Climbs 40
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 10m a.s.l
Faces W

The Barn Lode. © wojtt

Crag features

A major venue for climbers above VS level, offering multi-pitch routes up to 220ft. A naturally beautiful setting in a huge zawn, remarkably close to Bosigran. In a sense, it is Cornwall's version of Huntsman's Leap (qv Pembroke) though without the tide, but much less sheltered. Classics include Desolation Row (E2 5b), Xanadu (E2 5b), Dream (E3), Liberator (E5) and the Dream-Liberator Connection (E3).

Approach notes

Non-tidal but beware heavy swells.

Park at the NT car park off the B3306 (by the mine-stack ruins). Follow the path down to a junction with the coastal path: go L. Follow the coast path from the small bridge above the ruined mine buildings above Porthmoina Cove. Climb with it steeply uphill to a levelling, and then cross a stile. Pass Bosigran Ridge on the R, and on through a low boulder wall. Follow the path (sometimes overgrown with bracken) seawards down a grassy depression, to the edge of Great Zawn.

Facing out, continue along the Zawn's R edge and down the stepped grassy terrace, to reach an abseil spike. Requires 130-ft rope, to reach the steep grassy slopes of the upper Zawn.

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West Country Climbs

West Country Climbs is a major Rockfax guide to one of the UK’s most celebrated, sunny and diverse climbing regions. The book is fashioned in Rockfax’s award-winning layout and design, and copiously illustrated with action photographs of the climbs and cliffs that reflect the quality and variety of climbing experiences to be had on offer in the UK’s most popular holiday destination - the West Country. This is a selected route and buttress guidebook which covers the best 900 routes from the crags listed below.
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West Cornwall & Supplement (2000)

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1The Variety ShowHVS 5a **141
E2 5b *9
3Green Cormorant FaceE2 5c **53
4Deja VuE4 5c ***33
5Green Cormorant Ledge Traverse
HVS 5a *1
6The Dream
E3 6a ***10
E4 6a *1
E4 6a ***9
9Dream LiberatorE3 6a ***78
10Fool's Lode
E5 6a *1
11The West FaceE5 6b ***21
E6 6c ** 
13The Girdle Traverse
E2 5c * 
14Something in the Air
E3 5c * 
15Desolation RowE2 5b **76
E4 6a * 
17Candy Man
E1 5c *18
18ScalpelHVS 5a * 
E5 6b ** 
E5 6b ** 
E2 5b *7
22Dead Lucky
E4 6b * 
23Free SPirit
E4 6a * 
24High SPirits
E4 6a * 
25JudasE1 5b *6
26Kubla Khan
E3 6a **1
27XanaduE2 5b ***36
28Ivory Tower
VS 4b 1
29Shape Shifter
HVS 5a 4
30Ocean RainE2 5b 2
31Great Zawn Chimney
E1 5a 2
32Three Score Years and Ten, AmenE6 6b ** 
33Exit RouteHS 4a 4
34Tangled Up In BlueHVS 5a 1
35The Barn LodeE5 6b ***2
36Liberator-Dream *E4 6a 1
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