Andy Neath

rain finished play, fantastic lead by Iain A though
existing debt - 2nd dnf - 26/Jun/08 with Iain a

eley1 - Lead - 06/May/08 with graham

Shaw Brown - Lead - 06/May/08 with Jeb

Hidden - TR O/S - May/08

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....
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/08 with Emily

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/08

Matt Vigg - 2008

what a climb what a location. climbed it what can be loosely described as a fresh sea breeze....aka, very blustery
SGD - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/07 with Alastair Thompson

Hidden - Lead - 15/Sep/07

chris j - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/07 with Mark Davies

Yes, superb delightful climbing, a joy and surprisingly easy for E2. Bravo! well done! 11 bits of gear
The Pylon King - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/07 with Chris j

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/07

Rich Kirby - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/07 with Ash

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/07

Brilliant calf-wobbler. At least 15 bits of gear I think!
Owen W-G - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/07 with Simon Denison

Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/07

eley1 - 2nd - Feb/07 with graham

Rob Kennard - 2007

ecowaller - 2007

Hidden - 2007

rob.grafton - Lead - 2007 with Paul McCann

feilx - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/06 with Tom H

Marti999 - Lead - Aug/06

Led before.
chris sm - 2nd rpt - 25/Jun/06 with Ben Sutton

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

Also with AB
datoon - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/06 with RT & AB

reg_measures - 2nd rpt - 28/May/06 with timmy elson

stevieo10 - 2nd O/S - Apr/06 with gritrashgraham

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Sep/05

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jun/05

A beautiful route. Sustained but very well protected.
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/05 with Dale

Hidden - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/03

Hidden - TR - 02/Aug/03

simon kimber - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with Hazel Duff

cem - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/03 with Liam Mark, Neil Northrop

nige pacer - 2nd - 31/May/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/03

amazing
reg_measures - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/03 with pete kenyon

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/02

Solo
Jason Gotel - TR - May/02

Dave Musgrove Jnr - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/01 with Viv

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/01

TimTaylor1980 - Lead dog - 01/Jan/01

Mickdenali - Lead - 2001 with Mark Hutchinson

Hidden - Lead - Jul/00

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/00

Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000

bullybones - 2000

mikej - 2nd - 30/Aug/99 with Jeremy Cowen

chris sm - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/98 with Andy Robinson

First E2 in England!
Chad123 - Apr/98 with Lard

In the rain
goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/97 with James Tracey, Rob Bradley

andy_pemberton - Lead - May/97 with Rik Meek

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
Derek Ryden - Lead - 1997 with Andy Forbes

Hidden - Lead - 1997

colin milton - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/96 with eric milton

snowcat - 2nd - 03/Aug/96 with Dave Morriss, Chris Schiller

Hidden - Lead - 07/Jun/96

Roget - Lead O/S - 06/May/96 with jon

NeilGriffiths - 2nd - 1996 with Neville, Paul Tucker

Simon cook - Lead - Aug/95

Jon Didymus - 2nd O/S - 12/Jul/95 with Marcus

auld al - Lead O/S - May/95

whispering nic - 2nd - Aug/94 with Kat

Hidden - Aug/94

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jun/94

kp64zl - Lead - Apr/92 with Keith, Jason M

Andy Fielding - 2nd - 08/Sep/91 with Mark Lardner

It took 10 minutes for my legs to recover at the top! Could hardly move.
rogerskews - 25/May/91 with Bryn Roberts

kp64zl - 2nd - May/91 with Paul

Andy Say - Lead - 28/Apr/91

Hidden - Lead rpt - 28/Mar/91

Dave Rumney - Jun/90

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/May/90

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 22/Jul/89 with Keith Turton

Hidden - 2nd - 1988

Nick Biven - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/87 with Ashley Hunt

Tom V - Lead - 17/Aug/87 with Howie Darwin

Nigel Coe - 2nd - 1987 with Gordon Jenkin

Sustained bu straightforward. Very well protected.
eroica64 - Lead - 27/Jul/86 with Denis Crampton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/85

shark - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/85 with Seb Grieve

Brilliant!
charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 1985 with Ian Milne

Hidden - Lead - 1982

Hammy - Lead - 16/Aug/81 with Rob Lawson

neil3965 - 2nd - Jul/81 with Dick Lewesley

Mark Kemball - Lead - Apr/81 with Bill McKee

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/80

Chris Craggs - 1980

Paul Clarke - 1979 with FMC

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