Great Zawn

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

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.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

West Country Climbs (2010), West Cornwall & Supplement (2000),
Out of print: Bosigran and the North Coast (1991)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
1The Variety ShowHVS 5a **118
2ZarathustraE2 5b *9
3Green Cormorant FaceE2 5c **53
4Deja VuE4 5c ***32
5Green Cormorant Ledge TraverseHVS 5a *1
6The DreamE3 6a ***10
7CanuteE4 6a *1
8LiberatorE4 6a ***9
9Dream LiberatorE3 6a ***77
10Fool's LodeE5 6a *1
11The West FaceE5 6b ***20
12Opium/CaptivatorE6 6c ** 
13The Girdle TraverseE2 5c * 
14Something in the AirE3 5c * 
15Desolation RowE2 5b **76
16HurricaneE4 6a * 
17Candy ManE1 5c *18
18ScalpelHVS 5a * 
19FatedE5 6b ** 
20ProphecyE5 6b ** 
21OmenE2 5b *7
22Dead LuckyE4 6b * 
23Free SPiritE4 6a * 
24High SPiritsE4 6a * 
25JudasE1 5b *6
26Kubla KhanE3 6a **1
27XanaduE2 5b ***36
28Ivory TowerVS 4b 1
29Shape ShifterHVS 5a 4
30Ocean RainE2 5b 2
31Great Zawn ChimneyE1 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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