The Parson and The Clerk

Climbs 2 – Rocktype Sandstone (soft) – Altitude Tidal – Faces ?

Crag features
There appears to be some confusion about the two climbs in this area, known as the Parson and the Clerk.

The OS map clearly designates the single headland/leaning stack feature as 'the Parson and the Clerk', while the smaller offshore pinnacle is called Shag Rock. However from what I can tell Shag Rock is often referred to as the Clerk, and the climb 'The Clerk' appears to be on this rock.

See also Chris Mellor's guide to sea stack climbing:

Access notes
The traditional approach to the Parson involves running through a railway tunnel, and therefore cannot be recommended! It may be possible to approach from the coastal path above...

For guidance only, the traditional approach is:

Follow the steep lane at the S end of Holcombe (on the A379) to the beach and go through the railway tunnel for 400yds. Abseil down the embankment to the beach then traverse to the wall opposite the Parson.

Access to Shag Rock (often mistakenly called the Clerk) is by boat.

South Devon and Dartmoor (1995)

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