Unique rock - not granite but schorl, composed of quartz and tourmaline, and possessing the most extraordinary friction.
A good selection of routes across the mid-grades from diffs up to a desperate E4 6b roof crack.
Some of the belays need to be taken back to the ruin on top of the rock.
Climbing on the monastery walls is strictly forbidden, but the signs indicating a complete climbing ban on the approach path are old, out of date and climbing is very much allowed.
Locals say adders are a big problem here but I didn't see any in two full days last week (Aug 2012)
Sports/Social club car park is huge and was empty for the two days I used it. Checked with a local/neighbour who said it was absolutely no problem to park there.
Access was from the back of the car park, past the Sports/social club building, go right, through the gate and then follow the hedgerow around to the left. Cut through the obvious opening and head towards the rock. Fight through the ferns on the relatively obvious but muddy paths.
In bad weather at least one side of the rock seemed to remain a little sheltered.
Cheesewring & South East Cornwall: A Climbers' Guide (2012), West Country Climbs (2010),
Out of print: Cheesewring and South East Cornwall (1998)
|2||God Forbid||E4 6b **||10|
|3||Hook and Eye||VS 4c **||25|
|4||East Chimney (Right Hand Variation)||HS 4b *||37|
|5||East Chimney||S 4b||78|
|6||Oxford Climb||VD 4a||31|
|7||Oxford Direct||VD *||14|
|8||Ivy Mantled Tower||S 4b||43|
|9||South East Buttress||D 4a **||184|
|10||Smoked Bacon||E2 6a **||2|
|11||Moping Owl||VS 4c||166|
|12||Porky||VS 4c ***||337|
|13||Lord Falmouth||HVS 5a *||365|
|14||Corner & Staircase||D 3b||335|
|15||Tregagle's Crack||S 4b||330|
|16||Cerro FitzRoche||HVS 5b||1|
|17||Sparkle Motion||E1 5b||1|
|18||National Diploma in Outdoor Education||E3 6b *||6|
|19||Tregagle's Buttress||HS 4c||193|
|20||Tregagle's Traverse||V3 *||2|
|21||NVQ in Origami||E2 5c||17|
|22||Tregagle's Rib||VS 5a||26|
|23||Easy Chimney||D 3c||57|
|24||Easy Chimney Crack||S 4a||12|
|26||Swink Rib/Singing the Fishing||E1 5a *||14|
|27||Swink Chimney||VS 4c||60|
|28||Mount Rimmer||VS 5a||6|
|29||Tump Wall||D 3c||16|
|30||North Buttress||D 3c||48|
|31||Late Again||HS 4b||2|
|32||Shorty's Folly Variation Finish||HS 4c *||22|
|33||Shorty's Folly||VS 4c *||121|
|34||Vastus medialis||S *||7|
|36||The Vital Spark||VS 4b *||7|
|37||Ferrero Roche||HVS 4c||7|
|38||Perfect Weather to Fly||E1 5b *||4|
|39||Clay Country||VD *||5|
|40||Bin Down Bindown||VD||5|
|41||Get On John!||S 4b||4|
|42||Gracefully Disappear in a Room||VS 4c||5|
|43||Baby, We'll Be Fine||VS 4c||5|
|46||Shave the Cornish||V4 6a||2|
|49||Blaze (Slapper super-low start)||V3||3|
|54||Will Smith||f7A+ *||1|
|61||Hweghves variation||S 4a||21|
|64||Cornish Stair Case †||VD||3|
|65||The Lepar||VS 4c||2|
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