Chair Ladder

Climbs 130 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude ? – Faces S

Crag features

A huge and intricate sea cliff offering stunning multi-pitch routes up to 70 m, mostly in the S to E1 grades. Solid and endowed with cracks and holds. Must-dos include Pendulum Chimney (S), Pegasus (HS), South Face Direct (VS 4c), Diocese (VS 5a), Bishops Rib (E1 5b).

Note that the start of the classic Terrier's Tooth was affected by rockfall in early 2014. It is now harder and less pleasant than before.

Approach notes

Park at the Porthgwarra car park (pay and display, may become busy in summer and holidays). Follow the tarmac lane uphill past granite buildings on the left. Follow the road in a loop to the left above the houses, then take the path right across heathland to the coastguard lookout. Only the summits of the buttresses can be seen from this level; take care to orient yourself before heading down. Ash Can Gully is the broad gully below the lookout.

Access notes

Tidal. The base of many routes can only be reached for three hours either side of low tide. However, worthwhile climbing can still be found at high tide, for example

- traverse onto Wolf Buttress from Ash Can Gully to do Aerial or Corporals Route.

- do the upper section of The Mitre starting in Pinnacle Gully

- abseil down East Chimney to get to the start of South Face Direct and Pendulum Chimney (calm seas only).

Nesting fulmars can be a problem in spring and early summer, especially on Bulging Wall and the Main Cliff.

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

South West Climbs Volume 2 (2014), West Country Climbs (2010), West Cornwall & Supplement (2000),
Out of print: Chair Ladder and the South Coast (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2Consolation ClimbVD 2
3The Naked EdgeE5 6b  
4The GrooveE2 5c **1
5AquilineE1 5a  
6Rinny WallHVS 4c  
7IllusionVS 5a  
9MaureenHS 4b 15
10The Gingerbread CrackE2 5c *7
11The Great Beast UnleashedE2 6a 1
12Overhanging ChimneyVS 4c *20
13Pop Will Eat Its SelfHVS 5a  
14KittiwakeHVS 5a **57
15Seal SlabVS 4c **238
16Great Slab RouteD 31
17PegasusHS 4b ***330
18West Face DirectE2 5c **10
19Rake's ProgressVD **87
20Altered ImagesE1 5b 1
21KaleidoscopeVS 4c *13
22MedusaVS 4b  
24Free RideHVS 5a  
25Western AreteHS 4c 7
26Great Western AreteHVS 5b *5
27Western ChimneysD 14
28The Thin Red LineE2 5c  
29BeaujolaisE1 5b  
30Scarlet PimpernelE3 5c *8
31The Red TowerE4 6a *2
32Red WallS 4a **119
33Suicide CrackS 4b  
34Centre PieceE2 5c *5
35Central RouteHVS 5a *5
36Central Buttress ChimneysVD 2
37Halfway HouseVS 4c  
38The ShadowsVS 5a  
39NeptuneVS 4c *20
40ExcelsiorE1 5b **94
41Pendulum ChimneyS 4b ***388
42Detergent WallHVS 4c *30
43South Face DirectVS 4c ***542
44Southern AreteE4 6a  
45Cleft RouteD 8
46East ChimneyD 10
48AlmostVD 2
49South-East Face DirectVS 4c *5
50Love 30E1 5a  
51Hysterical HamstersE4 6b *1
52The BuccaneerVS 4c *40
53Dexter CrackS 4a *25
54Mermaid's RouteVD *68
55Original RouteVD 19
57NearlyHVS 5a *2
58Not RightVS 5a  
59Just AboutE1 5b 4
60Not QuiteHS 4c 5
61LegolandE4 5c  
62Lizzy's FollyVD 3
63Cave RouteHS 4b 2
64The LobsterE6 6b  
65Sea HorseHVS 5b 2
67Wolverine ChimneyVD 40
68Giant StepsS 31
69Corporal's RouteHS 4b *66
70AerialVS 4c **128
71Animated WallE5 6a **1
72CalibanE3 6a *5
73 The TempestE5 6b **2
74Rats In A RageE6 6c  
75Cut-OffS 9
76LacerationHVS 5a 5
78Raider's RouteD 3
79Flannel AvenueHS 4b ***203
80Mine ClimbHVS 5a 8
81DioceseVS 5a ***520
82The SurfboardHVS 5b 4
83Bishop's AreteHVS 5a **32
84Bishop's Arete / Rib CombinationHVS 5a **2
85The SteepleE3 6a *4
86The SpireE3 5c **27
87Bishop's RibE1 5b ***384
88Cardinal SinE4 6b *1
89Space ChaseHVS 5b 1
90The MitreVS 4c **74
91The PawnVS 4c **7
92RatcatcherE2 5b 3
94Fat CityE1 6a  
95BlockbusterE4 5c 1
96Golden RabbitE3 5b  
97Expresso BonzoE1 5b *36
98Terrier's Tooth (Pre-2014)VD ***727
99Terrier's ToothHS 4b ***77
100Grit ExilesE2 5b *7
101MasqueradeE2 5c 3
102ToothacheVS 4c 7
103Asterix In CornwallVS 5a 1
104Dangle And MangleVS 5a 1
105NutcrackerVS 4c 5
106The MaulerHVS 5a 1
107Dracula The UndeadE6 6b 2
109The Girdle TraverseS 2
110The Bishop's ChainVS 1
112White SlabM 6
113White Slab RightD 2
114Dodge CityHVS 5a 2
115Dodger's ChimneyD 18
116Close To The EdgeHVS 5a 2
117La SpecialeHVS 5a 1
118Dead Head CrackHS 4b *1
119Mini Minx ChimneyVD 3
120Iron MaidenVS 4c  
121NautilusHVS 4c 1
122Moon DogHVS 4c  
123Softly-SoftlyHVS 4c 1
124The Great DivideE2 5c *1
125Private PerformanceHVS 5a *3
126Midnight RunnerE1 5b **7
127The GladiatorHVS 5a  
128Rock PilgrimHVS 4c  
129Super VisionE3 5c ** 
130Fury Of AtlantaE4 6a  
131Master Of DisasterE4 5b  
132Lies, Lies, LiesVS 4c 1
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TERRIERS TOOTH ROCK FALL... pitch of terriers tooth has been taken by the sea! both starts and the ledge which was the 1st belay stance have now gone leaving a slab of smooth granite and some loose rock, it is climbable but a a different grade and with less gear
Stu Bradbury - 22/Feb/14